John Curley, now retired, still teaches a few journalism classes as a visiting professor at Penn State University’s College of Communications. He is the former president, chairman and CEO of the Gannett Company, from where he retired in January 2001 after more than 30 years. He was the first editor of USA Today, when it launched in 1982. Curley was head of the Gannett News Service, during which time it won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. At Gannett, he also served as an editor at the Rochester (N.Y.) Times Union; as editor and later publisher of the Courier-News in Bridgewater, N.J.; and later as publisher of the News Journal in Wilmington, Del.
In May 1996, he was selected as chairman of the Newspaper Association of America. Curley has been a generous supporter of the Philadelphia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. The chapter’s John Curley Scholarship Fund helps to send one student or a young professional still trying to get a foothold in the journalism field to the annual AAJA convention.