Gary Pruitt became President and CEO of The Associated Press in July 2012 after serving as a member of AP’s Board of Directors since 2003. Headquartered in New York City, AP is one of the largest and most trusted news organizations in the world.
Prior to joining AP, Gary was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The McClatchy Company. Headquartered in Sacramento, California, McClatchy is a leading news and information provider, offering a wide array of print and digital products in markets ranging from Anchorage, Alaska, to Miami, Florida.
Pruitt is a former chairman of the Newspaper Association of America, a former chairman of the James Irvine Foundation and a former member of the Advisory Board of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. He has served on various other committees and boards for industry, community, business, philanthropic and educational organizations.
Pruitt received a BA from the University of Florida, a JD from Berkeley Law and an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy. He was GSPP’s Alumnus of the year in 2007.