Knight Ridder Makes ‘Fortune’ Minority List

By: Jennifer Saba

Tony Ridder’s commitment to diversity continues to gain steam as Fortune magazine ranked Knight Ridder No. 30 in its “50 Best Companies for Minorities” June 28 issue.

“Success in the information business requires a work force that is in touch with all the voices and experiences that shape America. Diversity within our ranks is so clearly the right thing to do that argument to the contrary goes nowhere,” said Knight Ridder Chairman and CEO Tony Ridder in a statement. “Our commitment to diversity is longstanding, unshakable and well documented. Even with such achievements, we know this work is not complete, and we have no intention of slowing our efforts.”

Forty-one percent of Knight Ridder’s work force is female and more than 29% are minorities. That number has dipped slightly from 2003, when 53% of workers were women and 30% were minority. But the company points out that they have “more than doubled the number of minorities in top editor jobs since 2002.”

According to Knight Ridder, this is the company’s third time to make Fortune’s list.

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