J. Ford Huffman volunteers at Student Veterans of America events, and at Veterans Campaign events at the SVA-powered National Veterans Center at GWU. Mr. Huffman is also a mentor for Words After War, the veterans writing workshop. He is a magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia University’s College of Media, a Defense Information School (DINFOS) academic partner, and he was managing editor of the Daily Athenaeum at WVU.
Mr. Huffman has participated in military-media panels at the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Expeditionary Warfare School and at the USMC War College. He has led discussions in more than 70 newsrooms including the Army, Navy, and Air Force Times, which he helped redesign and restructure in 1999. He has reviewed nearly 200 books written during the Iraq and Afghanistan era for Military Times publications. Marine Corps University Press published The End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The Impact in Personal Essays and Reports, the anthology co-edited with Tammy Schultz of the USMC War College, in 2012, and in 2013, American Library Association called the book “notable.”
In early 1981, Mr. Huffman's group helped develop the first prototypes of USA TODAY, including the first color weather map. At the paper's start in 1982, he was a content editor in Life. In 1984, he was on the full-time task force exploring Gannett's digital future. Until December 2007, Mr. Huffman was a deputy managing editor at USA TODAY, where his responsibilities included recommending the design and art direction of Page One. Last year, he coached Gulf News staffers in Dubai, UAE, for the third time, and in 2009 and 2010, he coached Hindustan Times staffers in India. He has advised at San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post, and is an advisor to Visual.ly, the data-visualization agency in San Francisco.
Mr. Huffman's news-meeting sketch became the front-page design of the top-selling Sept. 12, 2001, issue (3.6 million copies) that Society for News Design (SND) magazine called "an unprecedented national statement." He has led discussions at workshops from Nova Scotia to Costa Rica for the SND, Warsaw and Budapest for the Freedom Forum and Prague for the University of Miami. He has taught at the American Press, Maynard and Poynter institutes and at universities from Florida to South Dakota.
Mr. Huffman is a former two-term head of the 350-member D.C. Front Runners and has finished 40 marathon races, including 11 USMC marathons. USMC selected his design as the brand image for the 2004 marathon. He has designed sets for new plays at Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theater and apprenticed at Shaw (Theater) Festival in Ontario, Totonto, Canada. Mr. Huffman's fine art is often exhibited in D.C. galleries, and images of the art are at www.pbase.com/jfordhufffman/stages.