An experienced multimedia journalist

During my 30-plus years as a journalist, I’ve had lunch with Johnny Cash and looked into the eyes of the BTK Serial Killer. I covered a World Series,  interviewed astronauts who have been to the moon and back and worked a beat covering on the famous Las Vegas Strip. I currently work as Assistant Managing Editor of Local News for the Orange County Register.  I oversee the daily production of the most-read section in the newspaper, supervising content and design in print and managing digital coverage on, along with leading a team of 50 journalists.  As a reporter in Wichita, Kan., I was one of the first journalists to cover trials live via Twitter in state and federal courts. I’m a former national board member for the Society of Professional Journalists. I am the author of a book, two blogs and I have given presentations on social media and multimedia journalism across the country.

For details and complete resume see my Linked-In profile.


As editor

“The Blotter”- Breaking crime news for the Orange County Register. I put together the team that delivers breaking news and lead the creation of this blog, which grew audience and increased traffic from the first day.

“The Blog”an aggregation of interesting news about southern California from around the web and tailored for the readers of the Orange County Register. I helped put together the concept and supervise daily postings from reporters across our newsroom as part of the Register’s redesigned web site in 2014.

As writer

“What the Judge Ate for Breakfast – A look inside Wichita’s courts, including the video series “Common Law.” The American Bar Association Journal named it one of its Top 100 Blawgs (law blogs) in 2010.

“Multimedia Reporter” – Chronicling my journey of reinvention in a changing profession.

An article I wrote for Nieman Reports shows how I use online tools and social media in my reporting

What others say

Nieman Lab, Harvard University “When journalism schools teach ‘multimedia journalism,’ Sylvester is the kind of reporter they’ve got in mind.” “His use of Twitter to cover trials may change how trials are covered in the 21st century.”

American Bar Association Journal “He intertwined facts about the death penalty in Kansas and quick notes elaborating on the jury selection process. He also captured moments of levity and rapport building between the prosecution, defense lawyers and jurors.”

USA TODAY was among national and international publications to run a story by the Associated Press on my first use of Twitter in federal courts, which called the coverage “a victory for news technology”

Real Lawyers Have Blogs Video blog is “innovative” and “intriguing.”

Deliberations “Ron Sylvester is reporting jury selection with a fresh and direct style you don’t often see, except on Twitter.”

Leo LaPorte’s “This Week in Tech” (TWIT) podcast Sylvester’s tweets from federal court “Much more functional than the guy who tweeted his wedding.”

Practical Paralegalism “I want to be Ron Sylvester.”