Bill Gannon

Director of Online Operations, Lucasfilm Ltd. (former Editorial Director and Managing Editor of Yahoo! Inc.)
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Bill Gannon is director of online operations at Lucasfilm Ltd. with strategic and operational leadership responsibilities for online activities at the company. He was formerly senior editorial director and managing editor of Yahoo! Inc. where he had editorial strategy and leadership responsibilities in product development, content programming, front page news, and a range of policy issues. Gannon led Yahoo’s Front Page News programming for 3.5 years including coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Southeast Asian Tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina where his team raised more than $60 million in relief aid from Yahoo! users. Among the new products he created at Yahoo! are the Yahoo! Buzz Log, the Yahoo! Netrospective, and the Yahoo! Time Capsule. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Gannon was editorial director and managing editor of Financial Engines Inc., a high-tech financial services start-up where he received a co-inventor patent for his Internet product development work with a team of colleagues and company founder and Nobel laureate (Economics) William Sharpe. Earlier, he covered national politics, terrorism, investigative reporting, and conflict beat reporting including conflict coverage in Africa and the Middle East as a national correspondent for Newhouse Newspapers Inc. A former John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, Gannon has received such journalism honors as National Headliner Award, CIT Investigative Award, four New York Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club awards, New Jersey Press Association Journalist of the Year, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist with a team of reporters from the (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger in 2001. He currently teaches online journalism at the University of California-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Gannon was co-chairman of the Knight Digital Media Center’s National Advisory Board and also serves on the Board of Advisors to New Voices, a community news incubator project sponsored by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

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