GCN founder Izzy Feldman dies at 86
Israel (Izzy) Feldman, the founder of GCN, passed away on June 2 at the age of 86.
Feldman spent most of his professional life in the federal technology community. Before moving into media, he worked directly on government IT in both industry and government roles. His employers included Honeywell, MITRE, what is now Unisys, the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the since-reorganized Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
He launched Government Computer News in 1984 to cover how the government used technology to do its job better. While there were newsletters covering different slices of government IT, GCN was the first communitywide publication.
Later Feldman turned to events, and to creating a venue for government and industry to talk frankly and share ideas. As chairman of the Industry Advisory Council, he and Rob Guerra, the vice chair, pulled together the first Executive Leadership Conference in 1991 -- a gathering in Charlottesville, Va., that put government and industry leaders together in workshops to tackle real problems in open and candid discussions. That collaborative approach is still a core tenet today for the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), which continue to produce ELC each year.
Feldman also created the eGov trade show, which was designed to showcase technology's role in reinventing government for the digital age. The government IT media landscape has has grown and changed dramatically since 1984, but it's no exaggeration to say that Feldman helped to get it all started.
Services for Feldman were held this past Sunday, June 4. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Doner-Feldman, as well as his three sons from his first marriage.
Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN.
Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.
Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.
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