Missouri School of Journalism: Profiles in Success
Jack Briggs, BJ '61, of Cameron, Mo., is the third of four generations of proud Missouri Journalism alumni - and then some.
His grandfather, Frank P. Briggs, BJ '15, a student of Missouri School of Journalism founder Walter Williams, was the man who started it all. Frank was the renowned owner and publisher of the Macon (Mo.) Chronicle-Herald who served in Harry Truman's vacated U.S. Senate seat and eventually held a position in John F. Kennedy's administration. Frank's commitment to journalism influenced his grandson Jack and other members of their family to follow in his footsteps. Read on to learn more about Jack's career in journalism and the journalistic lineage of the Briggs family.
What did you do in your career?
I was a small-town daily newspaper editor for 20 years at the Macon (Mo.) Chronicle-Herald. When I kept writing editorials about how we needed an economic developer to lead Macon's efforts, they offered me the job, and I took it. After spending six years in economic development in Macon County, I took the 28-county economic development job for N.W. Electric Power in Cameron, Mo. I retired from there in 2004.