FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Longtime publisher of The Journal Gazette Richard Inskeep has died, the paper announced Wednesday.
Inskeep, 89, died after a period of declining health.
Born in Bluffton, Inskeep joined The Journal Gazette in 1949; and ultimately assuming the publisher position in 1973. He is credited by The Journal Gazette for keeping a second newspaper in Fort Wayne by negotiating a new joint operating agreement between between The Journal Gazette and The News-Sentinel that gave the JG more power in operations.
Inskeep was appointed an Indiana University trustee in the 1980s, and would later establish the Journal Gazette Foundation, which provides health care and other social services to the larger community, in 1986.
He was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1992.
"Richard Inskeep was a talented and committed journalist who cared deeply for Allen County, Fort Wayne and the northeast Indiana communities his newspaper covered," the Allen County Commissioners said in a joint statement Wednesday. "His paper never shied away from taking positions on a variety of local and state issues and he would steadfastly lead the defense of the paper's opinions."
It's a sad day at The Journal Gazette as we mourn the passing of our longtime publisher Richard Inskeep. http://t.co/Zi3iIxen5K— The Journal Gazette (@JGfortwayne) January 8, 2014
Inskeep is survived by his wife Harriett--whom he married in 1949--and four children: Julie, Joe, Tom and Steve. Julie Inskeep now serves as publisher of The Journal Gazette.
Funeral services have not been announced.
Information about Richard Inskeep comes from The Journal Gazette's article, which can be read here.
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