John Curley 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, which launched in 1982. Curley was head of the Gannett News Service when it won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. At Gannett, he also served as an editor at the Rochester (N.Y.) Times-Union; editor and later publisher of the Courier-News in Bridgewater, N.J.; and 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 in journalism to AAJA’s annual national convention.