Born September 6, 1935 in Evansville, Indiana.
Graduated 1957 from Marquette University, Milwaukee, magna cum laude in Journalism. Editor of college paper. Named outstanding graduate in Journalism by Sigma Delta Chi.
Began at The Evansville Press in May 1951 as part-time sports reporter. Covered sports while attending high school. During college, worked summers in most departments of The Press. Following graduation and U.S. Infantry service, returned to The Press as a general assignment reporter specializing in education and labor. Covered early school integration conflicts in the South in the late 1950s. Became paper's first urban affairs reporter. Covered Indiana legislature. Promoted to assistant city editor in 1960, to city editor in 1962, to managing editor in 1969, and to editor and president in 1975. Also corporate secretary of the Evansville Printing Corporation. Named editor of The Cincinnati Post on July 1, 1977. Became Vice President and General Editorial Manager of Scripps Howard on January 1, 1984. Was named Senior Vice President/ Newspapers & Publishing on September 1, 1986. Was named Executive Vice President on March 8, 1990. Named Chief Operating Officer May 17, 1994. Named President and COO August 18, 1994. Named CEO May 23, 1996. Named Chairman of the Board May 20, 1999. Retired as CEO September 2000.
- Director, The Associated Press (1989-98); Vice Chairman (1997-98)
- Chairman, American Press Institute (1995-98)
- President, American Society of Newspaper Editors Foundation (1987-94)
- President of Leadership Evansville (1977)
- Chairman of Leadership Cincinnati (1979-81)
- Founding trustee, First Amendment Congress (1979-81)
- American Society of Newspaper Editors, Member of Press/Bar Committee, 1978-80; chairman,
Press/Bar Committee, 1980-81; chairman, Nominations Committee, 1984-85; vice-chairman,
Freedom of Information Committee, 1985; chairman, Freedom of Information Committee, 1986.
- Co-editor, "Free Press & Fair Trial," ASNE/ANPA, 1982
- Pulitzer Prize juror, 1983, 1984, 1992 and 1993
- Chairman Emeritus, Good Samaritan Hospital
Past-chair, Board of Trustees, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce
Past-chair, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
- Director, Ohio National Financial Services, Inc.
- Co-Chairman, Metropolitan Growth Alliance Former Chair, "Angel" Board, Greater Cincinnati Technology Initiative
- Member of All Saints Catholic Church, Walton KY
- Former Treasurer, American Association of the Knights of Malta; member of Legatus and Vice-Chairman; Director, Hebrew Union College Ethics Center; Co-Leader of Jubilee Year 2000 Order of
Malta pilgrimage to Lourdes.
- Member of American Society of Newspaper Editors, Alpha Sigma Nu national honorary,
The Literary Club of Cincinnati, Queen City Club, Commercial Club, Cincinnati Country
Club, University Club, Legatus and Knights of Malta
Winner of the 1973 By-Line Award given to Marquette University alumni who have distinguished
themselves in communications.
Recognized by the Hoosier State Press Association for editorial writing, 1972, 1973. Winner, 1977,
Press Club of Evansville award for best editorial writing. Winner, 1977, Indiana UPI citation for
distinguished editorial writing.
Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Southern Indiana, 1979; Cincinnati State, 1997.
1996 Brotherhood Award - National Conference of Christians and Jews. American Jewish
Committee, Human Relations Award, 2000.
Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame, 1996. Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame, 1998.
Anvil of Freedom Award, University of Denver, 2000. Isaiah Thomas Award, Rochester Institute of
Technology, 2000. Alumnus of the Year - Marquette University, 1998.
Wife, Anne Husted Burleigh, is an author. They have three children: David, an attorney; Sr. Anne Catherine, O.P., a Dominican nun; Margaret, a teacher; and four grandchildren. Lives on his farm at Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.