Pruitt is a different kind of AP CEO

A Romenesko reader sends this dispatch:

Jim: Feel free to use this, though without attribution.

Though The Associated Press traces its linage back to 1848, today’s organization really started 52 years later following the dissolution of The Associated Press of Illinois when the then-owners didn’t like a ruling by that state’s Supreme Court. The modern A.P. as a true cooperative was established in New York State in 1900.

For more than 112 years, the top executive at The A.P. (through the mid-1980s called “general manager” and more recently “president and chief executive”) was a journalist by trade, with virtually every one of them having worked as a street reporter and most having started as a newspaper reporter before joining the wire service.

With the selection of Gary Pruitt, that chain has been broken.


*1900-1921 — Melville Elijah Stone; reporter and founder, Chicago Daily News.

*1921-1925 — Frederick Roy Martin; editor, Providence Journal.

*1925-1948 — Kent Cooper; A.P. reporter.

*1948-1962 — Frank Starzel; Iowa newspaper reporter; A.P. reporter.

*1962-1976 — Wes Gallagher; Louisiana newspaper reporter; A.P. reporter.

*1976-1984 — Keith Fuller; Texas newspaper reporter; A.P. bureau chief.

*1984-2003 — Louis D. Boccardi; New York newspaper reporter; A.P. exec. editor.

*2003-2012 — Thomas Curley; Pennsylvania newspaper reporter; Gannett editor.

*2012-? — Gary Pruitt; California lawyer, longtime executive with McClatchy.