Christopher Calnan is a reporter and editor based in Boston.
In 2010, the publisher of the Austin Business Journal described him in an award nomination as an “absolute workhorse,” and that “reporting consumes Christopher’s life … and ABJ readers are the beneficiaries.”
While reporting for the Florida Times-Union in 2002, he was described by a rival, competing Jacksonville news organization this way: “Calnan’s reporting does distinguish itself at the newspaper. Few T-U beat reporters have his investigative zeal; fewer still have been as relentless in reporting wrongdoing.”
Since 1993, Calnan has reported and edited for 17 news organizations in eight states: all five New England states, Virginia, Florida and Texas.
With a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in journalism, he has reported for a national wire service, weekly community newspapers, daily newspapers, a national religion magazine and a Boston-based technology journal. Calnan’s reporting beats have included religion, minority affairs, education, city government, airport and port authority issues, labor unions, venture capital and the business of technology.
His articles have appeared in The Miami Herald, Richmond Times-Dispatch, MSNBC.com and Portfolio.com. Calnan has also been an on-air contributor to Austin’s National Public Radio station, KUT.
In mid-2016, a 2,350-word story Calnan wrote about the political strings Google Inc. pulled when launching its Austin Internet service received a first-place award for news writing from the Texas Press Association. He also received the second-place TPA award for news writing during 2014.
In 2009, he was awarded the American City Eagle Award for excellence from the North Carolina-based American City Business Journals; Calnan was recipient of the Austin Business Journal’s 2009 News Hound Award; he was a member of a Boston-based Mass High Tech staff that in 2007 was awarded a certificate of merit for overall excellence by the Society of Business Editors and Writers. Calnan was also a member of a 1998 reporting team that received a first-place Virginia Press Association award for a series of stories about Y2K.