Howard H 'Tim' Hays
Former Press-Enterprise editor, publisher
Howard H "Tim" Hays, 94, a former editor and publisher of the Press-Enterprise who led the Riverside newspaper when it won a Pulitzer Prize for an expose in the 1960s and won two landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases in 1st Amendment fights for court access in the '80s, died Friday at a hospital in St. Louis after a period of declining health because of Alzheimer's disease.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Hays passed the bar in 1946 but never practiced law: The same year, he became an assistant editor at what became the Press-Enterprise under his father, Howard H Hays Sr., who was editor and co-owner.
Hays became editor in 1949.
During his 51 years at the newspaper, he oversaw the publication of a series of more than 100 articles that exposed malpractice in the conservatorship program for Agua Caliente Indians in Palm Springs. The articles, along with related editorials, earned the paper the Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service in 1968.