John Shively Knight
(October 26, 1894 –
June 16, 1981) was an
American newspaper publisher and editor.
born in Bluefield, West
Virginia to Charles Landon Knight and Clara
Scheifley. He attended Cornell University but never graduated, leaving early to enlist in the
While at Cornell he
was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa
fraternity. However, he later received the degree of "War Alumnus."
In 1920 he started at his father's newspaper, The Beacon-Journal
sportswriter, and moved up to managing editor before inheriting the
paper in 1933. Beginning a nationwide expansion, Knight bought the
in 1937. His
portfolio included fifteen newspapers by 1973. A year later he
merged his company with Ridder Publications to form Knight-Ridder Newspapers Inc
His nationwide column, "The Editor's Notebook", won him the 1968
Knight received the Elijah Parish
Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College.
He co-founded what would become the John S. and James L.
with his brother James
died of a heart attack in
- The John S. Knight Auditorium is a large lecture hall in
Leigh Hall, a building on the campus of the University of
- The John S. Knight Reading Room is located in Bierce Library, a
building on the campus of the University of Akron.
- The John S. Knight Center is a large convocation
located in downtown Akron,