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David Newhouse, 65, Dies; His Paper Broke the Sandusky Story

  • March 07, 2021

He owned a bookstore in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., and a children’s clothing store in Arlington, Mass. He also taught English at Newton North High School in Newton, Mass., before asking his family to find him a job at one of its newspapers.

He started at The Times of Trenton, N.J., in 1993 as a municipal reporter and rose to business editor and assistant managing editor before becoming executive editor of The Patriot-News in 2001. He was promoted to editor in 2010.

He was a strong voice on the newspaper’s editorial board; after Mr. Sandusky was indicted, Mr. Newhouse argued strongly for the resignations of Mr. Paterno and Graham Spanier, Penn State’s president, for doing too little to stop Mr. Sandusky. The editorial took up the entire front page.

Penn State fired both men on Nov. 9, 2011, the day after the editorial ran.

Mr. Sandusky is serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years. Mr. Paterno died in 2012.

In addition to his brother Mark, Mr. Newhouse is survived by his wife, Alice Stewart; his daughters, Lily, Hope, Magdalena and Macrina Newhouse; two other brothers, Peter and Jonathan; a sister, Robyn Newhouse; and three grandchildren. His marriage to Katharine Call ended in divorce.

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