Al Neuharth

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Al Neuharth (1999)

Allen H. "Al" Neuharth (born March 22, 1924 in Eureka , South Dakota , † April 19, 2013 in Cocoa Beach , Florida ) was an American businessman, author and columnist.


Neuharth served in the US Army when he was nineteen. After World War II he studied at the University of South Dakota . In 1952 he founded the sports newspaper SoDak Sports , but it soon went bankrupt. He then worked for various newspaper publishers.

On behalf of the media group Gannett , he founded USA Today on September 15, 1982, the first national daily newspaper in the USA. He retired in 1989 after making Gannett the largest newspaper publisher in the United States.

In December 2004, he caused a stir when his column called for US troops to be withdrawn from Iraq and compared the occupation with the Vietnam War .

Neuharth died in 2013 at the age of 89 as a result of a fall.


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  1. ^ Founder of "USA Today": Media visionary Al Neuharth is dead. In: Spiegel Online . April 20, 2013, accessed April 3, 2019 .