Evanston Now publisher Bill Smith was born and raised in Evanston and received bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. He also holds a juris doctor degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.
He was a broadcast news reporter, producer and anchor in Detroit and other cities. He taught journalism at Michigan State and Penn State and at Northeastern University in Boston.
He started working in online media in 1994, beginning with Ziff-Davis Publishing's pioneering project called Interchange and continuing with the Boston-based search engine company Lycos.
He returned to Evanston in 2005 and launched Evanston Now in 2006. He and his wife Jan share their home with a cat named Max.
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