Veteran newspaper executive Dave Jones, who worked as a consultant to The Wilson Times for 15 years, died Saturday at age 91.
Jones served as a mentor to Times Chairman and CEO Morgan Dickerman in the 1990s and early 2000s after retiring from the News & Observer as associate publisher, capping a 42-year career at the Raleigh newspaper.
“My mother said Dave Jones would make a good mentor, a good person to be a sounding board,” Dickerman said. After approaching the News & Observer’s then-publisher, Frank Daniels Jr., Dickerman met with Jones and the pair began working together.
“I would say his biggest accomplishments were guiding me, improving the newspaper and starting the phone book,” Dickerman said.