Dec. 26: Avista's Harte has long newspaper history

  • February 16, 2007 - 9:48 AM

Chris Harte has ink in his blood.

His father and grandfather were newspaper executives, and Chris Harte has been a publisher for Knight Ridder in Akron, Ohio, and State College, Pa.

Harte was president of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram from 1992 through 1994. He was publisher of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Penn., from 1986 through 1989, and also served as publisher at the Akron Beacon Journal from 1989 through 1992. He was an executive with Knight Ridder newspaper chain in 1985-86, and with the Miami Herald from 1983 through 1985.

Harte, 59, has a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. He lives in Austin, Texas. As the Star Tribune's chairman, he said, he's looking to ensure that Minnesota's biggest newspaper remains a leader.

"I certainly am in this because I love this industry," Harte said Tuesday in Minneapolis. "I love the power of a newspaper to do good things for its community."

James (Jimmy) Finkelstein, 58, is a veteran in publishing and communications. He is former chairman of DLJMB Global Media Partners. He served for 19 years as CEO and president of the National Law Publishing Co., now American Law Media. He is president of Marquis Who's Who and executive chairman of the Thompson Publishing Group.

OhSang Kwon, 38, a partner in Avista Capital Holdings, has specialized in investments in the energy and media sectors. From February 2000 through June 2005 he was partner, principal and vice president of DLJ Merchant Banking.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, holds a degree from Columbia Law School and served as clerk for a federal judge in New York in the 1990s. He joined DLJ Banking in 1997 and DLJMB in 2000. He became vice president of DLJ Securities Corp. in 2000.

"It's a good market," he said of the Twin Cities. "And this is a good time to be buying newspapers."


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