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KNIGHT-RIDDER ANNOUNCES KEY MANAGEMENT CHANGES IN NEWSPAPER DIVISION

KNIGHT-RIDDER ANNOUNCES KEY MANAGEMENT CHANGES IN NEWSPAPER DIVISION
 MIAMI, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Knight-Ridder, Inc. (NYSE: KRI) today announced a series of key management changes in its Newspaper Division, effective July 13.
 Peter Ridder, president and publisher of the Long Beach Press- Telegram, was named president and publisher of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. He replaces Mary Junck, who is taking a leave of absence from the company.
 Richard J. Sadowski, president and CEO of Fort Wayne Newspapers, Inc., was appointed president and publisher of the Press-Telegram in Long Beach.
 Scott McGehee, vice president and general manager of the Lexington Herald-Leader, was named president and chief executive officer of Fort Wayne Newspapers, Inc. She will also hold the new post of publisher of The News-Sentinel.
 In making the announcements, Tony Ridder, president of Knight- Ridder, Inc. and president of the company's Newspaper Division, said, "We are fortunate to have such a talented, experienced group of executives to draw from in naming the top leadership of our newspapers. Each of these individuals brings skills to their new position that will benefit the company. Each has a solid record of accomplishment within Knight-Ridder."
 He also said, "As a result of Mary Junck's leadership, commitment and vision, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press is the dominant newspaper in its primary market. While we regret her departure, we can certainly understand her decision to spend more time with her young daughter, Betty. We look forward to Mary's eventual return to Knight-Ridder in another capacity."
 Peter Ridder, 45, has headed the Long Beach Press-Telegram since 1988. He was previously president and CEO of Fort Wayne Newspapers, Inc. Ridder began his career at the Duluth Herald and News-Tribune. He first worked for the Press-Telegram from 1972 to 1978, working in production and then as business manager. From 1978 to 1985, he was vice president and general manager of The Wichita Eagle-Beacon.
 Ridder earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Denver in 1969. He is married and has one son.
 Junck, 44, a 20-year veteran of Knight-Ridder, joined the Pioneer Press in 1985 and has served as publisher since 1990. She began her career with Knight-Ridder at The Charlotte Observer in 1972, and later worked at The Miami Herald and on the Knight-Ridder corporate staff.
 Junck has a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana.
 She requested a leave of absence to spend more time with her family. "I am blessed to have options in my career," said Junck. "It isn't easy to leave a company and job that I love as much as being publisher of the Pioneer Press. But the opportunity to spend this time with my daughter before she starts school is too valuable to miss."
 Sadowski, 45, was named CEO in Fort Wayne in 1988 after holding the position of vice president for sales and marketing. He came to Fort Wayne form the Press-Telegram, where he served as consumer marketing vice president and as circulation director. He began his career with Knight-Ridder at The Miami Herald, where he was a management trainee, Broward circulation manager and home delivery manager.
 He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Florida State University in 1970. He and his wife, Mary, have one son.
 Fort Wayne Newspapers operates The News-Sentinel and The Journal- Gazette. It is formed through a partnership between Knight-Ridder and The Journal-Gazette Co. The CEO of Fort Wayne Newspapers is responsible for the combined financial and business operations of the two newspapers. In her additional responsibilities as publisher, McGehee will also be responsible for the newsroom of The New-Sentinel, the Knight-Ridder newspaper.
 McGehee, 48, has held her post at the Herald-Leader since 1988. Prior to that time, she served as assistant to the senior vice president/news and operations at Knight-Ridder. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Binghamton (N.Y.) Evening Press, the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News and Evening Press, and Industrial Design magazine in New York City. She worked at the Detroit Free Press from 1974 to 1985 in positions including lifestyle editor, associate editor and managing editor.
 McGehee earned a bachelor's degree in English from Duke University and completed the Executive Program at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College. She is married to Charles C. McGehee Jr.
 Knight-Ridder is an international communications company engaged in newspaper publishing, business news and information services, electronic retrieval services, news, graphics and photo services, cable television and newsprint manufacturing. The company publishes 29 daily newspapers in the United States. Around the world, news, advertising and information from Knight-Ridder reach more than 100 million people in well over 100 countries.
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