Jerry Ceppos Exiting Knight Ridder

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By: E&P Staff

Jerry Ceppos, vice president/news, has elected to take early retirement, effective Aug. 31, Knight Ridder announced this afternoon.

Ceppos, 58, has been in his current job since 1999. From 1995 until 1999, he was executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News. Prior to that, he had spent 23 years in various news positions at The Miami Herald and the Mercury News.

?I have been thinking about this move for some time,” Ceppos said in a statement. “I have talked it over with my family, and we have decided to take the plunge. I would like to devote more time to aspects of journalism that I care about most ? journalistic ethics, education and overall improvement ? and I might like to do some of it in academic settings as well as newsrooms. I may also, finally, try to plant the backyard vineyard in Saratoga that I have talked about for 18 years …?

Art Brisbane, Knight Ridder senior vice president, said in a statement, ?Many people are going to miss Jerry a lot. In his corporate role, he has been a wise counselor to any number of Knight Ridder editors on many issues: ethical, community, organizational….He has also pushed to help our editorial pages find common philosophical ground with the communities they serve.?

In the same statement, Knight Ridder CEO Tony Ridder, said, ?I have worked with Jerry for the greater part of the past 24 years, and I will always be grateful for his contributions to the better practice of journalism in our company. The concept of the ?master narrative? as a driving theme for local newspapers? coverage in their communities is Jerry?s.”

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