Will Swaim

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Will Swaim
California Policy Center
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Will Swaim is president of the California Policy Center, a nonprofit educational organization working to help all Californians prosper. Swaim began his journalism career as a business reporter in 1990, as managing editor and ultimately editor and publisher of the international business magazine, World Trade. In 1995, Village Voice Media named him OC Weekly’s founding editor; that newspaper became the fastest startup to profitability in the alternative weekly industry. In 2000, he was promoted to associate publisher, and to publisher in 2002. Swaim left OC Weekly in January 2007, and shortly after launched The District, an alternative newsweekly in Long Beach, California. He served from 2012-2015 as editor of Watchdog.org, a national network of state-based investigative reporters, and vice president of journalism at Watchdog’s nonprofit parent, the Washington, D.C.-based Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. Swaim graduated summa cum laude in journalism and with honors in theology from the University of Southern California. He earned an MA in history from UC Irvine where he was a California Regents Fellow. A seventh-generation Californian, Swaim has written extensively about California business, media, politics and religion; is the winner of several print journalism awards and a Southern California Broadcasters Golden Mike award for public affairs commentary. He appears regularly on television and radio.

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