Remembering John C. Quinn

John C. Quinn

John C. Quinn, 1925-2017

The Newseum and the Newseum Institute today mourn the loss of John C. Quinn, a distinguished journalist, former deputy chairman of the Freedom Forum – a role in which he helped guide plans for the Newseum – and co-founder of the Chips Quinn Scholars diversity in journalism program of the Newseum Institute. He died Tuesday, July 11, at the age of 91. Quinn was a founding editor of USA TODAY and served as its editor-in-chief, was president of Gannett News Service, and was Vice President/News for Gannett Co, Inc., when he retired in 1990. He also served terms as president of two journalism associations, the Associated Press Managing Editors and of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

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