Frank J. Scandale

Consulting Editor
New York

Frank is a veteran Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who has guided newsrooms through some of the highest profile events in recent memory.

From the Columbine High School massacre to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Frank has been at the forefront of major news events across the country and developed strategies for his teams during crisis management moments.

Most recently, he and his team are part of the USA Today coronavirus coverage, which recently earned New York State honors for its meticulous chronicling and compelling storytelling of the virus's Ground Zero arrival in Westchester County, where the first containment zone was established.

His career has taken him from the halls of Wall Street for Reuters News Service during the 1987 financial collapse, to the suburbs of Colorado with The Denver Post for what many refer to as the start of America's mass shooting epidemic at Columbine High School.

He has contributed on network television, documentaries and radio to provide insight and context into some of the major stories of our time, including the mystery killing of JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, CO, the theft of the 9-11 American Flag and the decline of American media.

As vice president and editor in chief of The Bergen Record, he helmed coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks, out of which came one of journalism's most evocative images, the raising of the American flag by three firefighters hours after the Twin Towers had collapsed.

A prolific and engaging public speaker, and a regular guest lecturer at Rutgers University, The University of Colorado and New York University,  Frank co-founded The Daily Payoff gambling news website and launched a humor blog called Frank Talk.

Frank also freelances for domestic and foreign publications about the media industry and various environmental and social issues.  

In his spare time, you can find Frank searching for lost golf balls (his), cycling the roads of New Jersey and New York, sparking laughter from bored trout in Colorado or hiking with his yellow lab, Chester.

As a media professional who has seen the digital space radically change the way storytelling evolves, I plan to use my writing, editing and interviewing skills to show how stories are rarely just black or white.
Frank Scandale

Director of Investigations and Enterprise

Gannett Co.

2015 - present

In charge of all deep dive news investigations in the Hudson Valley, NY, and throughout the Atlantic Region.

Senior Editor and VP

Digital First Media

2012 - 2015

Coordinated national effort to convert 100 newspapers to same design to support digital expansion and growth.

VP/Editor in Chief

The Record (Bergen County, NJ) and

2001 - 2011

Led company transformation to a digital-first approach while achieving general overall journalism excellence.

Assistant Managing Editor

The Denver Post

1990 - 2001

In charge of all news operations covering Colorado and the West.


Rowan University 

B.A., Communications


University of Copenhagen, Denmark

General Scandinavian Studies

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Habitat for Humanity

St. Catharine’s RC Church

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