Rich Christianson, owner of Richson Media LLC, is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network, Wood & Wood Products, Custom Woodworking Business and Closets magazines.
During his more than 30-year career, Rich has toured over 250 wood product operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends both in print and online. He has also directed dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars.
In recent years, Rich has developed an expertise in urban wood utilization through his role as Communications Director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, an ad hoc organization dedicated to promoting the conversion of felled community trees into lumber and wood products.
Rich is a professionally trained and experienced journalist. He double-majored in Journalism and Economics at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. After graduating, he honed his reporting skills working for the Worth-Palos Reporter newspaper based in Chicago Ridge, IL. His experience ranged from covering city hall meetings and local crime through writing features about businesses and personalities.
He joined Vance Publishing Corp.'s Woodworking Division as Associate Editor of Wood & Wood Products in May 1985 and was promoted a year later to the newly created position of Executive Editor. In 1987, Rich was named Editor in Chief of W&WP, circulated to more than 50,000 woodworking professionals throughout the United States and Canada.
Following the successful launch of Custom Woodworking Business (CWB) in 1991, Rich was named Editorial Director. In his new role, Rich also helped launch ISWonline.com, now WoodworkingNetwork.com, and Closets magazine. He also played a pivotal role in helping manage and promote industry events including the CWB Show, Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and WMS in Canada.