John L. Dotson Jr. | Journalist, 76

Posted: June 25, 2013

John L. Dotson Jr., 76, a longtime journalist, editor, and newspaper publisher who championed diversity in the newsroom, died Friday in Boulder, Colo., of mantle cell lymphoma, his family said.

During his long career, Mr. Dotson held a number of top positions, including at The Inquirer, where in the 1980s he was director of night operations for a time. He also was an editor at Newsweek and the publisher of two newspapers, including the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal when it won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.

He was an advocate for minorities and women in journalism, joining others in establishing the Institute for Journalism Education in 1977, now the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. The organization pushes for diversity in the nation's newsrooms.

Born in Paterson, N.J., he graduated from Temple University. He was a reporter for the Evening News in Newark, N.J., and the Detroit Free Press, then joined Newsweek in Detroit in 1965. He moved to Los Angeles three years later to become the magazine's deputy bureau chief, and advanced to bureau chief before moving to the magazine's New York headquarters as a senior editor.

Mr. Dotson joined Knight-Ridder newspapers in 1983 and was publisher and president of the Daily Camera in Boulder starting in 1987 and then the Beacon Journal from 1992 until his retirement in 2001. - AP

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