Publisher Jay Jackson Dies at 94


Longtime Arkansas publisher and former Clinton Chamber of Commerce President Jay W. Jackson died March 6 in Rogers. He was 94.

A nose gunner in a World War II B-24, Jackson was a graduate of the University of Missouri’s heralded journalism school when he moved to Clinton to edit the Van Buren County Democrat in 1951. He married Patsy Patton two years later, and they co-published the paper for 47 years. She survives him after 66 years of marriage.

Jackson was a board member of the Arkansas Press Association for six years and its president in 1968. He also served as state chairman of the National Newspaper Association.

The Jacksons sold the Democrat in 1997 to Westward Communications. Paxton Media Group of Paducah, Kentucky, acquired it last year from GateHouse Media, now rebranded as Gannett after a merger of the two chains.

“Jay and Patsy, like other couple co-publishers in Arkansas over the years, have been steadfast advocates of print journalism and attendees of nearly every APA convention (along with their daughters Janan and Susan) even after their retirement,” APA Executive Director Ashley Wimberley said.

“We are thankful for his life, his friendship and his service to the newspaper industry.”