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John J. Curley

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John Curley is a Professor, Distinguished Professional in Residence, and Co-Director of the Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State.


Curley, John J. was born on December 31, 1938.


Bachelor, Dickinson College, 1960. Master of Science, Columbia University, 1963. Doctor in Journalism (honorary), Dickinson College, 2009.


He retired from Gannett in January 2001 after more than 30 years with the company. During that time, he served as an editor at the Rochester Times-Union in Rochester, NY. As editor and later publisher of the Courier-News in Bridgewater, NJ.

And later as publisher of the News-Journal in Wilmington, DE. In May 1996, he was selected as chairman of the Newspaper Association of America. In 1999, he was made an honorary alumnus of Penn State. The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism is named in his honor.

Curley was born 31 December 1938 in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is a 1956 graduate from Easton High School. He earned a Master's Degree from Columbia University in 1963.


  • He was head of Gannett News Service, during which time the news service won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He received the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, for his outstanding service and accomplishments spanning his career in journalism.


The first editor of USA Today, Curley was a member of Gannett's Board of Directors from 1983 until his retirement. He is a 1960 graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.


Married Ann Conser; 2 children.

Ann Conser