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Michael Gay Gartner

Michael Gay Gartner, American editor, baseball and television executive. Bar: New York, Iowa. Recipient Pulitzer prize for editorial writing, 1997; fellow, Harvard University Institute Politics, 1994.

Background

  • Gartner, Michael Gay was born on October 25, 1938 in Des Moines. Son of Carl David and Mary Marguerite (Gay) Gartner.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Carleton College, 1960. Juris Doctor, New York University, 1969. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Simpson College, 1984.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), James Madison University, 1989. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Grand View College, 1990. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Iowa Wesleyan College, 1997.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Drake University, 2001.

    Career

    • With Wall St. Journal, New York City, 1960—1974, page one editor, 1970—1974. Executive editor Des Moines Register and Tribune, 1974—1976, editor, 1976—1982, editorial chairman, 1982—1985, vice president, 1975—1976, executive vice president, 1977, president, chief operating officer, 1978—1985. Editor Courier-Journal and Louisville Times, 1986—1987.

      General news executive Gannett Company, 1987—1988. President NBC News, 1988—1993. Editor, co-owner Ames (Iowa) Daily Tribune, 1986—1999.

      Chairman, majority-owner Iowa Cubs, since 1999. Chairman, co-owner New West Newspapers, 2000—2006. Board directors Big Green Umbrella Association.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: New York, Iowa.

    Works

    • Syndicated columnist on language, 1978-1995, columnist United States of America Today, 1993-1998. Author: Outrage, Passion & Uncommon Sense, 2005.

    Membership

    Chairman Vision Iowa, 2000—2005. Honorary trustee Simpson College. Member Pulitzer Prize Board, 1982—1992, chairman, 1991—1992.

    Trustee Freedom Forum Newseum, Washington, Freedom Forum Diversity Institute. Board directors World Food Prize. President Iowa Board Regents, since 2005.

    Member of American Society Newspaper Editors (president 1986-1987), Association Bar City New York, Iowa Bar Association, American Bar Association, Wakonda Club.

    Connections

    • Married Barbara Jean McCoy, May 25, 1968. Children: Melissa, Christopher (deceased), Michael.
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    Born October 25, 1938
    • 1960
      Carleton College
    • 1969
      New York University
    • 1984
      Simpson College
    • 1989
      James Madison University
    • 1990
      Grand View College
    • 1997
      Iowa Wesleyan College
    • 2001
      Drake University
    • 2006
      chairman
    • 1960 - 1974
      With Wall St. Journal
    • 1970 - 1974
      With Wall St. Journal
    • 1974 - 1976
      executive, editor Des Moines Register and Tribune
    • 1976 - 1982
      executive, editor Des Moines Register and Tribune
    • 1986 - 1987
      editor Courier-Journal and Louisville Times
    • 1986 - 1999
      editor
    • 1987 - 1988
      general news executive, Gannett Company
    • 1988 - 1993
      president, National Broadcasting Company News
    • 1999
      chairman
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