Gary Pruitt is the 13th president of The Associated Press since its founding in 1846. Pruitt became president and CEO of AP in July 2012. He had also served on the AP board of directors for three terms, including as vice chairman.
Under his leadership, AP has continued its long legacy of fighting for press freedom and the public's right to know. Pruitt received the Constitution Project’s 2014 Champion Award for his work defending the United States Constitution's First Amendment right to free speech. His work also earned him the First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation.
Prior to AP, Pruitt was chairman, president and CEO of The McClatchy Company, the third-largest newspaper publisher in the US. During his tenure, McClatchy’s operations included 30 daily newspapers, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald and The Sacramento Bee. A First Amendment lawyer by training, Pruitt steered McClatchy towards financial diversification and oversaw the robust growth of its digital revenue.
He will be speaking during Session 1.