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William G. Schmitt
307 E. LaSalle Ave. 340-L
South Bend, Indiana 46617

billgerards@gmail.com | 574.276.0340  | bschmitt@alumni.princeton.edu | OnWord.net 

Multimedia Marketing Consultant | Community-Building Writer

Manager of Creative Content and Outreach to Connect People, Solve Problems


OnWord Collaborative Communications                                             2017-present

Independent Journalist/Author/Thought-Leader

Self-published book, When Headlines Hurt, launched thought-leader role in journalism.

Guest interviewed on numerous radio programs and podcasts in 2018-2019.

Public speaker as book author/blogger on news media & faith-based values.

Regular blog contributor, McGrath Institute for Church Life, U. of Notre Dame.

Regular blogger at OnWord.net, personal site for thought-leadership, commentary.

Regular news & feature writing, Today’s Catholic, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

Book projects in development: South Bend Bandstand. Boomers Lost and Found: Two Stories. Questioning Catholics: Faithful Q&A Games.

Consultant: Writing, Editing, Strategic Marketing Communications

Purdue University: Numerous writing assignments with College of Engineering.

University of Notre Dame: Planned, researched, wrote 2018 Annual Report,

plus frequent news releases and blog posts for McGrath Institute for Church Life.

Media Consultant, Society of Catholic Scientists, University of Notre Dame.

           Editing & strategic collaborations to promote two authors with major publishers.

          Marketing writer and advisor; member, board of directors, The Music Village.

Radio and Podcast Co-Host/Co-Producer

On-air co-host for programs and segments, Redeemer Radio, 95.7 FM, South Bend.

Podcast co-host & co-producer, “That’s So Second Millennium,” tssm.podbean.com.

Podcast co-host and co-producer, “EncounterPoints,” encounterpoints.com.

Music Educator and Performer

Faculty, The Music Village, non-profit school and community arts center, accordionist.

Faculty, Forever Learning Institute, non-profit, “Introduction to the Accordion.”

University of Notre Dame                                                                                       2003-2017

 Communications Manager; Manager, Client Services; Office of Public Affairs           

Website content manager and creator, Institute for Educational Initiatives (ACE).

Writing and editing stories about K-12. Planned/wrote/oversaw annual reports.       

 Office of Public Affairs and Communications; strategic teamwork in “Agency ND.”

 Print/digital products for diverse units and stakeholders. Pitching stories to media.

 Author of two books published (2008, 2013) by University of Notre Dame Press.

 Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Annual report, PR, scholar collaborations.

 Articles and blogs for Notre Dame Magazine. Writing on business, science, people.



Magazine Senior Editor                                                                                      1998-2003

            Chemical Week:  writing, editing, personnel supervision; environment/ethics coverage.

Managing Editor, Washington Bureau Chief, Reporter                1986-1989; 1993-1998  

           American Metal Market newspaper on global industry; Cahners Business Information.

Associate Editor                                                                                                  1989-1992

            The Kiplinger Washington Letter: reporting, editing, analyzing policy in federal agencies.

Senior Editor, Economics Editor                                                                      1981-1985

            Metals Week: newsletter, analysis of international business, regulation; McGraw-Hill.           

Copy Editor, Reporter                                                                                   1978-79; 1981

            The Indianapolis News and The Yonkers Herald Statesman: general-interest stories.

Adjunct Professor of Journalism                                                                       1999-2008

          Multimedia Journalism, U. of Notre Dame; Long Island U.; Fordham University.



 MPA, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton U.

            Received Master in Public Affairs degree ’81; interned at Thee New York Times.

BA, Fordham University

            Received degree ’78; Communications major; summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Additional Education:

  • Certificate in Theological Studies. Georgetown University, 1994.
  • Certificate, Education for Ministry, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, 2006.

Current Participation in Communities & Organizations

American Marketing Association. Member of the Michiana chapter.

Knights of Columbus. Lecturer. Chair, parish roundtable. Secular Franciscan Order.

The Music Village (TMV). Community musical arts center—performing solo & group—elected board member, TMV; also TMV and Forever Learning Institute faculty: accordion.


Who’s Who in America. Selected to be among the biographies: 2010-2016.

National Outstanding Pro Chapter Member. Society of Professional Journalists/SPJ ’95.

Catholic Writers Guild. “Seal of Approval” awarded in 2019 to book, When Headlines Hurt.

A Resource for You: Skills and Accomplishments, Old-School, New-School

  • Seasoned communications/marketing specialist for top-ranked university.
  • Online/print Content Manager, writer; Annual Reports, start to finish; multimedia.
  • Specialized knowledge in business, science, government policy, higher-ed, K-12.
  • Collaborative strategist for outreach to build community in-person and via media.
  • Strong familiarity with Catholic identity, Christian principles, spiritual growth.
  • Author, podcaster, radio interviewer/guest; thought-leader, brand journalist.