Harry Moskos retiring as editor of The Knoxville News-Sentinel

Mon, August 06, 2001 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Veteran newsman Harry Moskos, capping a 50-year career in journalism, will retire as vice president and editor of The Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel effective Oct. 31. The News-Sentinel is owned and operated by The E. W. Scripps Company.Moskos, who will be 65 on Oct. 8, is retiring in compliance with a long-standing mandatory retirement policy established by Scripps for its senior executives. He ends an association with Scripps newspapers that began in 1953 at The Albuquerque Tribune. Moskos was still in high school when The Tribune hired him to work as a wire service telephoto operator. During his career, he’s served as editor of three newspapers - two of them owned by Scripps. Moskos has been editor of the News-Sentinel since 1984. His successor will be named later.“I’ve had an interesting and rewarding career that’s been enriched by my association with Scripps and the 17 years I’ve spent at the News-Sentinel,” said Moskos. “The News-Sentinel, thanks to the efforts of a remarkable staff of professional journalists, continues to distinguish itself as one of the region’s most respected newspapers. It’s been my privilege to serve as editor.”Bruce Hartmann, president and publisher of the News-Sentinel, said, “From developing News-Sentinel charities to his commitment for open public records in the state of Tennessee, Harry’s influence and effectiveness in the Knoxville community is unsurpassed. Everyone at the News-Sentinel has benefited from Harry’s leadership, personality and integrity. Personally, I will miss his guidance and friendship.”Kenneth W. Lowe, president and chief executive officer of Scripps, spent seven years in Knoxville as president of Scripps Networks, the company’s cable television network division. While there, he said, “I had the opportunity to observe first hand what a powerful force Harry’s leadership was, not just in the newsroom, but also in the community. There was no doubt that the News-Sentinel played a vital role as a forum for ideas and the leading source of news and information for Knoxville and East Tennessee.”Alan M. Horton, senior vice president of newspapers for Scripps, said, “Harry has been a Scripps editor or managing editor for an incredible 29 years, and he hasn’t let up one bit. He’s as creative, energetic and passionate about news and his community as ever. If we believed in cloning, I’d want a dozen just like him.”Before serving as editor of the News-Sentinel, Moskos was editor of the El Paso (Texas) Herald-Post, also a Scripps newspaper. Earlier in his career he served as editor of the Daily Beacon, a five-day-a-week afternoon newspaper in Grants, N.M., about 70 miles west of Albuquerque.In 1960, Moskos joined The Associated Press in Albuquerque and was named state editor (second in command) for New Mexico in 1961. In 1963, he was promoted to bureau chief for The Associated Press in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the age of 26, he was the youngest bureau chief AP had ever named.Moskos returned to Scripps and The Albuquerque Tribune as city editor in 1969 and three years later was named managing editor. He held that position until he was named editor in El Paso on April 1, 1981.A graduate of the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, Moskos also had a distinguished career as a reporter that included coverage for the Associated Press of French nuclear weapon tests off Mururoa Atol in the South Pacific in 1966. In 1968, he was the only print reporter to cover the return from North Korean captivity of the crew of the U.S.S. Pueblo at Midway.The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks and interactive media. Scripps operates 21 daily newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations and three cable television networks, with plans to launch a fourth.Scripps national television network brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, Do It Yourself and Fine Living, due to launch in early 2002.The company also operates Scripps Howard News Service, United Media, the worldwide licensing and syndication home of PEANUTS and DILBERT, and 31 Web sites, including hgtv.com, foodtv.com, diynet.com and comics.com.

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