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Michael Gartner

Michael Gartner is an author, journalist, lawyer, businessman, and third generation newspaperman. In 1997, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorials about community issues that he wrote for the Daily Tribune, Ames Iowa.

Over his long career in journalism Gartner has served a variety of roles in the news media field:

  • Wall Street Journal-Copy Editor and Page One Editor, 1960-1974
  • Des Moines Register- Executive Editor and President, 1974-1985
  • Gannett Company and the USA Today -General News Executive, 1985-1986
  • Louisville Courier-Journal and Times- Editor, 1986-1987
  • NBC News- President, 1988-1993
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors - President, 1988-1993
  • The Daily Tribune, Ames, Iowa- Chairman, Editor, 1993-1999
  • Big Green Umbrella Media, (formerly Greater Des Moines Publishing Co); publisher of Cityview, an alternative weekly newspaper in Des Moines, Iowa), co-owner, 2003-present 

Gartner was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1938. He received his BA. from Carleton College and J.D. from the New York University School of Law. He served as a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He holds honorary degrees from Simpson College, Drake University, Grandview College, Iowa Wesleyan University and James Madison University in Virginia.


Articles by this Author

Americans don’t hesitate to say anything they please about a public performance. But the right to do so wasn’t established until the Cherry Sisters sued a critic who didn’t like their appalling vaudeville act.
… is today’s newspaper. Here the executive editor of the Washington ‘Post’ takes us on a spirited dash through the minefields that await reporters and editors who gather and disseminate a most valuable commodity.