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Frank Daniels III To Leave Post At On-Line Service

April 17, 1996 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Frank Daniels III, the former executive editor of The News & Observer, will leave his present post as head of the newspaper’s popular online service effective May 1.

Daniels, who helped begin two years ago and watched it grow into one of the leading Internet news providers, said he will leave as its president and publisher ``to pursue my interests separately from Nando.″ has more than 7.5 million accesses per week on the World Wide Web, according to the newspaper.

``Much of our success was due to the fact that we took the tip that the Internet was coming, ran with it and got there first,″ he said Tuesday.

Daniels, 40, said future plans include working with Koz Inc., a Greensboro-based Internet tool-building company, teaching a communications course at his alma mater, Duke University, and writing books.

Daniels worked as a reporter for the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press and the Ledger-Star of Norfolk, Va., before returning to The News & Observer in 1981. He served as the newspaper’s executive editor when the paper ran a five-part series on pork industry pollution, which earned the Pulitzer Prize for public service last week.

Daniels moved to his current positions after McClatchy Newspapers Inc. purchased The News & Observer in August.

``Frank Daniels III is a pioneer, and he is looking for new digital territory to explore,″ said Gary Pruitt, president and chief executive officer of McClatchy, based in Sacramento, Calif. ``We wish him well.″

Frank Daniels Jr., the father of Daniels III and grandson of newspaper founder Josephus Daniels, has said he will step down as The News & Observers’ publisher at the end of the year. Daniels Jr. also is chairman of the board of directors of The Associated Press.