July 11, 2002
McQuern to Retire As Publisher, Editor, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Press-Enterprise
RIVERSIDE, CA - Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that Marcia McQuern, publisher, editor, president and chief executive officer of The Press-Enterprise, will retire effective October 1, 2002.
Following her retirement, McQuern will continue to serve as an advisor and consultant to The Press-Enterprise.
"Marcia's association with The Press-Enterprise covers three decades. Her many contributions to both The Press-Enterprise and to the newspaper industry in California will be felt for many years to come," said Donald F. "Skip" Cass, Belo's senior vice
president and Southwest group head. "During her years of leadership, both the quality and operations of The Press-Enterprise have flourished making this newspaper one of the best in the region."
Throughout her 30-year career with The Press-Enterprise, McQuern has held the roles of executive editor, managing editor/News, deputy managing editor/News, and city editor in addition to numerous reporting positions. She was named president of The Press-Enterprise in 1992, and was later named publisher and editor in
1994. Since that time, the newspaper's
daily circulation has grown from 116,000 to more than 185,000. In addition to the daily newspaper, The Press-Enterprise's operations also include La Prensa, a weekly
Spanish-language publication; The Business Press, a regional business weekly; six weekly community newspapers; and SoCal Commercial Printing.
McQuern, 59, also has held management and editorial positions with The San Diego
Union and The Sacramento Bee.
Said McQuern: "I've been privileged to work with great people, see the company prosper
and watch the paper grow in size, quality and reach. It will be difficult to leave the place I've spent most of my professional career, which started in 1963 as a college intern here at The Press-Enterprise. I've thoroughly enjoyed my journalism career,
but it's time to move on to a new adventure."
McQuern is active in industry and civic affairs. She is currently a member of the board of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, including serving as its president in the past year. McQuern also
serves on the board of the Riverside Community College Foundation; the
University of California, Riverside (UCR) Foundation; the Mt. San Jacinto
College Foundation; the Inland Empire Economic Partnership; and the Community
Foundation for The Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology. She is also a member of Riverside's Monday
Morning Group, The Murrieta-Temecula Group and on the board of visitors for
UCR's College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. She has also served as a
member of the boards of the American Society of Newspaper Editors; California Society of Newspaper Editors; the California Press Association; the University of California, Santa Barbara, Alumni Association; and of the editorial board of California Lawyer Magazine. McQuern has also served as a Pulitzer Prize juror.
McQuern has been honored by the University of California, Santa Barbara as its Distinguished Alumni Award recipient in 2002; inducted into the UCR Women's
Hall of Fame in 1998; recognized as the California Press Association's Newspaper Executive of the Year in 2000; and honored as the Riverside YWCA Woman of Achievement (Athena Award) in 1994.
McQuern holds a Master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of
Journalism and a Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of
California, Santa Barbara, where she was editor of the student newspaper.
About The Press-Enterprise Co.
The Press-Enterprise Co., a Riverside, CA-based subsidiary of Belo, publishes a
185,000 circulation daily newspaper; six weekly community newspapers; The
Business Press, a weekly covering business news in the Inland Empire; La
Prensa, a weekly Spanish-language newspaper; and the advertising
publications Inland Empire HomeSeller, Inland Empire AutoSeller, Inland
Empire Employment, and Savings Express. It also owns SoCal Commercial Printing.
Belo Corp., based in Dallas, is one of the nation's largest media companies with a
diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and
interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000
company with approximately 7,800 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 16 markets) reaching 13.9 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates six cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing
agreement. Belo publishes four daily
newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include 34 Web sites, several interactive alliances, and a
broad range of Internet-based products.
Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com. For more information, contact Scott Baradell,vice president/Corporate Communications, at 214-977-2067.