- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 29, 2010


Mike Mahr, director of advertising for The Washington Times since 1992, has been inducted into the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame, honoring a career that has spanned five decades in Washington journalism.

Mr. Mahr was named one of four inductees in February and was formally honored at a banquet last week for new Hall of Fame members. The association is the leading trade group for newspapers in the mid-Atlantic region.

Also honored by the MMDC Press Association were Zeke Orlinsky and Jean Moon, former publisher and general manager, respectively, of the Patuxent Press, and reporter Ralph Moyed of the Wilmington News Journal in Delaware.

Mr. Mahr’s career in newspapers dates to 1964, when he worked part-time during high school in the circulation department of the old Washington Daily News. He stayed at the Daily News while attending the University of Maryland.

After returning from military service, Mr. Mahr embarked on a career on the business side with a number of Washington-area publications, starting out handling automotive classified ads for the Washington Daily News. He moved to the Washington Star when the papers merged in 1972, eventually becoming real estate advertising manager.

Four years later, he was hired by the Washington Post, eventually rising to group sales manager responsible for $200 million advertising revenue and a staff of 85. In 1989 he moved to the Army Times, as advertising manager.

Since 1992, Mr. Mahr has been advertising director for The Washington Times, directing a staff of as many as 80 people.

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