Gene Foreman joined the Penn State faculty in 1998 after retiring from The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he managed newsroom operations for more than 25 years under various titles¡Xmanaging editor, executive editor and deputy editor. He also was a vice president of the company.
At Penn State, he taught courses in news editing, news media ethics and newspaper management. He was the Larry and Ellen Foster Professor from 1999 until his retirement from full-time teaching in December 2006. In 2003, Foreman received two awards for excellence in teaching in the College of Communications¡Xthe Deans' Award and the Alumni Society Award.
As a visiting professor, he continues to direct the Foster Conference of Distingusihed Writers, in which acclaimed journalists are brought to campus to discuss their experiences and techniques. He also is a guest lecturer in courses at Penn State and conducts seminars to help professionals improve their skills.
Foreman spent 41 years in newspaper journalism¡Xnot counting eight summer jobs in high school and college, or his carrier route before that. He was the managing editor of three different newspapers: the Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial, theArkansas Democrat in Little Rock and The Inquirer. Also during his career he worked as a reporter and assigning editor at the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock, as a copy editor at The New York Times and as the senior editor in charge of news and copy desks at Newsday on Long Island.
He was president of the Associated Press Managing Editors in 1990 and was a board member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors from 1995 to 1998. He has been a presenter at the American Press Institute and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and was a Pulitzer Prize juror three times. In 1998 he received a career achievement award from the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Foreman is a journalism graduate of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, which honored him in 1990 as a Distinguished Alumnus. At Arkansas State he earned an Army Reserve commission through ROTC, and after active duty in the field artillery he spent 11 years in the Reserve, ending his military service as a major.