(AP) David E. Easterly, vice chairman of Cox Enterprises Inc. and a former publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said Tuesday he is retiring after 32 years at the company.
Easterly, 59, will continue working as a consultant for the Atlanta-based media company and remain vice chairman of Cox Enterprises’ board and a member of the boards of Cox’s radio and newspaper divisions.
G. Dennis Berry, Cox Enterprises’ president and chief operating officer, has assumed Easterly’s duties.
This week, Easterly said he plans to help teach a business course at Morehouse College. Also, “I have a pitiful golf game I hope to improve and I will try to find as many fish to catch as I possibly can,” he said.
Easterly served as a member of The Associated Press board for nine years, departing in 2001.
He joined Cox’s headquarters staff in 1981 as vice president of operations for Cox Newspapers and was named publisher of the Journal-Constitution, the company’s flagship newspaper, in 1984. He was named president of Cox Newspapers in 1986 and president of its parent, Cox Enterprises, in 1994. He became vice chairman in 2000.
Easterly began his career as a reporter at the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News in 1970.