By Scott Faingold, associate editor
As the new associate editor for the Springfield Business Journal, I am excited for the opportunity to continue providing the unique focus on local business and outreach to the business community which loyal SBJ readers have come to expect.
I was born in Skokie, Ill., and first came to Springfield at age five when my father, Dr. Carl L. Faingold, was hired as part of the initial faculty of Southern Illinois University Medical School, where he continues to teach and conduct research while acting as chair of the pharmacology department. I graduated from Southeast High School in 1984 and earned my undergraduate degree in communication from Sangamon State University (now UIS) in 1988.
My journalistic career began while still a student at SSU when Illinois Times published an unsolicited music review I had submitted on a whim. I thereafter became a regular contributor to that paper until 1991 when I relocated to Chicago. In the intervening years I continued to write, publishing a novel (Kennel Cough, Post-Traumatic Press, 2000) and working as a section editor at the Houston Press and later director of publicity at the Lakeshore Theater.
Upon returning to Springfield in order to pursue a master’s degree at UIS in 2010, I re-established my relationship with Illinois Times, contributing feature stories and initiating the blog “Faingold at Large” in which I have covered subjects ranging from elementary school storytelling programs to hip-hop music. I was honored to be asked to join the Business Journal as associate editor shortly after the first of the year.
In addition to my duties here as associate editor, I will continue to work as a staff writer for Illinois Times and have begun teaching in the communication department at UIS. In my spare time, such as it is, I read contemporary fiction, provide vocals and lyrics for the rock and roll band Epsom and devour the streaming Criterion Collection of foreign, independent and classic films via HuluPlus.
My personal goal in my role at the Business Journal is a simple one. I intend to use my experience as a writer and editor, in conjunction with my long personal history in Springfield, to expand on the solid foundation provided by my predecessors.