Bruce Shutan is a versatile journalist who has written for more than 100 publications or corporate entities over nearly four decades. He also ghostwrites independently published business books and memoirs. Click here for a brief video introduction and here for an hourlong presentation.
His extensive reporting on the American workplace dates back to 1985, with a showbiz sideline developed in 2000 when he began contributing to Variety – a must-read for entertainment industry insiders for more than a century.
In 2012, he ghostwrote “How I Discovered Tikkun Olam Through Philanthropy,” the memoirs of Canadian chartered accountant and Jewish philanthropist Leonard Cordes. Nearly a decade later, he ghostwrote his first business book, "Growing Ivy: How to Crack the Code on Elite College Admissions," for John Morganelli Jr. one of the only independent admissions consultants in the United States who has been an undergraduate Ivy League admissions director. It was a natural career move for Shutan, who became fascinated with life stories as a child while watching the original “Biography” TV series in the 1960s narrated by Mike Wallace. This discovery fueled his passion for journalism as well as the written word. When Shutan told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace at a 2015 conference in Washington, D.C., that his father inspired him to become a journalist, his immediate response with a wry smile was "me, too."
Shutan has been quoted about employee benefit trends in The Wall Street Journal’s interactive edition and syndicated radio program on work-life issues, Reuters and other media outlets. For 10 years, he was managing editor of Employee Benefit News before serving as conference program chairman of the national magazine’s Benefits Management Forum & Expo. Shutan also led several roundtable and panel discussions at the 2007 invitation-only Employee Benefits Forum, produced by Connex International. He has written for several leading human resource trade publications, including Employee Benefit Plan Review, Human Resource Executive, Incentive, Plan Sponsor, Risk & Insurance, The Self-Insurer and Workspan, and also served as editorial director for Next Impact . Shutan was the original writer and editor of Voluntary.com InBrief, a weekly e-newsletter about employee-pay-all benefit trends that prompted one industry insider to light-heartedly describe him as “the Bob Woodward of voluntary benefits.” In addition, he has written numerous advertorials and white papers, as well as ghostwritten numerous articles on HR and benefit trends.
He also has written for several entertainment trade publications, including Daily Variety, Weekly Variety, emmy, the 55th Annual Emmy Awards program, Below the Line News (for which he covered the 56th and 57th Annual Emmy Awards presentation at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and 76th and 77th Annual Academy Awards presentation at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood), Film Score Monthly, Computer Graphics World, the CG Society, VFXWorld.com, DRUM! and OnlineRock.com. He has quoted top Hollywood talent, including actors Robert De Niro, Ray Romano and Eric Stoltz, actor-comedian Bill Bellamy, director John Woo, cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel and composer Alan Bergman. He also has interviewed celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, famed discrimination attorney Gloria Allred, personal-finance commentator Jane Bryant Quinnand former Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams.
He has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Los Angeles Press Club, as well as a contributor to Quill, and was a featured contractor on Thumbtack. His career in journalism began in 1983 when he served as managing editor of The Black River Tribune, a Vermont weekly, followed by a stint as Sunday editor and deputy business editor of The Gaston Gazette, a North Carolina daily. He also wrote for The New Haven Advocate, New Haven Preview, The Connecticut Jewish Ledger and The Hamden Chronicle.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University’s School of Public Communication and interned at The Boston Phoenix, the nation’s second-largest alternative newsweekly, while attending college.