Philip Meyer began his newspaper career in 1944 as a substitute carrier for the Clay Center (Kansas) Dispatch. After graduation from Kansas State University, where he was editor of the daily Collegian, he served in the Navy, did reporting and editing for the Topeka Daily Capital, then studied and taught political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for an M.A. degree. Those experiences led to a 23-year career with Knight Ridder newspapers as a Miami Herald reporter, Washington correspondent, and director of news and circulation research on the corporate staff. He returned to Chapel Hill as a Kenan professor in 1981 and retired as holder of its Knight Chair in Journalism in 2008. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1966-1967. In 2000, the American Association for Public Opinion Research gave him its highest honor, the AAPOR award for distinguished achievement. He is author of „The Vanishing Newspaper“ (2004, 2009) and a self-published memoir, „Paper Route: Finding My Way to Precision Journalism“ (2012).
Phil blogs about the latter at http://philipmeyer.authorsxpress.com