Mr. Conniff graduated from Harvard with honors in History and won a summer fellowship at the Harvard Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was the first Harvard writing instructor to use word processing as a teaching tool and is considered a pioneer in the online world. He is co-founder of the Isaacson School for New Media in Aspen—selected Faculty of the Year by students—and founded the Digital Story Lab at Colorado Mountain College. He was also the first person hired full-time in new media at NBC.
In addition, he is a Mentor at NewChip Accelerator in Austin, Texas; an Advisor at Holt Accelerator in Montreal, Canada; a Strategic Leadership Advisor at the Pace University Lubin School of Business; a Board Member of the Foreign Press Correspondents Association; and the Editor-at-Large at SKI TV.
His novel, BOOK OF O’KELLS: MOTHER NATURE, reached the Amazon Top Ten list for Historical Fiction. The author of more than a dozen published short stories, he was selected as a Sokolov Scholar in Fiction at the Breadloaf Writers Conference. THE GOOD EGG—from the multimedia, multi-form BOOK OF O’KELLS—was the first and only novel ever conceived and consummated on Facebook.
Mr. Conniff cut his teeth as a copy boy and then a reporter on the San Francisco Examiner, Baltimore News American, and Boston Herald; in his career, he has started four independent news services and co-founded Interactive Sports, a consumer media company that pioneered analytics in sports and produced over 100,000 stories for company-owned brands and a joint-venture with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). The company also developed and operated the interactive information network at MCI Center in Washington, D.C., one of the first such systems of its kind in the world.
He is the former host of Con Games in Aspen, the #1-rated radio talk show in that market. He was also the editor-in-chief of the blog Aspen Post and editor-at-large at Aspen Peak magazine. In addition, he has written several original TV pilots and screenplays—and the how-to book WRITE GOOD!
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