Former Easton ‘Express’ Publisher Hal Neitzel Dead at 82

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By: E&P Staff

Hal B. Neitzel, publisher of The Express, Easton, Pa., throughout the 1980s, when it added a Sunday edition and converted from afternoon to morning publication, died Aug. 31. He was 82, lived just outside Easton, and had been in declining health.

Under Neitzel, the paper that today is The Express-Times changed from local ownership to group ownership under Thompson Newspapers. The newspaper is now a part of a New Jersey-Pennsylvania group of papers published by Advance Publications, headquartered nearby.

“He was passionate about the people who worked there,” his wife, Jan, told the the Express-Times. “That’s where his loyalty was. The [ownership] transition wasn’t an easy time for the people there, and his concern was for the employees of The Express.”

Originally from Dallas, Neitzel started his career at the Dallas Times Herald. He also worked for a thrice-weekly Texas paper and the Cincinnati Enquirer. An appreciation published the Sept. 3 Express-Times recalled that Neitzel also worked to keep the American Newspaper Publishers Association’s Research Institute in Easton – a battle lost to those who wanted it moved to ANPA’s Virginia headquarters.

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