About Dick Weiss

Dick WeissDICK WEISS is an award-winning writer and editor with more than three decades of experience at American newspapers. n 2003, Richard started WeissWrite LLC, a writing, editing and coaching service for anyone with a story to tell.

In 2008, Richard was one of founders of the St. Louis Beacon, an online non-profit news source, which later merged with the NPR affiliate, St. Louis Public Radio.

Richard also worked for the PBS affiliate, Nine Network, as a researcher for a public affairs program called Stay Tuned. More recently he served as a story catalyst for Forward Through Ferguson, an organization addressing issues around racial equity in the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown three years ago.

In 2014, the Missouri History Museum published a biography that Richard co-authored with Charles E. Claggett about Max Starkloff, the disability rights pioneer. Max Starkloff and the Fight for Disability Rights won a 2015 bronze IPPY Award from the Independent Publisher association in the national biography category. Among other books Richard has written, is a history of the Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club, an organization that over the span of more than a half-century has provided a springboard to learning and success for disadvantaged children.

­­­­­­­­Richard serves as a consultant to Washington University’s Office of Technology Management, an organization that facilitates the licensing of the university’s research, and Washington University’s Office of Medical Public Affairs.

Richard is currently at work with a team of reporters on a series of stories chronicling the lives of urban families as they struggled to get a quality education and their purchase on the American Dream. The tales are unique in that they trace the journey of individual families across generations dating back to the 19th century.