Damon Kiesow (@dkiesow) is the Director of Product at McClatchy working with a chain of local media companies (formerly known as newspapers) from California to Pennsylvania.

Previously, he was a Senior Product Manager at The Boston Globe helping guide mobile strategy and developing new mobile apps and mobile websites for Boston.com and BostonGlobe.com.

In 2010-2011 he was the Digital Media Fellow at the Poynter Institute in St Petersburg, Fla., writing daily about the use of mobile technology in journalism on Poynter.org. He has presented at numerous conferences and webinars on the topics of user experience, mobile media, change leadership, multimedia newsroom management and photojournalism.

In 2011 Kiesow also served as a Knight-McCormick Leadership Fellow, a program run by the Knight Digital Media Center and the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. In 2009 he was a Poynter-McCormick Change Leadership Fellow in a change management teaching program at the Poynter Institute.

As the managing editor/online at The Telegraph in Nashua, NH from 2005 – 2010, he worked to help the newsroom pursue a digital-first local news strategy.  Prior to joining the Telegraph he spent six years at AOL in Dulles, VA serving most recently as Principal Photo Editor for AOL News & Sports.

He is a past board member of the National Press Photographers Association, the Northern Short Course in Photojournalism and the New Hampshire Press Association. He has taught for a variety of regional and national groups including the Poynter Institute, the American Press Institute, Online News Association, the New England Press Association, the New England New Media Association, the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, The Society of American Travel Writers and the National Press Photographers Association.

Kiesow has a B.S in Business Administration from Rivier College in Nashua, NH and an M.S. in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University in Waltham, MA.

He currently lives with his wife Annette and son Josh in Cary, NC. Originally from Maine, he has also worked at the Bangor Daily News, Ellsworth American and Biddeford Journal Tribune in that state and the Laconia Citizen in New Hampshire.

A recent headshot is here.


I covered mobile media for The Poynter Institute from January 2010 – April 2011.

Mobile Newsgathering

How The Seattle Times Is Using Mobile Video, Twitter to Report News Fast

Former Newspaper Photographer Becomes Mobile, Social Journalist

How Newspapers Lost Their Mojo

The iPad

3 strategies emerge for charging for iPad publications

Why Zuckerberg was right: The iPad is not mobile, but it is leisurely

In its debut year, the iPad has not saved journalism, but it offers 3 lessons for media companies

Events in Egypt, Tucson show that media need to build a ‘Flipboard for news’

The Daily

A first look at The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s iPad newspaper

The Daily staffers we identified came from NY Post, AP, The Atlantic, AOL News, national media companies

5 Things The Daily should learn from Flipboard, Angry Birds, Huffington Post and other iPad apps

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