Clark Bell is the McCormick Foundation's Journalism Program director.
Clark, who joined the foundation in October 2005, oversees journalism grant-making initiatives and shapes the program's focus on critical issues facing the news media.
manages an annual grantmaking budget of nearly $6 million.
Clark is a veteran reporter, editor, publisher and communications consultant.
Prior to joining the McCormick Foundation, he was managing director for American Healthcare Solutions, where he developed communications strategies for hospitals, medical foundations and technology firms.
extensive journalistic background includes serving as publisher of Modern Physician magazine
, editor and associate publisher of Modern Healthcare magazine
, executive business editor of the Dallas Times Herald
and business columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times
Earlier, he served as a consumer affairs reporter for the Chicago Daily News and sports writer for the Des Moines Register.
Clark earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Drake University and a master's degree in urban studies from Loyola University of Chicago.
He was among the first group of journalists awarded a Sloan Fellowship to study economics at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Bell serves on the board of the Chicago Journalists Association Foundation and the advisory council of Northwestern Memorial Hospitalâ€™s Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness.
"I decided to become a professional journalist at age 15," he