My name is Anton Zuiker.

For more than thirty years, I have fostered community at local, organizational, and international levels. I do this through communication tools, events programming, and strategic thinking, looking for and recognizing opportunity, finding partners, and giving others the tools to tell their stories.

My skills include a broad range of reporting, writing, public speaking, event planning, issues consulting and team building. I have excelled at new media and social networking strategies.

I value collaboration, community, conversation and narrative. I have traveled far and wide, learned to be observant of culture and place, and delighted in seeing ideas bloom.

Highlights of my work history follow.

Current employment

Duke University Department of Medicine

Durham, NC June 2010 - ongoing Director of Communications

  • I lead the innovative communications team of the largest department in the School
of Medicine, part of a leading academic medical center and world-class university.
  • We inform and champion our people in an efficient, open style that drives traffic to our site and attracts recruits to our training programs. We promote diversity and inclusion, elevate leadership communication, and record the rich legacy of internal medicine at Duke.
  • My strategies, replicated by other departments, reflect the activities and accomplishments of the Department’s 4,000 leaders, faculty, trainees, staff, and alumni. Our MedicineNews framework and Duke River of News aggregator are considered best practice. I developed the Communications Strategic Plan 2020-2025 with an ambitious program to help the Department achieve its many goals.
  • I created Voices of Duke Health, a workforce well-being project funded by the Duke Institute for Health Innovation. Our podcast was chosen by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation as an inaugural Trust Practice Challenge winner, and given an honorable mention in the 2020 Awards of Achievement by the Association of American Medical Colleges (Group on Institutional Advancement).

Graduate studies

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Aug 2002 - May 2004
Park M.A. Fellow
Studied reporting of infectious diseases in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and School of Public Health. Creator of, webmaster for The Fifth Estate online magazine, founder of and coordinator for Narratives of HIV series of events and the Weblogs in Journalism seminar. I was also a lab instructor for an e-publishing course.

Past Professional Experience

Duke University Health System

Durham, NC
August 2007 - June 2010
Manager, Internal Communications

Carolina Population Center

Chapel Hill, NC
March 2005 - August 2007
Sr. Publications & Communications Research Associate on the MEASURE Evaluation project funded by USAID

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

June 2004 - March 2005
News Editor

Northern Ohio Live Magazine, Cleveland, OH

Jan 2001 - Dec 2002
Columnist – Inventing the Future
Wrote monthly column about innovation in Northern Ohio; awarded first place for best medical/science reporting for 2002 by Society of Professional Journalists. Archives online at

EmployOn, Inc., Euclid, OH

Nov 2000 - July 2001
Web Content Editor
Wrote and edited marketing, sales and site copy for this online recruiting solutions company., Streetsboro, OH

Jan - Aug 2000
Assistant Editorial Director
Managed editorial team for this how-to web site. Extensive Internet research and web usage.

U.S. Peace Corps, Republic of Vanuatu

Dec 1997 - Oct 1999
Volunteer; training coordinator
Served as school teacher and community development worker, and PC newsletter editor.

Northern Ohio LIVE Magazine, Cleveland, OH

Sept 1995 - Nov 1997
Editor, April ‘97-Nov ‘97; Managing Editor, March ‘96-April ‘97; Associate Editor, Sept ‘95-March ‘96
Rose to become editor of the monthly regional arts, events and culture magazine.

Small Business News, Lakewood, OH

Dec 1994 - Sept 1995
Production Assistant, April ‘95-Sept ‘95; Research Assistant and Reporter, part-time Dec ‘94-April ‘95

Hawaii Medical Service Association (BC/BS), Honolulu, HI

Sept 1992 - June 1994
Staff Writer, Island Scene Magazine, Jan ‘93-June ‘94; Corporate Staff Writer, Sept ‘92-June ‘94


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Aug 2002-May 2004
M.A. Mass Communication (Medical Journalism)

John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH

Aug 1988-May 1992
B.A. Communications

Contact me

Anton Zuiker
723 Smith Level Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Anton Zuiker @antonzuiker