Philip R. Currie

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Phil Currie
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Philip R. Currie (BA '62) earned his B.A. in Journalism (1962) from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in Journalism (1964) from Penn State University. He began his career Jan. 1, 1964 at Gannett’s Times-Union in Rochester, N.Y., working as a general-assignment reporter. He retired Dec. 31, 2008 from Gannett as Senior Vice President/News. His work at the Rochester newspaper included general-assignment reporter, editorial writer, political reporter and executive city editor. On the city desk, he directed coverage of the Attica (N.Y.) prison riots that led to a Pulitzer Prize for the newspaper. In 1977, he joined the Gannett corporate staff as Director of News Staff Development. He was named Vice President/News for Community Newspapers in 1986, Vice President/News for the Newspaper Division in 1989, and to the Senior Vice President/News role in 1995. In his corporate positions, he worked with publishers, editors and newsrooms at more than 90 Gannett newspapers and in later years also oversaw operations of Gannett News Service, a Washington-based wire service serving both Gannett and non-Gannett newspapers.