Biography

Terry Dunkle

Since 1996, I’ve been an editorial consultant to magazines, newspapers, websites, corporations, and writers of articles, speeches, papers, and books.

I’m also CEO of DietPower, Inc., which produces weight-loss software for the PC and health news and features for the Web. Besides DietPower software, my inventions include “Your Famous Twin” and the Web’s first interactive vision exam. I started the company along wth a programmer friend, John Heller, in 1988.

From 1996 to 1999, I was executive producer and editor-in-chief of HealthScout, which became the Web’s largest personalized health-news service, now syndicated on more than 5000 sites. I conceived the service (now known as HealthDay), wrote its patented personalization algorithm, and recruited its prize-winning news team. HealthScout won two silver medals in the World Wide Web Health Awards.

Before building HealthScout, I was a top editor at the world’s largest magazine, Reader’s Digest, whose 100 million readers included one in four American adults. Besides directing the magazine’s core editorial staff, I created original articles for its 48 editions around the globe. Among the articles:

Before joining Reader’s Digest, I was features editor of Technology Illustrated, a mass-market magazine that explored emerging technologies.

Earlier, I was a contributing editor of Science 80, a consumer sibling of the world’s preeminent scientific journal, Science. My writing helped Science 80 win two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence.

During this same period, I taught magazine and technical writing at Pennsylvania State University, where I graduated first in my class with a B.A. in English literature. An avid amateur astronomer, I began my college career as a physics major at Cornell University.

My computer experience started during high school, when I spent a summer studying programming and engineering at Brown University. Later, I worked as a computer technician in Air Force intelligence, helping to operate spy satellites. I combined my computer and health interests to create the first version of DietPower in 1992.

I began my journalism career during my teens, as a reporter for small-town newspapers in my native Pennsylvania.

My wife, Mary, is a vice president of the National Organization for Rare Disorders. We live in Connecticut.

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