About Phil Van Treuren’s Lorain County Blog
Phil Van Treuren’s family has lived in Lorain County for more than a century. His great-great grandfather was a survivor of the infamous Johnstown flood in 1889, and he came to Lorain to work at the steel mill and take care of his family.
Phil is a father, a web writer, a social media specialist, an Internet marketer and an elected official.
He started his career in journalism as a beat reporter for the Lorain Morning Journal newspaper, and was awarded honorable mention from the Associated Press for its 2002 Breaking News category.
Later, Phil went on to work as a professional political consultant, working for candidates in local, state and national campaigns. He joined the United States Army in 2004 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after completing Officer Candidate School at the 145th Regiment Regional Training Institute.
He works for Fathom, a digital marketing agency, where he specializes in social media, search engine optimization and other online stuff.
Phil lives in the city of Amherst, where he is a city councilman at-large (he ran for Lorain County Commissioner in 2012, but lost). He plays piano horribly and loves his daughter Sophia all the way to the moon and back.