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 MIAMI, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Knight-Ridder, Inc. (NYSE: KRI), today announced the promotion of Jay Harris to chairman and publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, effective Feb. 1. He succeeds Larry Jinks, who is retiring after a career of 43 years in the newspaper business, 37 of those years with Knight-Ridder.
 Knight-Ridder President Tony Ridder, who is also president of the Newspaper Division, said, "In his five years on the corporate staff, Jay has handled every assignment with exceptional skills and professionalism. San Jose is particularly fortunate to be getting Jay Harris as their publisher."
 Knight-Ridder Chairman and CEO Jim Batten said, "I am delighted that Jay Harris is taking over the leadership of the San Jose Mercury News. I am confident that he will do a splendid job."
 "I am naturally saddened, though, by Larry Jinks' retirement. Larry has been one of Knight-Ridder's most valuable contributors for many years. He will be sorely missed," Batten said.
 Ridder said, "Larry Jinks and I have worked closely together for 16 years. He has been an inspirational leader, outstanding executive and close friend. He will be missed throughout the company."
 Harris, 45, has been vice president/operations of Knight-Ridder since 1989. He has responsibility for the company's newspaper operations in Charlotte, St. Paul, Akron, Gary, Duluth, Boulder, Grand Forks, State College and Aberdeen.
 He joined Knight-Ridder in 1985 as executive editor of the Philadl?phia Daily News and took on the additional role of vice president of Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. in 1987.
 In October 1988 he moved to Miami as assistant to the president of Knight-Ridder's Newspaper Division. He was named vice president/operations in September 1989.
 Harris began his journalism career in 1970 at the Wilmington, Del., News Journal newspapers, where he spent five years as a reporter and editor. From Wilmington, he went to Northwestern University as an assistant professor of journalism and urban affairs. During his years at Medill, he served as associate director of the Frank E. Gannett Urban Journalism Center and assistant dean of the Medill School of Journalism.
 Harris worked as a national correspondent for Gannett News Service from 1982 to 1985 and wrote a weekly column for Gannett Newspapers.
 Harris received the Ida B. Wells award from the National Association of Black Journalists in 1992, and a special citation from the Institute for Journalism Education in 1991 for contributions to the cause of racial diversity in American newsrooms. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1985 gave him the "Drum Major for Justice Award." In 1984, he received the Par Excellence Award for Distinguished Service from Operation PUSH.
 His professional activities include serving as chairman of the Journalism Advisory Committee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
 Harris also serves on the Board of Governors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Dade County.
 A 1970 graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, he is married and has three children.
 Jinks, 64, has been president and publisher of the Mercury News since April 1989.
 He joined Knight-Ridder in 1956 as a reporter for The Charlotte Observer. He moved to The Miami Herald in 1960, serving in several editing roles before becoming executive editor in 1972. He moved to San Jose as editor in 1977.
 Jinks returned to Miami in 1981 as Knight-Ridder's vice president/news. He was named senior vice president/news in 1983.
 He is a former president of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. He served two terms as a board member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and is currently on the board of the American Press Institute.
 Jinks is a member of the boards of directors of the American Leadership Forum, the Bay Area Council, California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Santa Clara County Manufacturing Group, The Technology Center of Silicon Valley, the Community Foundation of Santa Clara County, and on the board of governors of the National Conference of Christian and Jews and on the board of regents of Santa Clara University. He was chairman of the 1991 Santa Clara County United Way campaign, and is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation board.
 He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University.
 He lives in Saratoga, is married and has three grown children.
 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 more than 100 countries.
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