Mr. Dunkle is chairman, CEO, and editor-in-chief of DietPower, Inc. (www.dietpower.com), which produces nutrition and fitness software for the personal computer and health news and features for the World Wide Web. He and a friend, John Heller, started the company in 1988.
From 1996 to 1999, Dunkle was executive producer and editor-in-chief of HealthScout, which became the Web's largest personalized health news service, syndicated on more than 5000 sites. Dunkle conceived the service (now called HealthDay), wrote its patented personalization algorithm, and established its prize-winning news team. HealthScout won two silver medals in the World Wide Web Health Awards.
Before building HealthScout, Dunkle was a top editor at the world's largest magazine, Reader's Digest, whose readership of 100 million included one in four American adults. Besides directing the magazine's core editorial staff, Dunkle created original articles for its 48 editions around the globe. Among the articles:
Before joining Reader's Digest, Dunkle was features editor of Technology Illustrated. In the early 1980s he was a contributing editor of Science 80, a consumer sibling of the journal Science. His writing helped Science 80 win two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. During this same period, he taught magazine and technical writing at Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated first in his class with a B.A. in English literature. An avid amateur astronomer, he began his college career as a physics major at Cornell University.
Dunkle's computer experience started during high school, when he spent a summer studying programming and engineering at Brown University. Later, he worked as a computer technician in Air Force intelligence, helping to operate spy satellites. He combined his computer and health interests to create the first version of DietPower in 1992.
Dunkle began his journalism career during his teens, as a reporter for small-town newspapers in his native Pennsylvania. His wife, Mary, is a vice president of the National Organization for Rare Disorders. The Dunkles live in Connecticut.