Freedom Forum Institute > Initiatives > Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism > About the Founder
John C. Quinn, with his late wife, Loie, founded the Chips Quinn Scholars program in 1991, as a memorial to their son John “Chips” Quinn. The founding editor of USA Today and a former president of Gannett News Service, Quinn was executive vice president/news of Gannett Co. Inc., when he retired in 1990. He began his journalism career while an undergraduate as a copy boy with The Providence (R.I.) Journal Bulletin, where he worked for 23 years, leaving as day managing editor in 1966. He then joined Gannett as director of news for its two Rochester, N.Y., newspapers. He was president of the Associated Press Managing Editors (1972-73) and of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (1982-83). He passed away July 11, 2017, in Rhode Island. He was 91.