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AP names Gary Pruitt of McClatchy as President, CEO

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SixToe, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known Member


    NEW YORK (AP) -- Gary Pruitt, a former First Amendment lawyer who heads the third-largest newspaper company in the U.S., will become the next president and CEO of The Associated Press, the cooperative announced Wednesday.
  2. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Well-Known Member

    Re: AP names Gary Pruitt of McClatchey as President, CEO

    I'm guessing AP would pay peanuts compared to working for McClatchey? Even though they don't make any money, it seems like CEO types still get huge bonuses. Maybe he's walking away with a ton of money.
  3. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

    Re: AP names Gary Pruitt of McClatchey as President, CEO

    McClatchy (cq)
  4. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Re: AP names Gary Pruitt of McClatchey as President, CEO

    Wrong people keep getting jobs. Reason No. 147 for ruination of newspaper business.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    You'd have to dig pretty deep to find someone who did more to ruin the newspaper industry than Gary Pruitt did. And I am including Sam Zell in that statement. Pruitt's "purchase" of Knight Ridder -- and I use that term facetiously because K-R dwarfed his company at the time and he bought it as basically a subprime mortgage with no money down -- set off the chaos and perked up Zell's pointy ears to this possibility.
  6. File under: sinking ship, rat deserting.
  7. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Active Member

    And probably taking a buttload of money with him as part of his "retirement" package ...

    I always thought AP had a little common sense, but what can you expect when Dean Singleton is head of the AP board?
  8. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    Another example of falling up.
  9. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Pruitt is the definition of an empty suit.
  10. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Active Member

    And the first person without a journalism background to head AP ...
  11. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    For more than 112 years, the top executive at The A.P. (through the mid-1980s called “general manager” and more recently “president and chief executive”) was a journalist by trade, with virtually every one of them having worked as a street reporter and most having started as a newspaper reporter before joining the wire service.

    With the selection of Gary Pruitt, that chain has been broken.


    *1900-1921 — Melville Elijah Stone; reporter and founder, Chicago Daily News.

    *1921-1925 — Frederick Roy Martin; editor, Providence Journal.

    *1925-1948 — Kent Cooper; A.P. reporter.

    *1948-1962 — Frank Starzel; Iowa newspaper reporter; A.P. reporter.

    *1962-1976 — Wes Gallagher; Louisiana newspaper reporter; A.P. reporter.

    *1976-1984 — Keith Fuller; Texas newspaper reporter; A.P. bureau chief.

    *1984-2003 — Louis D. Boccardi; New York newspaper reporter; A.P. exec. editor.

    *2003-2012 — Thomas Curley; Pennsylvania newspaper reporter; Gannett editor.

    *2012-? — Gary Pruitt; California lawyer, longtime executive with McClatchy.
  12. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known Member

    That's just so effin' sad.
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