Ken Rickard is a senior programmer at Palantir.net, a Chicago-based firm specializing in developing Drupal web sites. He is a frequent contributor to the Drupal project and is the maintainer of the Domain Access, MySite and Menu Node API modules. At Palantir, he architects and builds large-scale web sites for a diverse range of customers, including Foreign Affairs magazine, NASCAR and the University of Chicago.
From 1998 through 2008, Ken worked in the newspaper industry, beginning his career managing web sites and later becoming a researcher and consultant for Morris DigitalWorks. At Morris, Ken helped launch BlufftonToday.com, the first newspaper web site launched on the Drupal platform. He later led the Drupal development team for SavannahNOW.com. He co-founded the Newspapers on Drupal group (http://groups.drupal.org/newspapers-on-drupal) and is a frequent advisor to the newspaper and publishing industries.
In 2008, Ken helped start the Knight Drupal Initiative, an open grant process for Drupal development, funded by the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation. He is also a member of the advisory board of PBS Engage, a Knight Foundation project to bring social media to the Public Broadcasting Service.
Prior to this book, Ken was a Technical Reviewer for Packt Publishing’s Drupal 6 Site Blueprints by Timi Ogunjobi.