(updated, Sept. 3, 2013)
Chris Peck is a founding director of Journalism That Matters Inc., a Seattle-based nonprofit. In April, 2013, he became associate director of The Pyramid Peak Foundation, helping the Memphis-based nonprofit to support education-reform efforts, programs that help disadvantaged women and children.
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Until April 2013, Peck was editor of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. Founded in 1841, the newspaper is the oldest continuously operated business in the city. As editor, Peck oversees 150 journalists who produce copy for print and online. Under his leadership, The Commercial Appeal twice has been named 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 served two terms on the board of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE). Peck grew up in Wyoming where he and his brother still own The Riverton Ranger,, a newspaper that has been in their family for 60 years. He is associate editor of the paper. He and Kate Duignan, his wife of 30 years, are both graduates of Stanford University.