SEIGENTHALER TO RETIRE AS PRESIDENT AND PUBLISHER OF THE TENNESSEAN
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- John Seigenthaler has announced that he will retire at the end of December after an illustrious 42-year career that saw him rise from reporter to chairman, publisher and CEO of The Tennessean in Nashville.
Seigenthaler, who made the announcement in today's editions of The Tennessean, said that he is retiring with "a deep sense of gratitude to the talented employees in every department of the newspaper, but particularly in the newsroom where I spent most of my professional career.
"For me, journalism has been a life calling and a unique form of public service," Seigenthaler said. "I am lucky to have had the opportunity to serve this newspaper under, first, the Evans family and then the Gannett Company."
Gannett Chairman and CEO John J. Curley saluted Seigenthaler, saying Gannett was "especially pleased to acquire The Tennessean in 1979 because it meant we would be working with an industry giant in John Seigenthaler. Gannett has been proud of this association."
Curley also said that he was "pleased that Seig has agreed to continue his association with Gannett and The Tennessean as chairman emeritus."
Craig Moon succeeds Seigenthaler as president and publisher of The Tennessean. He has been president and chief operating officer in Nashville since May of this year.
"While it's impossible to totally replace John Seigenthaler at The Tennessean, Craig Moon clearly is prepared to add the duties of publisher," said Gary L. Watson, president of the newspaper division.
"Craig's an experienced newspaper executive who's had the benefit of working with Seig for the past several months. This makes for a good transition, insuring that we'll continue to serve the Nashville community."
Seigenthaler began his newspaper career at The Tennessean in 1949. Over the years, he served as a reporter, copy editor, features magazine writer, city editor and editor. Under his leadership, The Tennessean won numerous national honors, including the Pulitzer Prize and Sigma Delta Chi and Headliner awards.
In addition to his duties in Nashville, Seigenthaler also served as the first editorial director of USA Today from the newspaper's launch in 1982 until earlier this year.
Seigenthaler is a past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He was elected a Sigma Delta Chi fellow, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Professional Journalists. He serves on the boards of the World Press Institute and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
He is a former Neiman Fellow at Harvard University and a First Amendment Chair of Excellence has been established at Middle Tennessee State University in his name.
In the 1960s, Seigenthaler took a leave of absence from The Tennessean to serve as administrative assistant to U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. During the 1961 Freedom Rides, he was Kennedy's chief negotiator with the governor of Alabama. During that crisis, he was attacked by a mob of whites and was hospitalized.
Moon, 41, joined Gannett in 1985 as vice president of advertising at the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Post. In 1988, he became president and publisher of the Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press. In August 1989, he was named to a similar post at the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock.
He earlier held management positions at the Modesto (Calif.) Bee, Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic, Philadelphia Inquirer and Tampa Tribune.
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), is a nationwide news and information company that publishes 86 daily newspapers, including USA Today, and USA Weekend, a newspaper magazine. It also operates ten television stations, 15 radio stations and the largest outdoor advertising company in North America.
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