Lester Jacobson
2202 Lincolnwood Drive
Evanston, Illinois 60201

Office: 847-866-6373
Cell: 847-521-0140

lesterjake@comcast.net
www.lesterjacobson.com

Overview

Dual careers as journalist and business communications manager, including winning Chicago Newspaper Guild and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association writing awards as well as editing columnists Mike Royko, Roger Simon and Irv Kupcinet at the Chicago Sun-Times. On the corporate side I produced annual reports, annual shareholder meetings, monthly officer meetings and led many other major projects.

Professional Experience

EVANSTON ROUNDTABLE           2008-present

Staff writer, editor, columnist

Winner of 2013 Northern Illinois Newspaper Association second place award

for best sports writing, 2015 third place award for best profiles and 2019 third-place

award for best columnist at a non-daily newspaper.

JACOBSON COMMUNICATIONS           2010-2018

Consultant, writer and editor providing strategic and tactical communications work for Fortune 500

companies and global not-for-profit organizations. I’ve also edited memoirs, business books and

college-level science courses.

ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY, Northbrook, IL           1997-2010

Nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurance provider

Senior Manager, Corporate Relations

Worked closely with the CEO and senior staff to produce the monthly officer meetings, led the team that provided communications support for Allstate Financial, produced half a dozen award-winning annual and environmental reports. Also supported a variety of other initiatives and programs, including managing annual shareholders meetings; supervising employee newspapers; writing executive speeches; memos and officer communications; and working with Investor Relations.

CAREMARK INTERNATIONAL, Northbrook, IL              1992-1997

One of the nation’s leading home-care, physician management and mail-order pharmacy businesses

Director, Corporate Communications

Responsible for spin-off communications program, crisis communications, media, annual reports, news releases

BAXTER INTERNATIONAL, Deerfield, IL           1986-1992

Develops life-saving medical devices and pharmaceutical and biotechnology products

Director, Corporate Communications

Handled media, news releases, crisis communications, annual reports.

AMERICAN HOSPITAL SUPPLY CORP., Evanston, IL           1984-1986

Leading manufacturer and supplier of medical products

Manager, Executive Communications

Speechwriter for the CEO and other senior managers.

BORG-WARNER CORP., Chicago           1982-1984

Develops, manufacture and distributes automotive products

Manager, Management Communications

Produced senior management magazine and all-employee newsletter.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES           1979-1982

Copy Editor

Worked on general news, photo and wire desks and edited and designed business section.

Edited columns by franchise writers such as Mike Royko, Irv Kupcinet and Roger Simon.

LERNER NEWSPAPERS           1973-1979

Reporter, News Editor, Managing Editor

Wrote news and feature stories (including best feature story of 1973), assigned, edited and designed copy

Education

Loyola University of Chicago, Master of Business Administration 1982

University of Illinois, Bachelor of Arts in history 1969

Awards

Northern Illinois Newspaper Association (NINA) award, 3rd place, columns 2019

Northern Illinois Newspaper Association (NINA) award, 3rd place, profiles 2015

Northern Illinois Newspaper Association (NINA) award, 2nd place, sportswriting 2013

MerComm ARC award for best financial service industry annual report 1998

MerComm award for best employee newspaper 1994

Chicago Newspaper Guild award for best feature story of the year 1973

Other Journalism and Writing Experience

Writer and editor, Evanston RoundTable 2002-present

Volunteer broadcaster, CRIS Radio 1982-1987

Freelance pieces in Chicago Faces, The Strad magazines

and other publications 1980-present

Additional Activities

Mentor in Big Brother Program, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and McGaw YMCA 2007-2016

Violist and board member, Evanston Symphony Orchestra 1995-2012

President and violist, Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra 1993-1997

Peace Corps Volunteer (rural development), Liberia, West Africa 1969-1970