Erwin Potts, NC native who led McClatchy chain, dies at 85


Erwin Potts, a North Carolina native who spent his early career as a newspaper reporter and editor and eventually became the first non-family member to lead McClatchy Newspapers as it grew into a national media company, died last week in Mexico.

During part of the 1970s, Potts also was general manager of The Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte News. He joined Sacramento-based McClatchy in 1975 as director of newspaper operations and retired in 1996 as chairman of the board of directors.

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