senior consultant and head of predesign, Garcia Interactive, Tampa, Florida
Project: Creating a distribution platform for serious on-demand audio news.
Duncan was born in London and raised in Leeds. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and his master’s degree from the London Business School. In 1988, he started his career in journalism by publishing When Saturday Comes, a soccer magazine. The magazine was at the forefront of the revival of soccer in British culture and went from being an eight-page, photocopied fanzine to be Britain’s leading monthly soccer magazine. He joined the Guardian as a sports writer, in 1992. In 1997, he moved to Cuba to write a book about Cuban boxing and his experiences trying to set up a world heavyweight title fight. He returned to London in 1998 and joined the Observer as sports deputy editor and then production editor. In 1999, he was appointed managing editor and general manager and turned the newspaper from a declining loss-making title to a growing newspaper, which broke even. In 2006, he moved to Tampa, Florida to work as a global media consultant for Garcia Media, consulting on redesign and business design for newspapers and publishers around the world. His launch of new supplements and redesign has won the British Newspaper Awards Supplement of the Year on three occasions, recognizing innovations he created.
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