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3:56 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Richard Inskeep, Former Journal Gazette Publisher, Dies at 89

A longtime Indiana publisher who fought for public access to government and helped ensure that Fort Wayne would remain a two-newspaper city has died.

Former Journal Gazette publisher Richard Inskeep died Wednesday at 89.

Inskeep joined the newspaper in 1949 and worked in nearly every department over the next 48 years. He became vice president of Fort Wayne Newspapers in 1969 and served as the newspaper's publisher from 1973 until 1997.

His efforts to renegotiate a joint operating agreement with the rival News-Sentinel in the mid-1970s and willingness to start another newspaper when talks stalled helped cement both newspapers' roles in the city.

Inskeep's daughter Julie succeeded him as publisher.

Inskeep served as president of The Journal Gazette Co. after retiring and remained on the board of Fort Wayne Newspapers.