- Existence: 1904-1994
Chief executive officer of the Associated Press, Frank Starzel, was born on February 29, 1904, in LeMars, Iowa. He began his newspaper career by working on his father's paper, the semiweekly LeMars Globe Post. By age thirteen, he had learned typesetting and printing and was writing articles. Starzel attended the University of Notre Dame and the University of Iowa before quitting school to take a job as the managing editor of the Iowa City Press Citizen. From Iowa City, he moved to Des Moines where he was assistant syndicate manager and later assistant to the managing editor. He held other positions before he joined the Associated Press in 1929. By 1948, he had become general manager of the Associated Press news service. He retired as chief executive officer in 1962. Frank Starzel died in 1994 at the age of ninety.