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Robert Decherd (born 1951) is an American businessman. From 1987 to 2013, he served as the Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of A. H. Belo Corporation of Dallas, which owns six daily newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal and Riverside, California's Press-Enterprise. He is also Chairman of Belo Corp. Belo also owns 21 network-affiliated television stations and three cable news channels.
Decherd graduated from St. Mark's School of Texas and Rice University. He was orator of his class and President of The Harvard Crimson. He is a recipient of the Media Institute's 1999 Freedom of Speech Award.
Decherd became Belo's chairman and chief executive officer in January 1987. He became President of Belo in January 1994; he had previously served as President from January 1985 through December 1986. From January 1984 through December 1986, he served as Chief Operating Officer. Decherd is a member of the board of directors, lead director, and chairman of the Executive Committee of Kimberly-Clark Corporation. He also serves on the Advisory Council for Harvard University's Center for Ethics and the Professions and is a member of the Media Security and Reliability Council, which is part of President Bush's Homeland Security initiative.
Decherd, a member of the company's founding family, oversaw Belo's listing as public company with the New York Stock Exchange in 1983, as well as the biggest transaction in the company's history, Belo's acquisition of The Providence Journal Company in 1997.
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