Obituary: Publisher Jake Doherty oversaw The Spectator’s change to a morning paper

He told the Spec in 1996 how then-publisher John Muir — he considered him a mentor — gave him $40 to take a taxi around the city and look for a place to live.

“As a business writer, I was always fascinated with Hamilton,” he said. “Things were really built here. It wasn’t a plastic city … It actually made things.”

He was promoted to executive editor in 1976 and became editor in 1982. He was appointed publisher of the Owen Sound Sun Times in 1983. In 1990, he was named publisher of the Kingston Whig-Standard.

Born in Moncton, N.B., Doherty obtained a business degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., and a masters in journalism from Columbia in New York.

Doherty had a stutter, but learned to live with it and in a 2015 blog posting characterized his way of coping with it as “Jake’s Speech.”

He began his newspaper career with the Saint John Telegraph-Journal as a sports reporter in 1955. “I was so green I bought my own pencils and scrap paper,” Doherty told the Spec.

He moved to business reporting in 1959 when he joined the Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal, serving in both the Montreal and Vancouver bureaus.

He also worked for the Globe and Mail and then served as executive editor of the Financial Times.

In 1996, Doherty was named president of Renaissance Economic Initiatives, a non-profit community-based project striving to revitalize the economy of Hamilton-Wentworth.

He was the author of three books. In 1971, he co-authored “Bulls, Bears and Sheep.” He later became a mystery writer and his first novel “The Rankin Files” came out in 2002. His second novel, “Bearwalker Alibi,” came out in 2014.

His pastimes included skiing and running and he competed in three marathons and one triathlon. Doherty

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