John Bodette started his 37-year journalism career in 1974 as wire editor at the St. Cloud Times. He also served as city editor and news editor. He was named managing editor at the Times in 1986 and executive editor Dec. 23, 2005. In 1981, he was one of the original journalists on the prototype project that helped create USA Today.
Bodette is a past president of the Minnesota Associated Press Managing Editors Association. He was the winner of the 2008 Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership. Bodette is a graduate of St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn. To relax, he runs triathlons, duathlons, half marathons and marathons -- none of them very fast.