Jerry Ceppos, former Knight Ridder editor, LSU dean, dies


Jerry Ceppos, a distinguished editor and educator, died Friday following an illness. He was 75.

Ceppos was the one-time vice president of news at Knight Ridder and the executive editor and senior vice president of The San Jose Mercury News. Ceppos also made his mark in journalism education. He was the dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and was named dean of Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication in 2011.

According to reports, his wife, Karen Ceppos, said her husband died of sepsis following a serious infection.

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