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November 05, 2014

Head of Newseum and Free-Press Nonprofit Stepping Down

James Duff announced his resignation Tuesday as chief executive officer of the Newseum, the Washington museum of journalism and the First Amendment, and its nonprofit parent, the Freedom Forum, the Associated Press reports. Mr. Duff will return to his former post as chief administrative officer of the U.S. court system, which he left to join the Newseum three years ago.

Launched by the late Gannett Company leader Allen Neuharth, the Newseum has struggled to cover costs since moving to a new home on Pennsylvania Avenue in 2008. Last year the museum reduced its deficit by nearly half, to $4.3-million, and boosted fundraising from $1.3-million to $3.3-million. Former USA Today editor Peter Prichard, a past president of the Newseum, will return to lead the museum pending a search for a permanent CEO. Jan Neuharth, the founder's daughter, will head the Freedom Forum.