Pate named publisher of San Angelo Standard-Times

Wed, March 15, 2000 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Jack D. Pate, director of sales and marketing for the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press, has been named president and publisher of the San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times, effective April 1.Pate, 40, replaces Kevin J. Barry who left the Standard-Times in February. The Standard-Times and the Evansville Courier & Press are both owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company.“We’re delighted to have someone with Jack’s creativity, warm personality and thorough knowledge of the newspaper business to take the helm at the Standard-Times,” said Alan M. Horton, senior vice president of newspapers for Scripps. “We believe he will make a strong newspaper even stronger.”Stephen W. Sullivan, vice president of newspapers who oversees the Scripps newspapers in Texas, said, “Jack has demonstrated in Evansville his ability to build teams through his leadership skills. He’s one of the most creative newspaper executives at Scripps and we’re confident his talents will lend themselves well to building on the solid foundation of the Standard-Times, which has a deep tradition in West Texas.”Pate has been director of sales and marketing for the Evansville Courier & Press since May 1998. Prior to that, he served as the newspaper’s advertising director from 1993-98, and classified advertising manager from 1989-93.Pate began his career with Scripps in 1979 at The Pittsburgh Press as a customer service representative in the circulation department, and then as an intern in the newspaper’s retail advertising department. In 1982, he transferred to The Hollywood (Fla.) Sun Tattler, where he worked for two years in retail and classified advertising sales and management before being promoted to circulation sales manager.“The San Angelo Standard-Times is a great newspaper in a great community, and my family and I are thrilled at the opportunity of becoming a part of both,” Pate said. “While we’ve put down deep roots in Evansville that will be difficult to pull up, the chance to become publisher of such a widely respected newspaper as the Standard-Times is one that I simply can’t pass up.”Pate is a 1982 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications media, with a concentration in general business. He also has attended Northwestern University’s advanced executive program and the executive development program of the American Press Institute.The E.W. Scripps Company operates 19 daily newspapers; 10 broadcast television stations; three TV networks, Home & Garden Television, the Food Network and Do It Yourself; and a TV programmer, Scripps Productions. The company also operates United Media, a worldwide syndicator and licensor of news features and comics; the Scripps Howard News Service; and publishes independent Yellow Pages directories. Scripps operates 31 revenue-producing Web sites, including hgtv.com, foodtv.com, diynet.com and comics.com.