John S. (Jack) Knight
Knight inherited Akron's Beacon-Journal in 1933 from his father and built it into a leading newspaper publishing conglomerate. A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Knight also had a knack for business. Through several major acquisitions including the Miami Herald, Miami Tribune, Detroit Free Press, and Philadelphia Inquirer, Knight built a formidable publishing empire. He merged his business with Ridder Publications in 1969 to create an operation with national scope.