DENVER, Colo. — William Dean Singleton, who began his newspaper career at age 15 in Graham, Texas, will retire in December from the firm he guided into the nation’s second-largest newspaper company by circulation.

Singleton announced his intentions earlier this week to retire from active management of MediaNews Group, Inc., in Denver, Colo., where he serves as executive chairman and publisher of The Denver Post.

“I’m still very active,” Singleton told The Graham Leader on Thursday. “I spent a year thinking about this before I decided to do it. I’m doing it on my timeline and in my way.”

The 62-year-old media executive will not walk away completely from the business he loves. He will continue to serve as non-executive chairman of The Denver Post, which earned five Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure as publisher.

With regard to his role as president of Graham Newspapers, Inc., which owns The Graham Leader, 10 other north-central Texas newspapers, and Lake Country Radio, Singleton said simply, “I’ll never quit looking out for Graham.”

Singleton attended school in Graham for 12 years, graduating from Graham High School in 1969.

Read more about Singleton in this weekend's Graham Leader.