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Barry Bingham, Sr.

Guided the Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times to greater national prominence starting in 1937 when he succeeded his father as chief officer of the newspaper company. Under his leadership, the papers received six Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other national awards, including rankings in the top 10 newspapers of America. Established WHAS-TV and built Standard Gravure Corporation as printer of Sunday newspaper magazines. Served 39 months overseas as U.S. Navy officer during World War II; received Bronze Star twice. Made study missions to Europe to report on occupation conditions; given rank of Commandeur, Legion d’Honneur, by French government for service. Fulbright lecturer at Oxford, England, in 1955. Commander, Order of the British Empire. Holds honorary degrees from eight colleges and universities. Twice elected overseer of Harvard University. Chairman, American Press Institute advisory board, 1962-68. Advisory Board for Pulitzer Prizes, 1956-68; Honorary President, Sigma Delta Chi, 1956-57; Chairman, International Press Institute, 1964-66. Strong supporter of human rights, conservation and enrichment of arts. Now chairman of the board of family companies.

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