R.I.P. Al Neuharth

Al Neuharth, former Gannett chairman and founder of USA Today, died today from complications of a fall at his home in Cocoa Beach, FL. He was 89. Neuharth’s death was reported by USA Today and the Newseum, which he also founded.¬†Neuharth became president of Gannett in 1970 and CEO three years later.¬†During his more than 15 years at the helm, Neuharth built Gannett into one of the largest American media companies with annual revenues increasing from $200 million to more than $3 billion. He founded USA Today in 1982, while president of Gannett newspaper group. The colorful, easy-to-read newspaper was at first dismissed, some deriding it as “McPaper”, but it went on to become the nation’s second-largest daily newspaper. Neuharth retired from Gannett in 1989.

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