Richard J. Osborne

Richard  “Rich” Osborne, former publisher and editor of Ohio Magazine, has an extensive background in newspapers, magazines, radio and publishing.  He is an author and editor of several corporate histories and other Ohio books. He was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame and was selected for inclusion in “Who to Watch in Education” by Crain’s Cleveland Business in 2014.

Rich has been honored with dozens of regional, state and national journalism awards, including the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism. He was named Small Business Advocate of the Year in the Ohio media by the U.S. Small Business and twice served as president of The Press Club of Cleveland.

As editorial advisor to Great Lakes Publishing, he served as acting editor of Cleveland Magazine and was the founding editor of Inside Business, LongWeekends and Community Leader magazines. He served as editor of Neconomist, a bi-monthly magazine which explored the economic strengths of Northeast Ohio.

Rich has directed projects for several custom-publishing clients of Great Lakes Publishing. In this capacity, he served as editor/project manager for the Official State Travel Planner under contract with the State of Ohio.

Rich has also been involved with managing publishing projects for regional and national clients in academia, business and the media. The firm’s publishing clients have included The Plain Dealer, BusinessWeek, Industry Week, Scientific American, Penton Custom Media, The Columbus Dispatch, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gray & Co. Publishers, Transportation & Distribution and Inbound Logistics. Non-publishing clients have included Ernst & Young, the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, Bell & Howell, Case Western Reserve University, Whelan Communications and the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey.

At Industry Week, Rich created and led such highly successful special projects as the Industry Week 1000, a ranking of the world’s largest publicly held manufacturing companies, and the World’s 100 Best-Managed Companies, a global honor roll of managerial excellence.

He is the author of Cleveland-Cliffs (1997), a history of the international iron-ore company, and A Community of Faith (1998), a commemorative publication for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. He was editor of Reflections of the Road (1997), a book about the Ohio Turnpike; Lubrizol: The Formative Years (2000), a history of the Lubrizol Corp.; Cleveland Classics (2004), spotlighting the personalities who define Cleveland; and Housing With Dignity (2000, 2013), a history of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Rich is also a former school administrator, having served as President of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, Cleveland.  He is a native Clevelander and graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He and his wife, Della, live in Avon, Ohio. They have four children and ten grandchildren.


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