Calvin’s Palmer career has spanned newsrooms in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Starting out as a news reporter with the Reporter Group of Newspapers, near Manchester, he has interviewed politicians, captains of industry, celebrities from the arts and sport, as well as the ordinary folk who make the content of any newspaper. By getting out into the community and dealing with people face-to-face, he uncovered the news stories that mattered and increased the circulation figures of the Mossley & Saddleworth Reporter by 10 percent.
Since those early days, Calvin’s written work has also featured in The Birmingham Post, Mojo magazine — an interview with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, no less — and the trade journal, Adweek.
His editing work came to prominence at The Birmingham Post, where his page designs, particularly the bold use of photographs, contributed to the newspaper winning several design awards. Calvin’s attention to detail, good news sense and clever headlines eventually led him to becoming the chief sub-editor’s deputy.
Working on newspapers also developed Calvin’s photographic skills. He regularly covered sporting fixtures — football and cricket — and was occasionally called upon to do news
assignments for the Reporter Group, including a Royal visit by the late Diana, Princess of Wales. His travel features for The Birmingham Post were also accompanied by his photographs.
With the advent of Internet publishing, he embraced the challenge of this new media and became news editor of the now defunct dfw.LifeOnTheNet.com. This web site’s excellent coverage of the 9/11 story, as it broke, was in no small part down to his journalistic skill, experience and management of the reporting team.
Educated at the University of Manchester, England, Calvin went on to obtain a doctorate after his Bachelor of Arts degree in geography. He taught at two British universities, and had several research papers published in Environment and Planning, before falling under the spell of journalism, his true vocation.
After several years of living in Texas, Calvin is now based in Jacksonville, Florida, where he maintains a blog site, Calvin Palmer’s Weblog, and is establishing himself as a fine art photographer.
Calvin can be contacted at calpalUSA@gmail.com.