Pieratt named director of technology for Scripps newspapers

Tue, August 26, 1997 by Tim King

Cincinnati, Ohio – The E.W. Scripps Company announced today that Edward E. Pieratt, an associate professor at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and a longtime consultant to Scripps Howard newspapers, has joined the Company’s corporate newspaper staff as director of technology.In his new position, Pieratt advises Scripps newspapers on the selection and implementation of new technology for pagination, electronic archives/libraries, and totalizer systems and databases. "Ed Pieratt’s academic and real-world experience will help our newspapers choose the right people, systems and training," said Alan M. Horton, Scripps senior vice president for newspapers. "He also will help our newspapers get up to speed on the information superhighway."Prior to joining Scripps, Pieratt taught for 15 years at Ohio University. His courses have covered topics ranging from photojournalism and photo illustration to multimedia production. In addition to on-site consulting at nine Scripps newspapers, he has taken leaves of absence from his teaching duties to serve as assistant managing editor/graphics of two Scripps dailies, The Knoxville News-Sentinel and The Sun of Bremerton, Wash. While at Ohio University, Pieratt co-founded the company that developed the first color separation system for Macintosh computers. The system was licensed and has since been sold to an international buyer.Before he began teaching, Pieratt served as deputy editor of photography and graphics at New York’s TRIB magazine, and as New York staff photographer for the Christian Science Monitor. In addition to his guest lecturing and participation in workshops, Pieratt has produced videos and multimedia slide and compact disc shows.He performed post-graduate work at New York’s New School for Social Research before receiving his master’s degree in mass communications from Ohio University.Pieratt and his wife, Laura, reside in Ft. Thomas, Ky., with their 7-month-old twin boys.The E.W. Scripps Company operates 17 daily newspapers; nine television systems; cable systems with 749,000 subscribers; two television production companies – Los Angeles-based Scripps Howard Productions and Knoxville’s Cinetel Productions; a 24-hour cable channel, Home & Garden Television; and United Media, a licensor and syndicator of news features and comics, including "Peanuts."