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Last Login 4/26/2016
Location Conway, AR
Education Bachelors Degree
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Rick Fahr is a longtime Arkansas journalist. Winner of two dozen statewide writing/editing contests, he is known as a thorough, fair and dedicated newsman, as well as a creative feature writer and powerful commentary writer. He is a decorated military veteran, having served tours of duty in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Iraq. His service in Iraq earned him the Bronze Star. He is an Arkansas native whose writing style recalls the scene-setting of Rick Bragg, the humor of Molly Ivins and the pacing of John Steinbeck.
Specialties
Politics. Media. The military. Sports. Outdoors.
Interests
Studying the writing craft and pursuing elusive truths and whitetail deer.
Education
Lyon College Journalism, Communications

Lyon College is a private liberal arts school in Batesville, Ark. Rick Fahr studied as an Anderson Scholar and graduated with a cumulative 3.4 GPA. While at Lyon, he was named the top journalism student.


Honors and Awards
Best news story, feature, series, column, editorial Rick Fahr has won two dozen statewide journalism contests. Those wins include the categories of best news story, feature story, series, hard news column, lifestyle column and editorial.

Certificates
Fundamentals of Reporting Poynter Institute for Media Studies
In 1998, Rick Fahr completed an intensive study period at the renowned Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. The small group of journalists from around the country included writers from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel and Houston Chronicle. Fahr was selected from among dozens of applicants for the program, which focused on honing reporting and writing skills.

Projects by Industry
Agriculture

Rick Fahr has served as the leader in content for Arkansas Agribusiness, a quarterly publication of Arkansas Business Publishing Group. Fahr is a native of the Arkansas rice-growing Delta and is familiar with row-crop farming and livestock production, as well as the timber industry.

Outdoor/Recreation

Rick Fahr is president of a hunting club in the pine forest of South Arkansas. He is a lifelong angler and hunter with knowledge of hunting deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, duck, dove, coyote and feral hog. In his angling career, Fahr has caught thousands of bass, bream, crappie, walleye, catfish, grennel, carp and one long-nose gar that would have been the state record had he not thrown it back.

Politics

Rick Fahr has covered politics in Arkansas since May 1992. That election cycle had special significance in Arkansas as it christened Blanche Lincoln as representative for the state's 1st District and saw Gov. Bill Clinton ascend to the presidency. Fahr has covered politics in all four of Arkansas's four congressional districts and at the state Capitol. As a journalist, Fahr covers politics down the middle of the road. As a columnist or editorialist, he leans left on some issues (social) and right on others (fiscal).

Projects by SEO Skill
SEO Keyword Requirements

Since 2007, Rick Fahr has worked diligently to grow digital audience for various entities. Search engine optimization is certainly one of the keystones to a successful growth program. Fahr helped grow www.thecabin.net from 700,000 pages views per month in 2009 to more than 2 million page views per month in 2012.

Projects by Asset Type
Newsletter Content

As public information officer for Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, Rick Fahr produced a monthly newsletter that included timely preparedness and safety tips, reviewed recent emergency situations/outcomes and provided reviews of gear and programs.

Projects By Expertise
Journalist

At newspapers across Arkansas, Rick Fahr has written more than 20,000 stories, covering the spectrum from city council previews to intensive coverage of federal capital murder trials.

Projects by Writing Style
Authoritative

Rick Fahr has written hundreds of commentaries in his career with Morris Communications, Paxton Media Group and WEHCO Media and has served as a syndicated columnist for the former Stephens Media Group.

Conversational

As a big fan of the Southern writer Rick Bragg, Rick Fahr pays attention to scene-setting in his work. Sights. Smells. Sounds. All of the senses combine to help form a complete picture of the subject at hand.

Humorous

Humor writing is one of the more difficult types of writing to attempt, if for no other reason than humor is in the eye of the reader. Rick Fahr has won statewide writing contests for his humorous columns, which harken to the dry wit of Patrick McManus and Lewis Grizzard.

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