Curtis Riddle retired from Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing Company in 2010 as the senior group president of the East Newspaper Group and president and publisher of The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware.
As senior group president, he was responsible for 18 media operations in seven states. He joined Gannett in 1972 as a reporter and editorial writer for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. He was a reporter and editor for The Baltimore Sun from 1976 before joining USA TODAY in 1982 as deputy managing editor. He then served as managing editor and special assistant to the publisher at The Cincinnati Enquirer before becoming publisher of the Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.) in 1988. He was named a regional vice president in 1989 and became regional president in 1991. Curtis’s affiliations include the Gannett Newspaper Operating Committee, Newspaper Association of America and American Society of Newspaper Editors. He is also a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists and served as a Pulitzer Prize judge in 1986, 1987, 2002 and 2003. Curtis received Gannett's manager of the year award in 1992 and in 2011 he was inducted into the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association’s Newspaper Hall of Fame. He joined the Foundation board in 2010.