Sunday, May 6, 2007

Biz Wire founder Lokey helps university

Larry I. Lokey (pictured), the veteran Bay Area journalist and public relations executive who sold his Business Wire to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in 2005, has given a total of $58.4 million to the University of Oregon. He was honored by that school Friday at a gala event in Portland that drew the state's governor. Although Lokey didn't attend the UO, he grew up in Portland and credits longtime former UO journalism dean George Turnbull with finding him his first job as a night wire editor at United Press in Portland, according to a press release from the university. Turnbull was Lokey's professor for a year at Stanford University, where Lokey earned a degree in journalism in 1949.

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