David Newhouse, who as editor directed the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., For the Pulitzer Prize, breaking the story that required Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to sexually abuse and shoot at young boys Was blamed for Paterno, a one-time school favorite football coach who died in a hospital in Hannover on Wednesday, was NH 65 years old.
The reason for this was complications of leukemia, his brother Mark said.
Mr. Newhouse is a member of the powerful publishing family, whose best-known media holding is Condé Nast The magazine division led a modest central Pennsylvania outpost in the Newhouse Empire.
But his small town daily garnered national attention in March 2011 when a staff writer, Sarah Gnim, reported that Mr. Sandusky was being investigated by a grand jury, alleging that he was “a teenager Had indecency with the boy. ” The scandal aired in November, when Mr. Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period.
The first article in 2012 and nine others were cited by the Pulitzer board as “boldly revealing and covering up the explosive Penn State sex scandal.”
Ms. Ganeem said Mr. Newhouse had encouraged her from the start to pursue the story, even covering police beatings in Harrisburg for about 90 minutes from Penn State’s campus.
“That was great,” he said, “well, ‘well, everybody from all the news organizations will be at the press conference, but what you should do is think how to move the story forward.”
Mr. Sandusky was eventually convicted in 45 counts of assaulting 10 boys. Mr. Petro, who was accused of doing little to stop Mr. Sandusky from preying on the boys. And Penn State’s image and reputation were badly tarnished.
Kate Barron, who succeeded Mr. Newhouse as editor in 2012, said she reminded the reporting team to keep its focus on Mr. Sandusky’s victims, men raped as boys.
“It was a criminal story about the victims,” she said. “He was the beacon on it.”
During her 11 years at The Patriot-News, David Newhouse was drawn to journalism “which gave voice to voice,” said Ms. Barone, like an article by investigative reporter Peter Shelm Due to which five wrongly convicted prisoners were released.
“He’s completely speaking the truth, he believed his soul,” she said.
In November 2011, Mr. Newhouse wrote a column For his newspaper, which Mr. Criticized The New York Times for handling an article about Sandiस्कीski’s victims. To protect his identity, the man was referred to in The Times as Victim 1, as he was in the indictment. But Mr. Newhouse said the article was “so detailed that even if they don’t take his name, the young man’s name appears within seconds after receiving some information in the profile.”
The Times editors defended the article, but At that time Arthur S., the public editor of the Times. Brisbane, Disagree. Although he admitted that some pundits about Victim 1 gave readers a “deeper understanding of the boy”, he asked: “Was this reason enough to involve him and endanger his privacy? I don’t think so. “
Nearly a month after Pulitzer was honored, Mr. Newhouse left Patriot-News to become a large-scale editor of the family-owned Advance Local, helping to develop websites as the family’s newspaper digital operations Evolved.
David Anthony Newhouse was born on May 29, 1955 in Manhattan and in Great Neck, Long Island and New Orleans. His father, Norman, Was editor of the Queens-based Long Island Press and later oversaw The Times-Picayune in New Orleans and other southern papers owned by his family. Norman’s brother was Samuel I. Newhouse, Who started a family in the publishing business. David’s mother, Alice (Gross) Newhouse, was a housewife.
“We all recognized our father,” said Mark Newhouse, executive vice president of newspapers for his family’s Advance Publications, in a phone interview. “We’ve grown up thinking that being a vassal is the best thing you can aspire to be.”
David Newhouse originally took a different route. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in theater in 1977 and a second master’s in film production from Boston University in 1980 and a second master’s in education from Tufts University three years later.
He was the owner of a bookstore in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., And a children’s clothing store in Arlington, Mass. He also studied English at Newton North High School in Newton, Mass. Before asking his family to keep him on the job. Its newspapers.
He began as a municipal reporter in The Times of Trenton, N.J., in 1993 and rose to business editor and assistant managing editor before becoming executive editor of The Patriot-News in 2001. He was promoted as editor in 2010.
He was a strong voice on the editorial board of the newspaper; After Mr. Sandusky was convicted, Mr. Newhouse Strongly argued for the resignations of Mr. Petro and Graham Spanier, To do little to stop Penn Sandsky, president of Penn State. Took editorial Full front page up.
The next day of the editorial run, Penn State fired both men on November 9, 2011.
Mr. Sandusky is serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years. Mr. Petro died in 2012.
In addition to his brother Mark, Mr. Newhouse is survived by his wife, Alice Stewart; His daughters, Lily, Hope, Magdalena and Macrina Newhouse; Two other brothers, Peter and Jonathan; A sister, Robin Newhouse; And three grandchildren. Her marriage to Kathryn Call ended in divorce.