Harold Andersen

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Family and early life

World-Herald publisher


Business dealings

Online columns

Death in 2015



Corporate boards


Country clubs


Franklin scandal

Main article: Franklin child sex ring

Harold Andersen was part of a child sex ring in Omaha that pandered children to political and business elites. This sex ring, run by Republican powerbroker Larry King, had links to the CIA and was used for blackmail purposes. Andersen was a financial backer of Larry King, and was implicated at King's pedophilic parties along with World-Herald columnist Peter Citron. As victims of the Franklin pedophilia ring came forward, the World-Herald attacked their credibility and pushed for their prosecution. Andersen stepped down as publisher and CEO in 1989 as the Franklin scandal unfolded.

Political connections

Nebraska politics

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National politics

Intelligence community

Corporate connections

Omaha business community


  1. In 1989, Harold Andersen and his wife were recipients of the Distinguished Nebraskan Award from the Nebraska Society of Washington D.C. (see also Omaha World-Herald, "Nebraskans in D.C. Honor Couple Harold, Marian Andersen Share Award" by David C. Beeder, 1989/10/17)
  2. Omaha World-Herald, "Former World-Herald Publisher Harold Andersen dies at 92", 2015/12/18
  3. Andersen appointed to Fed of Kansas City
  4. Andersen appointed to Williams Companies board
  5. Andersen was director of infoUSA from 1993 to 2005
  6. Andersen was chairman of the World Press Freedom Committee in 1981

External links

  • Harold Andersen about page (archive)
  • International activism (e.g. World Press Freedom Committee)
  • Relationship with George H.W. Bush
    • Lincoln Journal Star, "Nebraska Society in nation's capital honors Andersens", 1989/10/18: pages 33 - mentions Bush's letter for the Andersens
    • John DeCamp, The Franklin Cover-Up, p.177-178: "When Harold Andersen's reputation sagged in the fall of 1989, due to his unconcealed association with Larry King, his friends at the Nebraska Society of D.C. staged an awards dinner in Washington to polish his image. George Bush sent a testimonial letter in praise of the adviser to the U.S. State Department and occasional horseshoes-player at the White House. Bush wrote about Andersen and his wife: "These two outstanding individuals have spent countless hours serving the city of Omaha and the state of Nebraska. Throughout Harold Andersen's career with the Omaha World-Herald, he has made that fine paper an example of journalistic integrity. In addition, he has been a vigorous promoter of efforts to improve the quality of life in his community.""
    • Kansas City Star, "Former legislator's angry memo turns sober Nebraska on its ear", 1990/03/17 (excerpted on p.93-94 of The Franklin Cover-Up by John DeCamp): "DeCamp had the audacity to name, among others, Harold Andersen, former publisher of the Omaha World-Herald. DeCamp left the implication that Andersen, an icon of journalism who lunches with President Bush, had a fetish for children. Said one politician, "It was like insulting God.""
  • Warren Buffett friendship is mentioned in Roger Lowenstein, Buffett, p.232: "Harold Andersen [publisher of the Omaha World-Herald] is a good friend of mine, and can tell you of my enthusiasm for excellent newspapers."
  • Alleged close friendship with Robert Keith Gray
    • John DeCamp, The Franklin Cover-Up, p.178: "Like George Bush, Harold Andersen moves in the upper circles of the U.S. intelligence community. The career of another Nebraskan, Robert Keith Gray, illuminates that milieu and why it would be so congenial to a person like Larry King. [...] Said to be Harold Andersen's "closest friend in Washington," Gray is also reportedly a specialist in homosexual blackmail operations for the CIA."
  • Involvement in 2003 pipeline negotiation? (archive)
  • infoUSA connection