Alex Machaskee had been the publisher, president, and chief executive of the Plain Dealer for more than 15 years. As the leader of Northeastern Ohio's largest media voice, Machaskee had been at the forefront of setting the agenda in Cleveland news.
A native of Warren, Ohio, Machaskee started his journalism career as a sports writer and general assignment editor for the Warren Tribune, before joining the Plain Dealer in 1960. After serving as general manager and vice president, Machaskee was appointed publisher of Ohio's largest newspaper in 1990.
Beyond his affinity for delivering the news to more than 880,000 Plain Dealer subscribers everyday, Machaskee is a strong business and community leader. In the past, he has been awarded several honors in recognition of his service to the Greater Cleveland business community, including the International Business Executive of the Year by the World Trade Center Cleveland, the Executive of the Year by Inside Business magazine, and entrance into the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.
Machaskee also serves on the board of several prominent local non-profit organizations, including the Greater Cleveland United Way, the Cleveland Foundation, Leadership Cleveland, University Circle, the Great Lakes Science Center, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, and the Urban League of Greater Cleveland.
An advocate for cultural diversity, Machaskee has been a leader of diversity communications while at the Plain Dealer. Through his publication of the special section Mosaic he has done much to recognize the international community that finds its home in Cleveland.
Machaskee graduated with a BA in marketing from Cleveland State University, and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Cleveland State in 1995, and again from the University of Akron in 1998. He and his wife Carol live in Beachwood.