John Curley

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John Curley
Born (1938-12-31) December 31, 1938 (age 80)
Alma materDickinson College
EmployerPennsylvania State University
RelativesTom Curley (brother), John Curley (son)
WebsitePenn State College of Communications

John Curley is a Professor, Distinguished Professional in Residence, and Co-Director of the Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State. He was head of Gannett News Service, during which time the news service won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The first editor of USA Today, Curley was a member of Gannett's Board of Directors from 1983 until his retirement. He retired from Gannett in January 2001 after more than 30 years with the company. During that time, he served as an editor at the Rochester Times-Union in Rochester, NY; as editor and later publisher of the Courier-News in Bridgewater, NJ; and later as publisher of the News-Journal in Wilmington, DE. In May 1996, he was selected as chairman of the Newspaper Association of America. In 1999, he was made an honorary alumnus of Penn State.[1]

The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism is named in his honor.

Curley was born 31 December 1938 in Easton, Pennsylvania.[2] He is a 1956 graduate from Easton High School.[3] He is a 1960 graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He earned a Master's Degree from Columbia University in 1963.[4]

His younger brother Tom Curley was the president and chief executive officer of the Associated Press until he retired around August 2012.[5]

He received the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, for his outstanding service and accomplishments spanning his career in journalism.[6]


  1. ^ "Capital Campaign Committee Board Member". Penn State College of Communications. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  2. ^ "Astrology John J_ Curley, birth date 31 December 1938, born in Easton PA". Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  3. ^ "Spring 2014 Newsletter". Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  4. ^ "John Curley announces retirement; McCorkindale succeeds as CEO". 2000 Press Releases Gannett_com. Archived from the original on 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  5. ^ "Gary-Pruitt-of-McClatchy-to-become-new-president-and-CEO-of-The-Associated-Press". Associated Press. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  6. ^ "Lifetime Achievement Award Description". Retrieved 10 March 2014.

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