Journal Gazette Publisher Richard Inskeep Dead at 89

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Richard Inskeep has died. The longtime publisher of the Journal-Gazette died this morning. He was 89.

According to the newspaper, he worked his way up through the newsroom to the top spot with the morning paper.

JG Editor Craig Klugman said Inskeep was a fighter for freedom of the press, but also was committed to fairness of the press. 

He was honored First Freedom Award by the Hoosier State Press Association in 1996. An award that recognized his commitment to freedom of information and expression.

Inskeep, who retired in 1997, was elected to Indiana's Journalism Hall of Fame. He remained active in the community has as a member of numerous community boards and groups. He also is remembered for an early leader in local civil rights.

Tributes for Inskeep

From the Allen County Board of Commissioners:

“Richard Inskeep was a talented and committed journalist who cared deeply for Allen County, Fort Wayne and the northeast Indiana communities his newspaper covered. His paper never shied away from taking positions on a variety of local and state issues and he would steadfastly lead the defense of the paper’s opinions.

He left his mark on his profession in this state with the establishment of various scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

He will also be remembered for creation of the Journal Gazette Foundation and his community involvement and activity on boards and organizations, including the Memorial Coliseum board of trustees.

Our prayers and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends during this time of loss.”