Richard Doak held many positions throughout a distinguished career at The Des Moines Register, including editor of the editorial pages, business editor, and news beats that included the Iowa Legislature, education, and city government.
A native of Newton, Iowa, he received both a B.S. in technical journalism and an M.A. in economic history from Iowa State University. His reporting won national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Education Writers Association, the American Political Science Association, and Women in Communication, Inc. In 1995, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.