Hartley, Robert

Robert Hartley's journalism career began in the late 1950s in Idaho, where he served as a reporter for the Twin Falls Times-News. Over the next twenty-seven years he worked in a variety of newspaper positions. He served as editor of the central Illinois Lindsay-Schaub chain of newspapers during the 1970s and eventually became publisher of the Bellevue, WA Journal-American in 1981. Throughout his career, he has been an enthusiastic observer of Illinois politics and history and has published several works on the subject, including books on Senator Paul Simon and Governor Jim Thompson.