About The Skeptical Guy
JOHN HOLLON (aka The Skeptical Guy) is an award-winning journalist and a nationally recognized expert on leadership, talent management, human resources, and smart workforce practices.
For six years, he served as Vice President for Editorial at ERE Media, where he founded the highly popular HR and talent management website TLNT.com. Before that, John was Editor-in-Chief of Workforce Management magazine, the nation’s oldest HR and talent management publication, and he has also worked as Editor at RecruitingDaily.com as well (and you can read about that here).
During his 30-year career, he has also held editing positions at the late, great Los Angeles Herald Examiner and California’s Orange County Register. In addition, John was the top editor for Gannett at two statewide newspapers — the Great Falls Tribune in Montana and The Honolulu Advertiser in Hawaii.
During his time at the Orange County Register, John served as the News Editor on the team that won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for photographic coverage of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. During his time in Montana, he was honored by the Gannett Co. as one of the company’s Top 10 editors when the Great Falls Tribune was recognized as the Most Improved Newspaper in the company.
John has deep experience in magazine and online publishing, having been a Group Editor and Editorial Director at Fancy Publications in Irvine, California, Vice President for Editorial (and a founding employee) at Pets.com in San Francisco during the dotcom boom, and Editor of the San Diego Business Journal. During his time at Fancy Publications, he also served for a year as Managing Director/Publisher of the Thoroughbred Times, a thoroughbred horse racing weekly based in Lexington, Kentucky.
In addition to his work as an editor and media executive, John has also worked for 11 years as an adjunct professor in the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton where he teaches opinion writing, magazine management, and media ethics.
Currently, John is back working at ERE Media as Editor-at-Large and working in a variety of roles for all three of the company’s websites — ERE.net (recruiting), SourceCon.com (candidate sourcing), and TLNT.com (HR and talent management).
On top of everything else, John also writes regularly for the popular Fistful of Talent blog, and, he has served for a number of years on the advisory board of the Workforce Institute at Kronos.
A California (and Orange County) native, John has an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, and a Bachelors in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach, where he was Editor of the campus newspaper, The Daily 49er.