Like his brother, a senior mechanical engineer for Dell Computers, based in Peoria, Ill., McChesney possessed technical skill.
But after graduating from high school, he went to the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He graduated with honors, earning a degree in photojournalism, with minors in typography and Russian history.
“I was always fascinated by the czars, the Russians and then the Soviets,” he responds. “They have such a different approach to everything. Plus, there was always the notion of knowing your rivals.”
After graduating, his photo career included covering horse racing, the NFL and NBA for the Associated Press in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. He also worked at a number of community newspapers, including the Kokomo Tribune from 1992-94, doing general photojournalism and graphics.
Seeing the emerging computer industry, McChesney left the newspaper to work as a systems engineer for Beckley Office Equipment in Kokomo. That position led him to Nixon Newspapers. John Nixon knew the group needed a full-time computer specialist, so when a NNI employee recommended McChesney, Nixon brought him aboard in 1995 as a systems engineer and later promoted him to director of technology.
Did he ever dream that he’d be in his current position?
“My career has taken several turns as I have seen technology impact the news business, so... ‘yes’ and ‘no’ …
“I personally love building new ‘widgets,’ so 1up! offers the tremendous opportunity to invent. …
“When the idea [for 1up!] presented itself early on, it was easy for me to see the potential, but when others heard about the idea of 1up! it was amazing to see how many supporters we gathered and how many professionals wanted to work with us.
“Every business needs a website in order to compete in our virtual market climate. We understand that, and strive to make it easy for our customers to succeed. I'm lucky that I can see the big picture, and my team delivers it.”