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Donald Franklin Wright

Donald Franklin Wright was American newspaper executive.

Background

  • Wright, Donald Franklin was born on July 10, 1934 in St. Paul. Son of Floyd Franklin and Helen Marie (Hansen) Wright.

  • Education

    • BME, University Minnesota, 1957. Master of Business Administration, University Minnesota, 1958.

    Career

    • With Minneapolis Star & Tribune Company, 1958—1977, research planning director, then operations director, 1971—1975, executive editor, 1975—1977. Executive vice president, general manager Newsday, Inc., Long Island, 1977—1978, president, chief operating officer, 1978—1981, Los Angeles Times, 1981—1987, president, Chief Executive Officer. Senior vice president Times Mirror Company, Los Angeles, 1988—1998, executive vice president, 1998—1999.

      Retired, 1999.

    Religion

    Denomination: Presbyterian

    Membership

    Former vice chairman board trustees Claremont Graduate School and University Center. Chairman Los Angeles Area council Boy Scouts American, 1988, president western region, 1998—2000, member national executive board, 1998—2003. Director emeritus Associates California Institute of Technology.

    Past chairman board directors University Minnesota Foundation. Trustee Museum New Mexico Foundation. Board directors United Way Long Island, 2000—2003.

    Member of Newspapers Publications Association, American Newspaper Publications Association (past chairman telecommunications committee and production management committee), University Minnesota Alumni Association, Minneapolis Club.

    Connections

    • Married Sharon Kathleen Fisher, December 30, 1960. Children: John, Dana, Kara, Patrick.
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    Born July 10, 1934
    • 1957
      University Minnesota
    • 1958
      University Minnesota
    • 1977 - 1978
      executive, Newsday
      Long Island, Bahamas
    • 1977 - 1978
      general manager, Newsday
      Long Island, Bahamas
    • 1981 - 1987
      executive, Newsday
    • 1981 - 1987
      general manager, Newsday
    • 1988 - 1998
      senior, vice president Times Mirror Company
    • 1999
      retired
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