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John S. (Jack) Knight

Knight-Ridder Corporation

1933 - 1969

Publishing & Print Media

Military ServiceArmy
1930 b. 1894
Born-Died1894 - 1981
BirthplaceWest Virginia (WV)
FatherHead, Same Company
Era - 1930

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.