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Mr. Mark B. Vittert

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Board Member

Phone: (563) ***-****  HQ Phone
Lee Enterprises Inc.
201 N. Harrison Street Ste. 600
Davenport, Iowa 52801
United States

Company Description: Lee Enterprises, Incorporated in 1950, is a provider of local news, information and advertising in primarily midsize markets, with 49 daily newspapers and a joint...   more
Background

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and A Member of the Executive Compensation Committee
    Lee Enterprises Inc.
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www.sec.gov, 5 June 2013 [cached]
0001021403 VITTERT MARK C/O LEE ENTERPRISES, INCORPORATED 201 N. HARRISON STREET, STE. 600 DAVENPORT IA 52801 1 0 0 0
Mayer, Schermer and Vittert ...
www.sec.gov, 26 Jan 2009 [cached]
Mayer, Schermer and Vittert expires March 10, 2009.
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Mark B. Vittert, 60, Director since 1986
Mr. Vittert is a private investor.
Mr. Vittert is Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Compensation Committee.
Media mogul Mark Vittert ...
gatewayjr.org, 31 Aug 2012 [cached]
Media mogul Mark Vittert shuns the media Gateway Journalism Review - Media mogul Mark Vittert shuns the media Gateway Journalism Review
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Media mogul Mark Vittert shuns the media
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Mark Vittert, who may be the richest, most influential journalist in St. Louis, won't answer journalists' questions.
As a result, he is St. Louis' mystery media mogul.
Vittert, now 64, was part owner of the Riverfront Times. He helped start the buy cialis pill
St. Louis Business Journal and similar publications in other cities. Vittert still owns part of the Business Journal and writes columns for it, he was an original panelist on the Donnybrook television show on Channel 9, and is on the board of directors of Lee Enterprises, owner of dozens of newspapers including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Suburban Journals.
In years past, Vittert was a sought-after speaker at local events. Martin Duggan, formerly with the Globe-Democrat and longtime moderator of the Donnybrook show, called Vittert, "The most knowledgeable person I know in the newspaper business."
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Ray Hartmann who partnered with Vittert at the Riverfront Times and now St. Louis Magazine, said, "He's a big name in the media but a very private guy . . . I don't give out his phone number.
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Some of what the public knows about Vittert goes back to 1971 when he was written up as a 22-year old in a piece titled "A Self-Made Millionaire. After graduating from DePauw University, he sold a marketing firm he helped create to Playboy Magazine for $1.5 million. It listed students at hundreds of universities so that businesses could connect with them to sell their goods and services.
Vittert became a national personality as the news media jumped on the story, even mentioning that he wore no socks. He was quoted in Time Magazine as saying: "I wanted to be the youngest person in American history to have founded a company and sold it for more than a million dollars. He appeared on "What's My Line. He liked the attention.
To back up a bit, when he was 12 his dad, the late businessman Alvin Vittert, urged him to research firms that were successful and had potential, even driving Mark to interview their officials. As a teen he spent a summer going door-to-door offering to stencil the addresses of homes on curbstones for a dollar.
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"I try to be real quiet" in going after business opportunities, Vittert told Koster.
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The Globe had reported that Vittert was considering a run for Congress in 1976 as a Republican, but that never happened. He continued pursuing business possibilities but didn't need an office, just a legal pad that he used to list what he needed to do each day.
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In 1977 Vittert became a partner with Hartmann in launching the Riverfront Times, an alternative weekly newspaper.
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Their 60-40 partnership (Vittert with 40 percent) lasted 21 years until the RFT was sold in 1998 for several million; the actual figure was never disclosed. They then became partners in St. Louis Magazine, which had been a money-loser but has now prospered as a glitzy publication aimed at an upscale audience.
In 1994 Vittert pushed a campaign to have his friend Jackie Smith, tight end for the former St. Louis Cardinals, be inducted in the Pro-Football Hall of Fame.
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Also that year, Post-Dispatch columnist Jerry Berger wrote that Vittert and Andrew E. Newman were among the wealthiest St. Louisans, each worth more than $10 million.
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In 1980 Newman, and Vittert started the St. Louis Business Journal and then similar weeklies in several other cities.
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Vittert's former editor of the St. Louis Business Journal, Donald Keough, had gone to Kansas City to help start a business journal there that became part of American City Business Journals.
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About that time, Vittert joined the board of directors of Lee Enterprises, a chain of smaller newspapers.
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Even the compensation for Lee directors, which for Vittert had been about $100,000 a year, has been reduced over the last few years.
Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan is a close friend of Vittert and the two take boat trips each year.
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McClellan declined to discuss Vittert, saying conversations they have are private.
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And Lo, Vittert called. He said he wasn't agreeing to an interview, he just wanted to be respectful in returning a phone call. In a brief chat, he explained with a chuckle that he wore no socks after college because he had no laundry service at an apartment as he did in college. He said his son Leland is called "Lucky" because nurses at the hospital where he was born called him that when he survived possibly being strangled by the umbilical cord. Lucky, at age 11, flew a plane from the U.S. to Paris, accompanied by an adult pilot. Now he is a correspondent for Fox News, stationed in Jerusalem.
Vittert said I should write anything I wanted, but he would not cooperate and complain.
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I wondered how Vittert would explain those bonuses? Another question: Was he instrumental in getting Lee to buy Pulitzer at top dollar when now it's not even worth selling? And what does he think the future is for newspapers?
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Media mogul Mark Vittert shuns the media
Mark B. Vittert, 61, ...
www.sec.gov, 7 Jan 2010 [cached]
Mark B. Vittert, 61, Director since 1986
Mr. Vittert is a private investor.
Mr. Vittert is Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Compensation Committee.
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www.sec.gov, 3 June 2009 [cached]
0001021403 VITTERT MARK C/O LEE ENTERPRISES, INCORPORATED 201 N. HARRISON ST., STE. 600 DAVENPORT IA 52801 1 0 0 0
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