Published: Aug 16, 2011 6:58 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Creed Black, a former publisher at the Lexington Herald-Leader, has died in Florida. He was 86.
Black made dramatic changes to the newspaper while he was publisher there from 1977 to 1988, the paper reported.
In 1983, Black oversaw the Lexington Herald and The Lexington Leader consolidate into one newspaper and oversaw the construction of a new newspaper plant.
In addition, the Herald-Leader won its first Pulitzer Prize under his watch. Daily circulation at the newspaper increased by 28 percent and Sunday circulation grew by 61 percent making the Herald-Leader the dominant regional newspaper in the area.
Black died Tuesday at Baptist Hospital in Miami.

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