Gannett Head Takes News Team on 50-State Tour
WASHINGTON (AP) _ With an antique typewriter and a specially equipped touring bus, Gannett Co. Inc. Chairman Allen H. Neuharth is going to report on the mood of America.
Neuharth, a former reporter who now heads one of the country’s largest news organizations, will begin a six-month, 50-state bus tour next week with a small news team, Gannett announced Thursday.
″BusCapade USA,″ with reports to appear in Gannett’s USA Today and other newspapers, will try to ″find and present an accurate reflection of places and people all across this nation - what they are thinking, doing and wishing for themselves, their communities and their countries,″ Neuharth said.
Photographs accompanying a Gannett news release show the chairman seated at an antique typewriter in the modern bus, with other reporters at computer terminals.
In addition to USA Today, the reports will be made available to the 91 daily newspapers and 26 television and radio stations owned by Gannett.
The tour begins at Potosi, Mo., on March 17. Neuharth, who will leave occasionally for a day or two as other responsibilities require, will be accompanied by a three-member news team on board the 40-foot motor coach.
Neuharth, 62, started his newspaper career on a small newspaper in his native South Dakota. He joined Gannett in 1963, became president in 1970 and added the titles of chairman and chief executive officer in 1979. He has relinquished all but the post of chairman.