Lawrence E. Spivak
When the program premiered in November 1947, Spivak was already fairly well-known as the publisher of The American Mercury, which was then a still relatively mainstream conservative publication best known as the literary home of H. L. Mencken. Spivak also published Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He sold Meet the Press to NBC in 1955, keeping his roles as panelist and producer.
Spivak and his wife Charlotte lived in the Sheraton-Park Hotel in Washington. He died of congestive heart failure at Washington's Sibley Memorial Hospital.