‘Miami Herald, ‘ ‘Detroit Free Press’ Publisher David Lawrence Inducted into Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame

By: The Associated Press

David Lawrence, former publisher of The Miami Herald, is now a member of the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Lawrence was inducted Friday during the annual Florida Society of News Editors/Florida Press Association convention.

He was the publisher of The Herald from 1989 until 1999. The newspaper won five Pulitzer prizes during that time.

Lawrence was previously the publisher and executive editor of the Detroit Free Press. He also was the editor of the Charlotte Observer and worked as a reporter or editor at four other newspapers, including the St. Petersburg Times and The Palm Beach Post.

Former Herald publisher Alberto Ibarguen said Lawrence “believed that a newspaper is central to a democratic society and he worked tirelessly for the right of free expression everywhere.”

Lawrence is now president of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, a Miami-Dade County organization that seeks to make affordable preschool education and health care available to children before they begin first grade.

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