Gary B. Pruitt

Gary B. Pruitt (born c. 1957) is the President and CEO of the Associated Press and was the CEO, president, and chairman of the board of the McClatchy Company.

Pruitt was born in Virginia and grew up in Satellite Beach, Florida.[1] He received a B.A. degree from the University of Florida and received his masters in public policy from University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law.[2][3][4]

Pruitt was counsel for McClatchy from 1984 to 1987, corporate Secretary and General Counsel from 1987 to 1998, publisher for the Fresno Bee from 1991 to 1994, general counsel from 1987 to 1991, and Vice President, Operations and Technology from 1991 to 1994.[5] He was Chief Operating Officer from 1995 to 1996. He became President starting in 1995, Chief Executive Officer in 1996, and Chairman in 2001.[5]

In April 2012 it was announced he was going to become CEO of the Associated Press. Kevin McClatchy assumed his chairman of the board role and Patrick J. Talamantes assumed the CEO role.

Gary Pruitt - June 2016 (cropped)
Gary Pruitt in 2016

Other work

He is a former chairman of the Newspaper Association of America and James Irvine Foundation and a former vice chairman of the Associated Press Board of Directors. He serves on the Advisory Board of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.[5]


  1. ^ "A CEO's Passion for Papers - Los Angeles Times". 2006-03-14. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  2. ^ "Gary Pruitt - News, Articles, Biography, Photos -". Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  3. ^ "Profile of Gary Pruitt, McClatchy's Man Behind KR Deal | Editor & Publisher | Professional Journal archives from". 2006-03-12. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  4. ^ Paterno, Susan. "McClatchy Through the Years | American Journalism Review". Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  5. ^ a b c "The McClatchy Company". Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
Business positions
Preceded by
Erwin Potts
McClatchy CEO
Succeeded by
Patrick J. Talamantes
2013 articles about the Department of Justice investigations of reporters

In 2013, the United States Department of Justice, under Attorney General Eric Holder, came under scrutiny from the media and some members of Congress for subpoenaing phone records from the Associated Press (AP). Under similar justifications, a 2010 subpoena approved by Eric Holder implicated Fox News reporter, James Rosen, as a possible co-conspirator under the Espionage Act of 1917. Investigators gained access to the times of his phone calls, and two days of Rosen's emails. Stephen Jin-Woo Kim eventually pleaded guilty to violating the Espionage Act for communicating North Korean nuclear test plans to Rosen. These investigations provoked considerable criticism from major news organizations, and precipitated the revision of media guidelines at the Department of Justice.

Associated Press

The Associated Press (AP) is a U.S.-based not-for-profit news agency headquartered in New York City. Founded in 1846, it operates as a cooperative, unincorporated association. Its members are U.S. newspapers and broadcasters. Its Statement of News Values and Principles spells out its standards and practices.The AP has earned 52 Pulitzer Prizes, including 31 for photography, since the award was established in 1917.

The AP has counted the vote in U.S. elections since 1848, including national, state and local races down to the legislative level in all 50 states, along with key ballot measures. AP collects and verifies returns in every county, parish, city and town across the U.S., and declares winners in over 5,000 contests.

The AP news report, distributed to its members and customers, is produced in English, Spanish and Arabic. AP content is also available on the agency's app, AP News. A 2017 study by NewsWhip revealed that AP content was more engaged with on Facebook than content from any individual English-language publisher.As of 2016, news collected by the AP was published and republished by more than 1,300 newspapers and broadcasters. The AP operates 263 news bureaus in 106 countries. It also operates the AP Radio Network, which provides newscasts twice hourly for broadcast and satellite radio and television stations. Many newspapers and broadcasters outside the United States are AP subscribers, paying a fee to use AP material without being contributing members of the cooperative. As part of their cooperative agreement with the AP, most member news organizations grant automatic permission for the AP to distribute their local news reports. The AP employs the "inverted pyramid" formula for writing which enables the news outlets to edit a story to fit its available publication area without losing the story's essentials.

Cutbacks at rival United Press International in 1993 left the AP as the United States' primary news service, although UPI still produces and distributes stories and photos daily. Other English-language news services, such as the BBC, Reuters and the English-language service of Agence France-Presse, are based outside the United States.

Erwin Potts

Erwin Potts (April 20, 1932 – May 18, 2017) was the first non-McClatchy family member CEO of the McClatchy Company from 1989 to 1996.Potts was born in Pineville, North Carolina, attended Mars Hill College and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.Between 1958 and 1970, he was a reporter, city editor and assistant manager at the Miami Herald. He was general manager of the Tallahassee Democrat, Charlotte Observer and The Charlotte News.In 1989 be became president of McClatchy and in 1996 became CEO. He was chairman when he retired in 2001. Potts died due to complications from an accident sustained at his home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on May 18, 2017.

Kevin McClatchy

Kevin S. McClatchy (born January 13, 1963) is the chairman of McClatchy and former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. He led a group of investors that purchased the team in 1996, and served as the team's CEO and lead owner until 2007, when Bob Nutting took over as lead owner, and McClatchy and Nutting hired Frank Coonelly to become CEO.

List of University of Florida alumni

This list of University of Florida alumni includes current students, former students, and graduates of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Honorary degree recipients can be found on the List of University of Florida honorary degree recipients, and notable administration, faculty, and staff are found on the List of University of Florida faculty and administrators.

Alumni status is open to all graduates of the University of Florida, all former students of the University of Florida who regularly matriculated and left the University of Florida in good standing. If a former athlete earns notable non-sports related distinctions, then he or she should be added to this list.

Patrick J. Talamantes

Patrick J.Talamantes (born c. 1966) was the President &CEO of the McClatchy Company from May 16, 2012 until January 25, 2017. He was replaced by Craig Forman.

He was born and raised in Sebastopol, California, where he attended Analy High School.Talamantes received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.He held various positions with Manufacturers Hanover Trust which in turn became Chemical Bank from 1986 to 1995; treasurer of River City Broadcasting from 1995 to 1996 which in turn became Sinclair Broadcast Group from 1996 to 2001 (including the CFO position from 2000 to 2001).He joined McClatchy as CFO in April 2001. In June 2011 he assumed additional responsibilities for McClatchy's Florida operations.

Philadelphia Media Holdings

Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC was an American holding company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded by Brian Tierney in 2006, the company owned The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. After The McClatchy Company bought Knight Ridder in 2006, it announced it would sell, among other newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. Interested in buying the papers, Brian Tierney assembled a group of Philadelphia businesspeople and investors to make a bid. In May 2006 Philadelphia Media Holdings bought the papers for US$515 million plus the assumption of the newspapers' liabilities. Declining circulation and ad revenue for The Inquirer and Daily News caused financial strain, which resulted in the filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company's creditors acquired the newspapers at auction and established a new holding company, Philadelphia Media Network, in 2010.

The Open Mind (TV series)

The Open Mind is a nationally broadcast public affairs interview program. As of October 2018, it is the longest-running in the history of American public television. First broadcast in May 1956, this "thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas" across politics, media, technology, the arts and realms of civic life currently originates from CUNY TV Studios and airs on PBS stations. Its creator, Richard Heffner, was host until his death on December 17, 2013. In 2014, Alexander Heffner, Richard Heffner's grandson, took over as the program's host renewing its commitment to civil discourse for the new generation.

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