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Ken Otterbourg


I have spent most of my professional life focused on two goals. The first is understanding and explaining complex issues. The second is finding stories that needed to be told. Most of that time was as a journalist. Armed with a degree in economics from Bowdoin College in chilly Maine, I started as a cub reporter at a tiny newspaper in Connecticut. Fate took me to Winston-Salem in 1986, and I've pretty much stayed put ever since, eventually becoming managing editor of the Winston-Salem Journal in 2005.

Since leaving the newspaper in 2010, I've continued to write for national and regional publications, with an emphasis on topics that combine business, politics and communities struggling with change. My work with Cap Dev is a lot like journalism. I listen hard, ask good questions and try to find a compelling narrative for nonprofits wanting to grow and adapt to new circumstances.

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