"Michael Gartner" is an United States/American journalist and businessman. He was President of the Iowa Board of Regents. He is a graduate of Carleton College and the New York University School of Law.

His long career in journalism began in the sports department of the Des Moines Register at the age of 15. Eventually, he became page one editor of The Wall Street Journal (1960–1974), editor and president of the Des Moines Register (1974–1985), general news executive of the Gannett Company and USA Today (1985–1986), editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal (1986–1987) -- during which time he served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors -- and president of NBC News (1988–1993).

He resigned from NBC in 1993 as a result of controversy over the show Dateline NBC. The show reported on dangers of GM pickup trucks, but did not state that it had staged the explosion of a truck for broadcast. Years later Gartner said, "It happened on my watch. I took responsibility for it. I did what I thought you ought to do when you make a mistake. You say 'we made a mistake' and apologize to the viewers." (Iowa City Press-Citizen, April 23, 2005.)

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