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Fortune 500 employee retires early, follows passion for communicating

By Jillian Humphries
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

David Williams, the executive editor of Omaha Magazine is what he likes to call a non-traditional candidate in his field of work. A graduate of Iowa State University, he worked at AT&T for 25 years in several sales positions before taking an early retirement. His passion for communicating and love of the written word led him to the world of journalism. He has since worked for several publications including City Weekly, as a theater reviewer, and managing editor of both Neighborhood News and Metro Magazine, all based out of Omaha, Neb.

Williams has been with Omaha Magazine for seven months. The magazine publishes bi-monthly. Williams hopes to broaden the readership of the magazine to reach new and younger adult readers. His favorite types of stories involve interesting people he finds in the community like a barista at a local coffee house. Connecting the Omaha community to one another is the biggest reward according to Williams. “When I drive home at night now I often celebrate,” Williams said. “It’s a totally different type of satisfaction.”

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