Dan Flannery

Dan Flannery

Executive Editor,
The Post-Crescent
Appleton, WI

Grad Year: 1980
Major: Communication and the Arts
Hometown: Laona, WI

Journalist, award-winning columnist has write stuff

Dan Flannery worked for campus radio station WGBW-FM and wrote for the Fourth Estate weekly newspaper. At graduation he was a full-time sportswriter for a Green Bay newspaper covering the NFL and the Green Bay Packers.

He went on to win statewide honors as best editorial writer and best sports columnist. He was twice selected local columnist of the year by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. He was a national Best of Gannett honoree in 2006. Today, Flannery — in addition to writing the occasional column — is executive editor of The Post-Crescent newspaper, directing his staff’s coverage of Appleton, the Fox Cities, east-central Wisconsin and beyond. The P-C is the state's daily newspaper of the year four years running.

Favorite professors: “Tom Churchill and Dean O'Brien. Tom taught a fiction-writing workshop that really got me thinking about the power of words in setting a scene… Dean’s chief lesson for me was the mandate to get things right.”

UW-Green Bay: “One of the chief reasons I chose UWGB still rings true today — you learn how to be a problem-solver. The dedication to the multidisciplinary approach worked then, and it works today… It's not always enough to do the work in class, in the library and in research areas; today's employees need to understand the power of collaboration and how their singular skills can contribute to the whole.”