Knight Ridder Shuffle I
Harold Higgins leaves the publisher's post at the Tribune in San Luis
Obispo, California, to become publisher of the St. Paul Pioneer Press,
where he once worked as a reporter.
By Kathryn S. Wenner
A former reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press gets his wish and comes
back as publisher. Harold Higgins, 51, for the past three years
publisher of the Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California, says he's had
his "heart set on St. Paul" for a long time, and he let it be known at
Knight Ridder, parent company of his old and new papers. Higgins first
joined the Pioneer Press in 1976 as a reporter and had worked as
business, city and sports editor by the time he left in 1986 to become
editor of Knight Ridder's Aberdeen American News in South Dakota. A man
who enjoys challenges (he plays the Highland bagpipes, "an exceedingly
difficult instrument," to recharge after a long day), Higgins says his
toughest task will be to help the staff succeed against its Twin Cities
rival, Minneapolis' larger Star Tribune. Replacing Higgins as publisher
of the Tribune is Par Ridder, 33, the paper's advertising director--and
son of Knight Ridder Chairman Tony Ridder.
Kathryn S. Wenner, a former AJR associate editor, is a copy editor at
the Washington Post.