Robert Grace has been editor of Plastics News since its launch in March 1989.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1979 and began his career with Crain Communications Inc. in Akron, Ohio, in March 1980 as an associate editor on Rubber & Plastics News. The following year, Crain posted him to London, where he directed the editorial relaunch of the monthly European Rubber Journal and helped to start Urethanes Technology magazine.
He returned to Akron in fall 1988 to help launch Plastics News. He was named associate publisher in October 1999 and conference director of Crain's newly acquired Plastics Encounter trade shows in July 2000.