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Meet the Team: Danny Debelius



Danny at his desk (photo by Becky Lettenberger)

The average height of the NPR StateImpact team sprung up a few notches with the arrival of our very tall designer, Danny Debelius. Danny comes to us from the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a Senior Web Designer. Danny was part of an investigative team that has been racking up awards for its latest series called “Do No Harm” on hospital care.

Since he hasn’t gotten to meet you all in person, I conducted a short web interview with him so you can learn a little more about him.

They called me the abominable snowman in high school. Not really, but people are frequently fascinated by my Irish pallor. “You should get some color” was a recurring theme that I learned to take in stride, although John Boehner’s ascension has me reconsidering spray-tanning.

People are usually surprised that I have a deep affection for legendary L.A. Band Toto. Seriously. Or maybe people aren’t surprised and now I wonder what that says about me?

The best part of my job is getting to simultaneously satisfy the computer nerd, creative type and journalist in me.

The most important rule in design is “build from the content out.” Or “design, don’t decorate.” Or “make the logo bigger.”

If I weren’t a journalist and designer, I’d be playing my guitars and probably eating a lot of Ramen as a consequence. And driving a beat-up VW van.

What I’ve learned in my journalism career is to run screaming from newspapers and their slow-motion suicide. Just kidding. Sort of. I have learned that the platform isn’t the point – helping people understand the world around them with top-notch storytelling is, and I consider it a great privilege to be a part of that process.

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