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Publisher                                J Dale Debber

Editor                                      Kevin Thompson

Digest Editor                          Todd Karpovich

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Kevin Thompson
Editor, Cal-OSHA Reporter

Kevin Thompson has been editor of Cal-OSHA Reporter since 1999. He is a 30-year veteran of business writing. A graduate of San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, he began his career as assistant editor for Meat&Poultry magazine, a monthly periodical covering some of the most controversial businesses in the country. Meat&Poultry, despite its pedestrian title, is an award-winning magazine that has documented the demise of small businesses due to industry concentration, industry trends and emerging food safety issues that threaten public health and the reputation of businesses. It was there that Thompson was first exposed to worker safety concepts, covering the controversy over repetitive motion injuries in meat packing and processing plants, and a new term — ergonomics. Thompson was later named managing editor of the magazine. M&P and Thompson were recipients of “Maggie” awards from the Western Publications Association.

In 1990, he joined California Farmer magazine, a 140-year-old publication serving one of the Golden State’s most important industries. At California Farmer, he covered the state’s “water wars,” reported on scientific developments and informed readers on many other issues. It was there that he also honed his skills as a photographer and was recognized in company competitions for his photos and writing.

As editor of Cal-OSHA Reporter, Thompson strives to keep California’s occupational safety and health community up to speed on the latest developments with Cal/OSHA, whether it’s regulation, legislation or litigation.


J Dale Debber

Dale is the father of Compline, the publisher of Workers’ Comp Executive, Cal-OSHA Reporter and our other publications and sites. He is an award-winning investigative journalist although there are those he’s written about who may not be so polite.  He left the journalism side a couple times to direct six statewide political campaigns. He is called upon by legislators and regulators for his workers’ comp knowledge. He and knows more about the production side of workers’ comp than nearly anyone.
Dale is married has grown children and grand people.   He is opinionated, politically incorrect, alternatively funny and curmudgeonly. Dale likes technology but loves the outdoors. He hikes and shoots.



Todd Karpovich

Todd Karpovich, digest-editor, produces Providence Publications’ OSHAToday, Workers’ Comp Executive and Workers’ Compensation Resource Guide netletters, Todd Karpovich has been a contributor for ESPN, Forbes, the Associated Press, and The Baltimore Sun, among other media outlets nationwide. He is the co-author of “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Baltimore Ravens Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box,” “Skipper Supreme: Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles,” and the author of “Manchester United — Europe’s Best Soccer Clubs.” Karpovich, a Baltimore native, is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and has a Master of Science in Professional Writing from Towson University.



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