John Beaudoin began his writing career in 1987 at the American Journal, a weekly newspaper covering the western suburbs of Portland, Maine. He subsequently covered local, regional and Maine politics for two dailies, the Journal Tribune and the Portland Press Herald, over the next decade, and launched a successful freelance journalism career, In 2000, he was asked to join the editorial staff at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where he was recognized as the state’s top columnist for two consecutive years and won the 2003 Allen B. Rogers for best editorial from the New England Newspaper Association. In 2002 he was named editorial page editor at the Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Morning Sentinel.
A year later, Beaudoin co-founded MedTech Publishing Co. with longtime friend and colleague Neil Rouda, launching Healthcare IT News, a monthly business newspaper that covers the healthcare information technology industry. Beaudoin and Rouda followed that with the introduction of Healthcare Finance News in 2006, and a number of digital publications including mHealth News and Healthcare Payer News. As editor, Beaudoin won the 2006 Jesse Neal Award for best business newspaper and several honors from both the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors. Between 2004 and 2008, he was responsible for the company’s transition to an integrated digital media business, overseeing the design, development and daily implementation of a half-dozen web sites and e-newsletters.
Beaudoin became President and CEO of the new MedTech Media in 2009, emphasizing editorial integrity and journalistic independence as the foundation of the implicit contract between audience and publisher. During his tenure, the company continued to win recognition for its editorial content in both print and digital, added a series of regional events and developed a significant database business. After three consecutive years of dramatic growth, Beaudoin began to guide the company to a new ownership structure and identity as HIMSS Media. By the time he departed in 2013, the company had more than quadrupled revenues through organic growth and strategic acquisition, tripled the work force, and maintained a workforce with offices in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., with headquarters in Portland, Maine.
Today, Beaudoin has returned to full-time reading, writing and thinking at his office in Brunswick, Maine. He has published fiction, essays, features, articles, reviews and profiles in more than two dozen newspapers, magazines and journals over the span of his career. You can reach him with inquiries on his contact page.