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Jack R. Howard, former president and general manager of E.W. Scripps Co., died March 22 at his New York home. He was 87.

Howard spent nearly 50 years in journalism before retiring in 1976 as president and G.M. of Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps.

He was the son of Roy W. Howard, who built United Press into a worldwide wire service and became the “Howard” in the Scripps Howard media empire.

In 1928 the younger Howard joined UP as a summer copy aide to cover the Olympics in Amsterdam.

After graduating from Yale in 1932, he worked as a reporter and copy editor on the Japan Advertiser in Tokyo and the Shanghai Evening Post in China.

He returned to the U.S. and joined the Scripps Howard newspaper group as an editor and reporter at The Indianapolis Times.

After working at The Washington Daily News, Howard joined a Scripps radio station in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1936. A year later, he returned to New York to become president of a two-station Scripps radio operation that grew into a division that now includes nine television stations.

After a World War II Navy service ended in 1946, Howard was named executive VP of Scripps. In 1953 he succeeded his father as president.

Howard also was co-founder and president of Scripps Howard Foundation, which provides journalism scholarships and awards.

After retirement he served as a town trustee for more than a decade in Centre Island, N.Y.

He is survived by a daughter, a son and seven grandchildren.