Title: Retired Editor, Columnist, Author
Location: Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States
Don O. Noel, Jr., retired editor, columnist and author, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in journalism.
Mr. Noel’s passion for writing is something that he discovered at the age of eight, when he endeavored to start a newspaper for his third-grade classmates. Suspecting that this drive came from the influence of his paternal grandfather, who was an editor of the Butte Minor, he continued in his writing pursuits into his adolescence by covering his Boy Scout troop for the West Orange Chronicle in seventh grade. By high school graduation, he covered everything in town for the publication, including sports. Determined to make writing into his career, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from Cornell University in 1954 and completed a four-year commitment to the American Friends Service Committee in Tokyo, Japan as an alternative to military duty. Thereafter, Mr. Noel achieved his first reporter role for the Harford Times in Connecticut. This role was the first of many with the publication. Over the next two decades, Mr. Noel achieved positions including assistant managing editor in 1968, editorial page editor in 1969, and editor-in-chief in 1974. Considered an expert in his field, he was afforded the opportunity to take on a role as a political columnist for the op-ed page of the Hartford Courant. Throughout his journalistic career, he was also involved with broadcast work as a senior correspondent for WFSB-TV from 1975 to 1984.
Mr. Noel retired from journalism in 1997, but has continued to write ever since. He has published more than 50 short stories in literary magazines and anthologies, as well as authored “Near A Far Sea: A Jamaican Odyssey” in 2006. To further support his creative ambitions, Mr. Noel returned to his studies and achieved a Master of Fine Arts from Fairfield University in 2013. In recognition of his professional excellence in his career, he has been the recipient of several awards in his industry, including the Sevellon Brown Memorial Award from the New England Associated Press, a National Journalism Award from the American Medical Association, a National Journalism Award from the American Society of Planning Officials, an Albert Nelson Marquis Achievement Award, and a Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been distinguished as a fellow of the Alicia Patterson Foundation and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Deadline Reporting.
What separates Mr. Noel from others in his field has been his good luck and fortune. He credits his success to being at the right place at the right time. He hopes that the future brings continued enjoyment of his favorite pastimes, which includes reading, writing, attending concerts and operas, and bird watching.
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