By: E&P Staff
The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. reported today that the paper?s president and publisher announced his resignation. Patrick McHugh was publisher of the Times Leader since 1999; he will stay on at the Times Leader until July 28, at which point former Times Leader publisher Rich Connor will take over. The Times Leader was one of the many papers sold by Knight Ridder to the McClatchy Co., which is in the process of reselling the paper to Connor and other investors.
Before becoming the Times Leader publisher in March 1999, McHugh served as the senior vice president of circulation and operations for Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. His experience in the newspaper industry dates back to his high school years when, as a senior classman, he worked at The Miami Herald. McHugh stayed at the Herald for 16 years before being drafted by the Army in 1972. After serving his duty in Europe for 18 months, he returned to the States.
In 1986, McHugh was named director of operations for the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Newspapers. After four years at Fort Wayne, he accepted the position of vice president of production for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal.
The Times Leader reported that McHugh comes from a newspaper family; his father was a photographer for the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News, while his mother worked for the administration of The Miami Herald.