Gary Pruitt, currently the President and CEO of The McClatchy Company, has been named the new President and CEO of the Associated Press. Pruitt has been with McClatchy since 1995, and has served on the AP’s board for nine years. He will will succeed Tom Curley in July.
Dean Singleton, the outgoing chairman of the AP board, said Pruitt will help guide the AP’s digital focus.
“Gary has deep experience in the changing world of the news industry, an acute business sense and an overriding understanding of and commitment to AP’s news mission,” Singlton said in a press release announcing the change. “His background as a First Amendment lawyer is a hand-in-glove fit with AP’s long leadership role in fighting for open government and freedom of information. And, he knows AP well.”