Rance E. Crain

Editor-in-Chief at The Ad Age Group

Rance E. Crain

Rance E. Crain

Editor-in-Chief at The Ad Age Group

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Crain Communications, Inc.

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Chairman at Crain Communications, Inc.

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Lecturer & Director of Corporate Outreach at Northwestern University - Medill School of Journalism

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Managing Editor at The Ad Age Group

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Former General Manager, Interactive at The Ad Age Group

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Vice President, General Counsel at Crain Communications, Inc.

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Group Publisher at Crain’s Cleveland Business

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President & Chief Operating Officer at Crain Communications, Inc.

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Chief Human Resources Officer at Crain Communications, Inc.

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Treasurer/Assistant Secretary at Crain Communications, Inc.

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President, Staffing Industry Analysts at Crain Communications, Inc.

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Editor-in-Chief at The Ad Age Group

The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications is a constituent school of Northwestern University which offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. It has consistently been one of the top-ranked schools in Journalism in the United States. Medill received Knight Foundation grant to establish the Knight News Innovation Laboratory in 2011. The Knight Lab is a joint initiative of the Medill and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern, one of the first to combine journalism and computer science.


Advertising Hall of Fame celebrates men and women who have made significant contributions to advertising and society by raising the standards and level of professionalism in the industry. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Career History

Advertising Age (or AdAge) is a magazine, delivering news, analysis and data on marketing and media. The magazine was started as a broadsheet newspaper in Chicago in 1930. Today, its content appears in a print weekly distributed around the world and on many electronic platforms, including: www.adage.com, daily e-mail newsletters called Ad Age Daily, Ad Age's Mediaworks and Ad Age Digital; weekly newsletters such as Madison & Vine (about branded entertainment) and Ad Age China; podcasts called Why It Matters and various videos. www.adage.com also features a bookstore and a number of blogs, some created by the publication's editorial team, others, such as Small Agency Diary are created by members of the Ad Age community. Among its notable columnists is Simon Dumenco as the "Media Guy". AdAge's parent company also publishes Creativity, about the creative process, which has its own website, www.creativity-online.com, featuring what its editors believe to be the best video, print and interactive ads. The site www.adcritic.com was acquired by The Ad Age Group in March 2002, and www.creativity-online.com is still reached by that domain. The editorial component of AdAge is based in New York City. Its parent company, Detroit-based Crain Communications, is a privately held publishing company with more than 30 magazines, including TelevisionWeek, Creativity, Crain's New York Business, Crain's Chicago Business, Crain's Detroit Business, Crain's Cleveland Business, and Automotive News. The corporate and circulation component of TelevisionWeek, as with all of the Crain publications, is based at Crain's headquarters in Downtown Detroit.

1971 - 2017

Crain Communications, Inc. publishes newspapers and magazines in the areas of education, community development, children, literacy, and health. Its capabilities include custom content and crain reprints. The company was founded by Gustavus Dedman Crain, Jr. in February 1916 and is headquartered in Detroit, MI.

1967 - Prior

Business Insurance is the authoritative news and information source for executives concerned about risk and the impact on their business. With information for risk managers, benefits managers, insurers, brokers and other providers of insurance products and services, Business Insurance delivers in-depth analysis on new and emerging risks, case studies of successful programs, market intelligence on trends, and guidance on how to capitalize on opportunities and overcome challenges. Business Insurance covers core risk management and insurance areas such as property/casualty insurance, health insurance, captive insurance and other alternative risk transfer vehicles, and enterprise risk management.

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1990 - 2004

Lee Enterprises, Inc. engages in the provision of local news, information, and advertising services. It also offers retail, classified, digital, national advertising, and niche publications. Its digital products include video, digital couponing, behavioral targeting, banner advertisements, and social networking. The company was founded by Alfred Wilson Lee in 1890 and is headquartered in Davenport, IA.

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Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

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