Knight Ridder Names Jim Crutchfield Publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Knight Ridder

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Knight Ridder (NYSE:   KRI) today
 announced the appointment of Jim Crutchfield, general manager of the Akron
 Beacon Journal, as president and publisher effective today. He replaces
 John L. Dotson Jr., who is retiring.
     Knight Ridder Chairman and CEO Tony Ridder said, "We are fortunate to have
 had a newspaperman of John's caliber serving us in Detroit, Philadelphia and
 Akron. I know that many people will miss John's commitment to the Beacon
 Journal, but I know that they also join me in thanking John and wishing him
 and his wife, Peggy, all the best as they begin the next chapter of their
 lives."
     Knight Ridder Senior Vice President/Operations Frank McComas said, "John
 has had a distinguished career as a journalist and publisher for Knight
 Ridder. Under his leadership, the Beacon Journal brought home the Pulitzer
 Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service in 1994.
     "Fortunately for the Beacon Journal and Knight Ridder, John has done an
 excellent job in helping to select and train his successor. We couldn't be
 happier than to have Jim, a Beacon Journal alumni, lead from the publisher's
 chair. Jim's broad industry experience and management experience will serve
 the newspaper very well."
     Ridder said, "I couldn't be more delighted that Jim has accepted this job.
 He is a superb journalist with broad experience in our business. He is smart,
 fair-minded and deeply committed to bringing out the best in people. His
 journalistic savvy and his business skills, combined with his affection for
 the Beacon Journal, make him especially well suited for the job."
     Crutchfield, 53, has spent much of his career with Knight Ridder. He first
 joined the Detroit Free Press as a reporter in 1976, later serving as state
 capital bureau chief, and in a series of editing jobs from 1981 to 1989. He
 was managing editor of the Akron Beacon Journal from 1989 to 1993, then was
 executive editor of the Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram from 1993 to 1997.
 He served as assistant to the publisher of Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc., in
 1998 and as director of single copy sales and distribution in 1999 before
 returning to Akron as general manager in January 2000.
     Crutchfield earned a B.A. in communications at Duquesne University in
 1992.
     Crutchfield is a member of the United Way of Summit County Board of
 Trustees.
     He is married to Cynthia Parish and has a daughter, Rashida Crutchfield,
 and two stepdaughters, Kendra and Elena Edwards.
     Knight Ridder is the nation's second-largest newspaper publisher, with
 products in print and online. The company publishes 32 daily newspapers in
 28 U.S. markets, with a readership of 8.5 million daily and 12.6 million
 Sunday. Knight Ridder also has investments in a variety of Internet and
 technology companies and two newsprint companies. The company's Internet
 operation, KnightRidder.com, creates and maintains a variety of online
 services, including RealCities.com, a national network of city and regional
 destination sites in 40 U.S. markets. Knight Ridder and KnightRidder.com are
 located in San Jose, Calif.
 
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    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Knight Ridder (NYSE:   KRI) today
 announced the appointment of Jim Crutchfield, general manager of the Akron
 Beacon Journal, as president and publisher effective today. He replaces
 John L. Dotson Jr., who is retiring.
     Knight Ridder Chairman and CEO Tony Ridder said, "We are fortunate to have
 had a newspaperman of John's caliber serving us in Detroit, Philadelphia and
 Akron. I know that many people will miss John's commitment to the Beacon
 Journal, but I know that they also join me in thanking John and wishing him
 and his wife, Peggy, all the best as they begin the next chapter of their
 lives."
     Knight Ridder Senior Vice President/Operations Frank McComas said, "John
 has had a distinguished career as a journalist and publisher for Knight
 Ridder. Under his leadership, the Beacon Journal brought home the Pulitzer
 Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service in 1994.
     "Fortunately for the Beacon Journal and Knight Ridder, John has done an
 excellent job in helping to select and train his successor. We couldn't be
 happier than to have Jim, a Beacon Journal alumni, lead from the publisher's
 chair. Jim's broad industry experience and management experience will serve
 the newspaper very well."
     Ridder said, "I couldn't be more delighted that Jim has accepted this job.
 He is a superb journalist with broad experience in our business. He is smart,
 fair-minded and deeply committed to bringing out the best in people. His
 journalistic savvy and his business skills, combined with his affection for
 the Beacon Journal, make him especially well suited for the job."
     Crutchfield, 53, has spent much of his career with Knight Ridder. He first
 joined the Detroit Free Press as a reporter in 1976, later serving as state
 capital bureau chief, and in a series of editing jobs from 1981 to 1989. He
 was managing editor of the Akron Beacon Journal from 1989 to 1993, then was
 executive editor of the Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram from 1993 to 1997.
 He served as assistant to the publisher of Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc., in
 1998 and as director of single copy sales and distribution in 1999 before
 returning to Akron as general manager in January 2000.
     Crutchfield earned a B.A. in communications at Duquesne University in
 1992.
     Crutchfield is a member of the United Way of Summit County Board of
 Trustees.
     He is married to Cynthia Parish and has a daughter, Rashida Crutchfield,
 and two stepdaughters, Kendra and Elena Edwards.
     Knight Ridder is the nation's second-largest newspaper publisher, with
 products in print and online. The company publishes 32 daily newspapers in
 28 U.S. markets, with a readership of 8.5 million daily and 12.6 million
 Sunday. Knight Ridder also has investments in a variety of Internet and
 technology companies and two newsprint companies. The company's Internet
 operation, KnightRidder.com, creates and maintains a variety of online
 services, including RealCities.com, a national network of city and regional
 destination sites in 40 U.S. markets. Knight Ridder and KnightRidder.com are
 located in San Jose, Calif.
 
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