Bob Zyskowski has witnessed many transitions during his nearly four decades working for Catholic newspapers as a reporter, editor and — for the last 14 years — associate publisher and general manager of The Catholic Spirit.
Now he is ready for another transition that, he said, gets him back to the kind of work he loves best. On July 1, Zyskowski began serving as client products manager in the restructured archdiocesan Office of Communications (see related story on this page).
In his new role, he will oversee publication-related services the archdiocese provides to the dioceses of Fargo, St. Cloud and Duluth.
For about 25 years, The Catholic Spirit has assisted the Diocese of Fargo to produce its official monthly publication, New Earth, by providing editing and design expertise. It also has assisted the Diocese of Duluth for the last seven years to produce its monthly publication, The Northern Cross, and the Diocese of St. Cloud for the last six years to publish The Visitor, its biweekly publication.
These arrangements, which have helped the other dioceses to meet their communications goals while providing an additional source of revenue for The Catholic Spirit, will continue.
“A portion of what I’ll be doing is continuing to serve more or less as a customer service representative with the leadership and the communications personnel of those dioceses we partner with,” Zyskowski said.
“The greater portion, however, will be doing the hands-on reporting, writing, editing and page design work that I love,” he added. “I’ve had to let much of that go the past 14 years to concentrate on the business end of the operation, and that’s the part of journalism that I’m really looking forward to getting back to.”
Zyskowski came to the Twin Cities in 1983, after working for Catholic newspapers in Peoria, Ill., Philadelphia and Chicago, to serve as managing editor of what was then the Catholic Bulletin. (It was renamed The Catholic Spirit in 1996.) He was editor for 12 years before becoming associate publisher and general manager in 1998.
Zyskowski is a past president of The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada and the 2011 recipient of the St. Francis de Sales Award, the highest honor the association presents to an individual for “outstanding contributions to Catholic journalism.”