Former Tallahassee Democrat Publisher Gus Harwell Dies at 85

by: Gerald Ensley | Tallahassee Democrat

Former Tallahassee Democrat publisher Gus Harwell, a warm-hearted newsman and mentor, died Friday in Port Orange.

 

Harwell, 85, was publisher from 1973 to 1981 — becoming the first person to hold the title of publisher in the corporate era. He came to the Democrat as general manager; in 1978 the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain reverted to the traditional terminology of publisher for the executive who oversees all company operations.

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