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BCA Hires Award-Winning Alabama Journalist


MONTGOMERY—The Business Council of Alabama has announced that veteran Alabama newspaper reporter Dana Beyerle has joined the organization as manager of communications.

Beyerle was chief of the capital bureau for the Gadsden Times, the TimesDaily in Florence, and the Tuscaloosa News, the New York Times regional newspapers in Alabama, from January 1990 until the TimesDaily was sold in March 2009.  He continued as bureau chief for the remaining two newspapers after their sale to the Halifax Media Group in January 2012.

“Dana is one of a kind when it comes to his background in journalism and institutional knowledge of Alabama history,” said BCA president and CEO William J. Canary.  “As we continue our fight for the private sector and education reform, Dana is the perfect fit to help convey that message while expanding our communications content platform on behalf of the business community.”

From 1985 to 1990, Beyerle was bureau chief for the United Press International offices in Huntsville, covering the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster investigation at the Marshall Space Flight Center, and in Montgomery.  He covered Alabama and Auburn football and was a reporter for the Decatur Daily from 1979 to 1985. In the 1970s, Beyerle worked at the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune and Plant City (Fla.) Courier.

He covered 25 regular Alabama legislative sessions, dozens of special sessions, every statewide and national election since 1988, and the Gov. Guy Hunt felony trial.  He worked briefly at the Jacksonville (Fla.) Chamber of Commerce in 1979, contributing to the 4,000-circulation weekly newsletter.  For 22 years, he was a regular guest on Alabama Public Television’s “For The Record” weekly journalism roundtable show and appeared on its successor, “Capitol Journal.”

Beyerle was on the staff of and contributed to the Tuscaloosa News’ news coverage of the April 27, 2011, tornadoes that struck Alabama. The stories resulted in a Pulitzer Prize awarded the Tuscaloosa News staff in 2012.  Beyerle received seven Chairman Awards, the highest award in the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group from the New York Times Co. chairman, and other awards, and was a paid stringer for the New York Times.

Beyerle, who grew up in California and Huntsville, is a 1978 mass communications graduate of the University of South Florida. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Navy.

The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly one million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.  BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Contact: Nathan Lindsay (334) 834-6000


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