South Dakota native and USA Today founder Al Neuharth dies
USA Today is reporting its founder, South Dakota native Allan H. Neuharth, has died.
According to the newspaper, Neuharth died at his home in Cocoa Beach, Florida Friday, after sustaining injuries in a fall at his home. He was 89.
Neuharth was born in Eureka, South Dakota on March 22, 1924. He served in World War II, married, graduated from the University of South Dakota and worked as a reporter with the Associated Press.
He joined Gannett in 1963. He became president of the company in 1970 and CEO three years later. In 1982, he developed a new national newspaper which eventually became the most widely read newspaper in the country.
"Al Neuharth reinvented news,'' said USA Today Publisher Larry Kramer, in an article published in USA Today. "Even in our recent efforts to translate his vision into the modern world of digital journalism, we relied on him to tell us if we were going in the right direction. His advice was, not surprisingly, the best and most practical we heard.''
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