Submitted by ub on Tue, 06/06/2023 - 08:13

Kent Cooper was an American journalist who achieved worldwide prominence as executive director of the Associated Press 

KC's band of journalists at The AP were laboring there for decades.

Kent Cooper was a man of many talents and could play 10 musical instruments. He wrote the operetta About That Girl which was produced in 1943.

As you will read, JC rose the ranks the old-fashioned way, and that’s the way I like it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yupPvZF6oBw

Cooper had an after-school reporting job at the local newspaper as a youth. After he spent two years at Indiana University, the death of his father forced him to go to work, and he became a reporter for the Indianapolis Press.

His newspaper career took him to the Scripps-McRae Press Association, a precursor to the United Press, and then into his agency, where he developed innovations that took him back to Scripps-McRae and soon brought him to the attention of Melville Stone, editor of the AP. He was hired as a traveling inspector in 1910 and became chief of the traffic department in 1912. In 1920 Cooper was made assistant general manager. In subsequent years, he helped make the AP a leader among the world’s news agencies by encouraging writers to use livelier prose and features. Innovations adopted during his period of service included the first high-speed telegraph printing machines for the transmission of news and the first system of transmitting news photographs by wire, which he conceived. The latter, established in 1935, became Wide World Photos, Inc.

How a titan of 20th-century journalism transformed the AP — and the news

As Mark Twain said in 1906, "There are only two forces that can carry light to all the corners of the globe – only two – the sun in the heavens and the Associated Press down here." And then he added, "I may seem to be flattering the sun."