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Part of the Golson Media team in 2015.

J. Geoffrey Golson


​Geoff Golson began his professional editorial career in the late 20th century at the now venerable OMNI Magazine as an associate editor, responsible for the Mind (psychology) department, among other duties. Over the next decades, he worked for Rand McNally, moving up to senior editor, and produced and edited numerous atlas products. Further, Golson held other editorial management positions, including starting a trade and professional book division as a publisher for Lebhar-Friedman. Finally, he served as a publisher at Macmillan USA, in charge of single-volume trade and library reference. 


In 2001 Golson founded and managed an editorial production company, specializing in providing trade and academic titles to major publishers, including HarperCollins, SAGE Publications, and EBSCO Publishing. He produced some 75 multivolume encyclopedias, series, and other editorial products for both print and digital publishing, building a profitable small business with seven staff members. He recruited freelance staff and supervised all author recruitment, editorial, and production functions. His company won more than 20 awards over the years for outstanding editorial from the American Library Association, Booklist, Choice, RUSA, and other organizations. Just one example includes The Encyclopedia of Health Communication chosen as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title.


Selected Subjects and Awards

Alcohol: Social & Cultural Perspectives: Outstanding Reference (RUSA)

Transportation: Choice Outstanding Best Reference

Deception: Outstanding Academic Title  (RUSA)

Social Media & Politics: Library Journal Best Reference

Sociology of Work: Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Street Crime in America: Booklist Editors' Choice

History of Crime and Punishment: Booklist Editors' Choice

New Venture Management: ALA BRASS Outstanding Reference

Crisis Management: ALA BRASS Notable Reference

Consumption & Waste: Library Journal Best Reference

Crime & Punishment: Library Journal Best Reference

Sports Marketing & Management: ALA BRASS Outstanding Reference

Social Networks: Library Journal Best Reference

Mathematics and Society: Library Journal Best Reference

Women in Today's World: Booklist Editors' Choice

Business in Today’s World: ALA BRASS Outstanding Reference

Cancer and Society: Booklist Editors' Choice

Global Warming and Climate Change: Booklist Editors' Choice

Cancer and Society: Library Journal Best Reference

Environment and Society: Library Journal Best Reference

World Poverty: Library Journal Best Reference

Politics: The Left and the Right: NY Public Library Best of Reference


Golson was born in Mexico City to a French father and American mother and lived in Monaco, Paris, Brussels, and The Hague before receiving his secondary education at The Canterbury School, a preparatory school in New Milford, Connecticut, and the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He has been married for 30 years and raised three sons in the Chicago and New York City metro areas.





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