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Chris Peck is former editor of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. Founded in 1841, the newspaper is the oldest continuously opeated business in the city. As editor, Peck oversees the work of 150 journalists who write for print and online. Under his tenure, The Commercial Appeal has been named the best newspaper in Tennessee. Peck came to Memphis in 2003 after serving as the first Belo Distinguished Chair of Journalism at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Before that, he was editor of The Spokesman-Review, in Spokane, Wash. Under his direction, The Spokesman-Review was cited by Columbia Journalism Review as one of the 25 best papers in the United States. He is past president of the Associated Press Managing Editors and currently is serving a second term on the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Raised in Wyoming, he and his brother still own and operate The Riverton Ranger, a newspaper that has been in the Peck family for 60 years. He and Kate Duignan, his wife of 30 years, are 1972 graduates of Stanford University. They have two children, Cody and Sarah.