Former Inquirer editor to lead Pittsburgh foundation

Maxwell King is the new president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation. (PRNewsFoto / The Pittsburgh Foundation)

Max King, a former editor of The Inquirer, has been chosen to head one the nation's largest philanthropic organizations, the Pittsburgh Foundation, the group announced Friday.

King led The Inquirer from 1990 to 1998, during which the paper won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism and Time Magazine recognized it as one of the five best newspapers in America. He previously served as a city editor and executive vice president under his predecessor as editor, Gene Roberts.

After The Inquirer, King spent nine years as president of the Heinz Endowments, another charitable foundation based in Pittsburgh, and six years on the board of the National Council on Foundations, which supports philanthropic organizations.

He currently is a Senior Fellow of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media and is writing the first full biography of Rogers, known for his public TV children's show.

King and his wife, Margaret Ann, will return to Pittsburgh from Vermont, where they have lived since 2012. The Pittsburgh Foundation has $1 billion in assets. Its grants, mainly to organizations and causes in Western Pennsylvania, focus on a wide variety of areas, including education, children's health, and civic engagement.