Knight Foundation’s Senior Communications Officer to Retire

By: Joe Strupp

Senior Communications Officer Larry Meyer, described as “a national leader in strategic communications for U.S. foundations,” will retire Feb. 1 after 14 years as a communications executive and officer with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, according to an announcement.

“In a time of profound changes in media, Bud Meyer helped make sure that Knight stayed true to the timeless journalism values we inherited from our founders, the Knight brothers” Alberto Ibarg?en, the foundation’s President and CEO, said in a statement. “He deserves credit for strategic advances, such as building communications into Knight Foundation’s grant-making process, and for innovations, such as employing reporters to evaluate grantees, and
creating Knight’s first Web site.”

Meyer joined the Knight Foundation in November 1995 as director of communications. He later served as vice president of communications in 2002, and vice president and secretary in 2004. “He supervised the foundation’s communications department, media and public relations efforts, publications and web sites.”

Prior to work at Knight, Meyer was at The Miami Herald from 1981 to 1995, serving as executive assistant to the publisher his last four years. He also worked as a reporter and editor at The Fort Myers News-Press, The Columbia Missourian and the Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post.

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