As managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and JSOnline.com, George Stanley has worked to build a culture that encourages people to innovate and aspire. The Journal Sentinel newsroom focuses on strengths that distinguish it from other regional news sources, including in-depth investigative journalism, breaking news for digital platforms and expert beat coverage in government, politics, sports, business and entertainment.
Stanley built and oversees the Journal Sentinel’s investigative and in-depth project journalism process. The newspaper’s work has had tremendous community impact and has garnered high praise from readers while winning virtually every major national journalism award, including three Pulitzer Prizes since 2008 and nine Pulitzer finalists since 2003. Projects in the past year have led to major reforms in newborn screening processes across the country; new laws to upgrade mental health care in Milwaukee County and Wisconsin; and an end to undercover sting operations nationwide by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives until better training and procedures are established.
Also in the past year, Stanley initiated the O’Brien Fellowships in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University, in which experienced journalists from around the country spend an academic year working with students on in-depth reporting projects.
He serves on the board of directors of the American Society of News Editors and is a past board member of the Associated Press Managing Editors, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council. He also has served on the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Journalism.