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Tom O'Hara, a bio
Tom O'Hara is a senior foreign editor with The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi. He joined the paper in July 2010. Between 2008 and 2010, he was the adviser for The Ohio State Lantern, the student newspaper. He also taught two journalism courses there. Before that he was a professional in residence at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kent State University. He taught journalism ethics and news writing. Between November 2000 and September 2007, he was the managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Before that he worked for The Palm Beach Post for 14 years, the last 11 as managing editor. He earned a bachelor's degree with honors in Humanities from Rutgers University-Camden, N.J. in 1972 and a master's degree in communications from the University of Florida in 1974. He then went on to work at several Florida newspapers including the Gainesville Sun, The Orlando Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News Journal, The Miami Herald and, finally, the Palm Beach Post. O'Hara is past president and a current member of the board of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and past president of both the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and the Florida First Amendment Foundation. In 2006 he was named as one of "Rutgers-Camden Finest," a group of alumni honored for their professional accomplishments since their graduation. He has two children. Rachel is a photojournalism in Sarasota, Fla. Patrick attends Ohio State University.