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In Memoriam: Bob Ingle, 81

In Memoriam: Bob Ingle, 81

Bob Ingle, a former executive editor at the San Jose Mercury News who is credited with launching the online delivery of news, died March 16, 2021, at his Saratoga home, the Mercury News reports. He was 81 and had cancer.

Ingle was executive editor from 1981 to 1995 and then served as a vice president for Knight Ridder New Media, followed by president of Knight Ridder Ventures, the internet investment arm.

Ingle was also a fierce First Amendment advocate, the obituary explains: “Bob was absolutely fearless when it came to challenging public agencies,” said Bert Robinson, senior editor of Bay Area News Group, who worked as a reporter under Ingle. “He never said no to a lawsuit, and he almost never lost one.”

In 1995, Ingle received the California Press Association’s Justus F. Craemer Newspaper Executive of the Year Award.