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George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Richard Scudder, right, and Dean Singleton meet with Salt Lake Tribune employees in July 2002.
Remembering Dick Scudder ...

To paraphrase Master Yoda: If 99 years you reach, do as much you will not.

- Richard B. Scudder: Pioneering newsman of many parts - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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Richard B. Scudder’s presence in a newsroom was impossible to miss. So was his boyish enthusiasm for all of the many details and decisions, large and small, that go into putting out a daily newspaper. Not just any paper, mind you, but one that reflected his belief that the role of a newspaper, its only role, is to serve the community.

It was a message he relished delivering in person at the papers owned by MediaNews Group, the corporation he co-founded with William Dean Singleton in 1985 and built into the nation’s second-largest newspaper company by circulation.

It was an unlikely pairing. Scudder was 72 at the time; Singleton was 38 years younger. Scudder, scion of a newspaper owner, was born into wealth and a place on the social register. Singleton grew up poor on a West Texas ranch. But the two shared an intense love for newspapers, the common denominator for a dynamic partnership that ended Wednesday with Scudder’s death at the age of 99. He had served as chairman of MediaNews Group until 2009.

In a 1992 column for The Denver Post, Scudder described the pair’s shared vision: "To us, it means that a newspaper must achieve absolute integrity. It must subordinate its narrow interests to those of the community. It must have compassion. It must be objective and fair, and it must have the determination and ability to genuinely serve its area. It must have judgment. It must listen." [Read the rest ...]

- Richard B. Scudder, 99 - Denver Post Editorial

As you read the obituaries for Richard B. Scudder, who purchased this newspaper with William Dean Singleton in 1987 and died Wednesday at 99, you might well find yourself asking the question, So what didn't this remarkable man do well? ...

- Late Newark Evening News publisher Richard B. Scudder remembered as 'newsman's newsman' - Newark Star-Ledger

... Richard Scudder worked as a reporter for the Boston Herald before joining the Evening News as a reporter in 1938. He took over as publisher in 1952.

Mr. Scudder sold the Evening News in 1970, Singleton said, and the successor company, Media General, closed the landmark paper in 1972. ...

- Newspaper pioneer, N.J. native dies at 99 - Asbury Park Press

- Richard Scudder, Newspaperman, Dead at 99 - Forbes

Richard Scudder was the longtime partner of Dean Singleton in Media News Group and its efforts to make money in the twilight of print journalism. They were controversial in the business for scrimping on resources at some papers even as they poured them into others, such as the Denver Post. Now the senior of the two, a longtime New Jerseyan, has died even as the print medium itself looks ever more mortal. ...

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