About Ken Stone aka TrackCEO
Ken was born in Detroit in June 1954 but grew up in Orange County, California, and Omaha, Nebraska, where in 1972 he was the top high school hurdler in the city. He was a walk-on hurdler at the University of Kansas for two years. At KU he interviewed mile great Jim Ryun several times and covered his retirement press conference for Track & Field News.
Ken has competed in masters track since 1995, attending 15 outdoor nationals and three WMA world meets (1999, 2009 and 2011). His marks are top-secret.
After 17 years as a copy editor with The San Diego Union-Tribune, Ken joined the paperâ€™s website, SignOnSanDiego, in July 2003. Along with most of the SignOn staff, he was laid off in June 2010, but was hired a month later as a local editor for Patch.com. In March 2012, he was promoted to associate regional editor of San Diego County, overseeing seven Patch sites. Then he was laid off in August 2013.Ken is contributing editor of Times of San Diego, a daily news site for San Diego region. In July 2014, he began full-time work as multimedia communications manager at Francis Parker School, an elite independent prep school in San Diego. In January 2015, he was laid off. Oh well. (He rebounded via freelance gigs with Voice of San Diego and San Diego CityBeat, plus Times of San Diego and MyNewsLA.com.)
A longtime member of Track and Field Writers of America, Ken posted the original Wikipedia article on masters athletics. In June 2009, he won TAFWAâ€™s first annual Adam Jacobs Memorial Award for excellence in blogging.
In late 2009, he won blogger Pete Magillâ€™s All The Presidentâ€™s Men Award for Masters Track Investigative Journalism. In summer 2010, two of his photos from the Lahti world masters meet won honorable-mention awards at the International Photography Exhibition at the San Diego County Fair. In October 2011, he won eight writing and photography ribbons at the San Diego County Press Club awards. A year later, he won four prizes, including a plaque for first place in feature writing. In July 2014, he won seven awards (including three first-place plaques) from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In October 2014, he added six more Press Club awards and in October 2015 â€” nine awards. His LinkedIn profile URL cites his PR in the 440-yard hurdles.
Ken can be reached at TrackCEO@aol.com