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From AJR,   November 2001

Knight Ridder Shuffle II   

Lou Heldman, publisher of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, is chosen as publisher of the Wichita Eagle after Peter Pitz announces his retirement.

By Kathryn S. Wenner
Kathryn S. Wenner, a former AJR associate editor, is a copy editor at the Washington Post.     


New Year's Day will bring a new publisher to the Wichita Eagle, as Lou Heldman picks up where retiring Publisher Peter Pitz leaves off December 31. Heldman, who started his career with Knight Ridder almost 30 years ago as a Detroit Free Press reporter, has been publisher of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, since 1996. "Everybody who's ever lived [in Wichita] has said wonderful things about [the city], especially for those with children," says Heldman, 52 and the father of two. "So it was a chance to be in another really good city...at a considerably larger newspaper." Pitz, who turned 60 in September, says he'd been thinking about doing community service work later in life and realized it was time. He landed his first job with Knight Ridder as director of operations at the Detroit Free Press in 1983.

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