Life-long Scripps newspaper executive to be president, publisher in Evansville

Fri, June 25, 2004 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Jack D. Pate, a life-long Scripps newspaper executive with 25 years experience in management, marketing and advertising sales, has been named president and publisher of the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press, effective July 1.Pate, 45, is returning to Evansville after serving four years as president and publisher of the San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times. He previously was director of sales and marketing at the Courier & Press. Pate succeeds Vince Vawter, who earlier this month was named publisher of special projects at the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel. The Courier & Press, Standard-Times and News Sentinel are owned and operated by The E. W. Scripps Company.“Jack’s enthusiasm, knowledge and love of the Evansville market, and his creative ideas will help the Courier & Press better serve readers and advertisers,” said Alan M. Horton, senior vice president/newspapers for Scripps. “He will build on a great tradition of excellence. Last year, the Courier & Press was named Indiana’s blue ribbon newspaper.” Pate began is 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.He was named classified advertising manager in Evansville in 1989 and promoted to advertising director four years later. He was named director of sales and marketing for the Courier & Press in 1998. 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 is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks, interactive media and television retailing. Scripps operates 21 daily newspapers, 15 broadcast TV stations, four cable and satellite television programming networks and a television retailing network. All of the company’s media businesses provide content and advertising services via the Internet.Scripps Networks brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY -- Do It Yourself Network and Fine Living. HGTV reaches about 85 million U.S. television households and Food Network can be seen in about 84 million households. Scripps Networks Web sites include,, and Scripps Networks programming can be seen in 86 countries. The company’s television retailing subsidiary, Shop At Home Network, markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers and visitors to the Shop At Home Web site, Shop At Home reaches about 49 million full-time equivalent U.S. households, including 5 million households via five Scripps owned, Shop At Home affiliated broadcast television stations.Scripps also operates Scripps Howard News Service and United Media, which is the worldwide licensing and syndication home of PEANUTS and DILBERT.

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