Dan Weissmann

Chicago, IL USA
Website: http://danweissmann.com

Professional Experience

Storytelling and sense-making, with a special love for radio news and features. My work airs on National Public Radio, Marketplace, and other national outlets. As a staff reporter for "Marketplace," I covered climate policy, industrial agriculture, energy markets, and the question of why green olives come in jars but black olives come in cans. Also: Baseball salaries, the costs of police misconduct, and megachurches. Other work-- for NPR, 99 Percent Invisible, Chicago's WBEZ, and other outlets-- explores neuroscience, urban segregation, prison design, donuts, and the management of human waste at increasingly-scary volumes. I've got a strong nerd streak-- I love using data to find and illuminate stories-- an artsy side, and wide-ranging curiosity. With a history in print, digital, and administration, I help non-profit clients with writing, editing, and strategy.


15 Years
15 Years
15 Years


Business (general)
5 Years
12 Years
12 Years


Broadcasting - News - Radio (National)
4 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
10 Years
10 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

15 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Chicago Public Radio (3-5), Center for American Progress (1-2), American Public Media (10+)

Technical Skills

Social media platforms, web authoring and HTML, spreadsheets, databases, geographic information systems, digital image editing, audio production/editing.

Computer Skills

Twitter, Word, Excel, Computer Assisted Reporting


laptop, digital camera, recording studio


2013: Chicago Headline Club, business reporting, for contributions to "At What Cost? Risk-taking in the new economy" on WBEZ 2011: Chicago Headline Club, science reporting award for "The latte dilemma" on WBEZ. 2008: Indiana Society of Professional Journalists, in two radio categories: Coverage of minority issues, and public-affairs programming. 2007: Indiana SPJ, in two categories: Coverage of minority issues, and education reporting.