Former Publisher and CEO, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Mr. Harte is the former Publisher and CEO of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. During his time at Knight-Ridder he was publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal and the Centre Daily Times and trained in the newsroom and every other department of the Miami Herald. He also was publisher of the Portland Press Herald. He began his newspaper career as managing editor of the Stanford Daily as a sophomore and was a stringer for Newsweek during his Stanford years. He was a reporter in the Austin capitol bureau of the Associated Press and was a marketing and advertising manager at the Austin American-Statesman. He had previously been the first associate hired in the Dallas office of McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Harte is the former chairman of Harte-Hanks Inc. He has served as a director of Crown Resources Corp. and Geokinetics Inc., and numerous private companies. He has been a private equity investor since the 1970s.
He has been restoring prairie at his ranch west of Austin for 25 years and was awarded the 2018 Lone Star Land Steward Award for the Texas Hill Country from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the 2019 Conservation Hero award from the Travis Audubon Society.
He was a director of Outward Bound USA, the National Audubon Society, the Austin Community Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation, as well as the Nature Conservancy boards in Texas, Florida and Maine.
He is chairman of the finance committee of the Serve America Movement (SAM), a nascent national political party established in late 2016 to reform the increasingly divisive duopoly created by the two major existing parties.
Mr. Harte received his BA from Stanford University in Political Science and an MBA from the University of Texas.
He was a director of the Stanford Alumni Association in the 1970s and 80s and currently serves on the advisory board of Stanford magazine. He was a member of the inaugural class of Stanford’s Distinguished Careers Institute and spent 2015 at Stanford. During the next three years he assisted the University of Texas at Austin in the development phase and inaugural year of its DCI-inspired Tower Fellows program.