Mary Jacobus

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Mary Jacobus (c. 1956 – February 20, 2009) was an American journalist. She was an executive with The New York Times Company, serving as president and general manager of The Boston Globe from January through September 2006, and then, until her death in February 2009, heading the company's Regional Media Group, overseeing 15 daily newspapers and several other publications. She also served on the board of The Associated Press.


She lived in Tampa with her husband, Dean Jacobus; together the two had three triplets, Kelly, Kimberly, and Bill.

Early life and education[edit]

Jacobus was raised in Buffalo, New York. She obtained her degree from Le Moyne College.


Jacobus began working for the Times in January 2006; a mere eight months later, she became president and chief operating officer of the Times Regional Media Group. She was also on the executive committee. Since 2007, she served on the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Prior to working for the Times Company, Jacobus spent seven years in the Knight Ridder chain where she began as president and publisher of The Duluth News Tribune. She was later a publisher of The News-Sentinel and president and chief executive of Fort Wayne Newspapers.

She also worked as vice president of sales and marketing at The Gazette and director of sales and marketing for the Escondido Times-Advocate.

In the 70s, Jacobus worked for The Buffalo Courier-Express, The Buffalo News, and The Long Beach Press-Telegram where she was responsible for advertising.


Jacobus died February 20, 2009 in Tampa, Florida at the age of 52, from a cerebral hemorrhage.[1]


  1. ^ Pérez-Peña, Richard (21 February 2009). "Mary Jacobus, a Times Co. Executive, Dies at 52". The New York Times.