Journalist focused on design, technology, and the environment.
Jeff Link is an award-winning journalist and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He tells humanly drawn stories about the ways in which design and technology affect people, places and the environment. His work has appeared in Fast Company, Architect, Built In, Green Building & Design, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and Keep Growing, among other publications. His story "Lethal Glass Landscapes" earned a 2021 Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Single Article, and his 2013 story "Grown in Detroit" was selected as a finalist for a Folio Eddie Award in the Single Article category.
Jeff’s expertise as a storyteller draws on former experiences writing and editing in several professional settings. Most recently, as a staff reporter for the tech website Built In, he covered user experience and design. His stories included interviews with current or former design leaders at Facebook, Amazon, Tinder, Square, Slack, Waymo, Spotify, Adobe, InVision, Uber, GitHub, DropBox and Dribbble. Many of these stories were widely shared on social media channels, and reached upwards of 30,000 unique page views per month.
Prior to that, as a development officer for the Chicago Botanic Garden, Jeff prepared grant proposals for prospective partners whose funding provided support and training to BIPOC youth and adults in fields such as urban agriculture, plant conservation, and climate science. His work helped secure or sustain annual funding of more than $400,000 from corporate donors, such as HSBC, Walgreens, and Kraft Foods; foundations such as the Chicago Community Trust, Leo S. Guthman Fund and the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust; and government agencies, including the Illinois State Library and United States Department of Agriculture.
As NTI Upstream’s senior editor, Jeff directed the nonfiction publishing division. This included managing title acquisition, maintaining the editorial tone and appearance of the company's print and online materials, executing strategic branding campaigns, and envisioning the voice of the firm across a variety of digital platforms. Books under his editorial direction were featured in the "New York Times" and “Wall Street Journal,” on NPR's "Weekend Edition," and in numerous televised broadcasts.
Earlier in his career, Jeff taught rhetoric and composition in DePaul University’s First-Year Writing Program and creative writing at The University of Iowa. He began his career as a journalist for Suburban News Publications.