John Hiner was born in Dearborn, Michigan, and grew up in various communities around the state. He attended high school in White Pigeon, Michigan, where he had the good fortune of having English and journalism instructors who pushed him to develop his talent as a writer and a young newspaperman. John chose Adrian College because the small campus and class sizes, plus access to professors, appealed to him.
While at Adrian, John quickly became involved with The College World, first as a writer, then editor for two years. He also played varsity tennis, worked as a DJ at the campus radio station, and participated in forensics and student leadership activities. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English, John was hired as a reporter at The Daily Telegram in Adrian. In 1986, he moved to The Jackson Citizen Patriot as a reporter, then entered newsroom management a few years later. John moved to The Bay City Times in 1994 as metro editor, and in 2006 became editor of the paper.
The Internet swept in massive changes in the news industry, and in 2009 John's company put the Bay City, Saginaw and Flint papers together in one company, and cut print frequency to three days a week. John was named executive editor, and working with a talented team of digital pioneers, quickly began building a blueprint for growing audience, engagement and establishing the value and relevance of new media in digital formats. In 2012, John's company (Advance Local), merged all eight newspapers in Michigan with the MLive.com web site to form a new, digital-first company. John was named vice president of content of the new company, MLive Media Group.
John is married to Kathy, an artist, and has two children. He lives in Saline, and works in Ann Arbor, although he travels regularly to MLive's 10 news markets in Michigan.
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