President, TWH Incorporated
2016-2017 NEWS MEDIA ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MARK E. ALDAM
New York, N.Y.
Mark E. Aldam became president of Hearst Newspapers in 2011. He was named executive vice president/deputy group head in 2010, with oversight of eight Hearst properties. He joined Hearst in 2006 as publisher of the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., serving three years in that capacity. Prior to that, he was senior vice president/chief operating officer of the Hartford (Conn.) Courant.
American Press Institute Chairman
Vice President and COO, Lee Enterprises
Kevin Mowbray is a Lee Enterprises Operating Vice President and has been Publisher of Lee’s largest newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, since May 2006. He also oversees all St. Louis operations, which include STLtoday.com (St. Louis’ No. 1 local website), STL Distribution Services LLC and the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, the No. 1 community news source in St. Louis. In addition to the St. Louis operations, he directly oversees the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Arizona; the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Illinois; and the Daily Journal in Park Hills, Missouri.
Kevin began his career with Lee in 1986 as an advertising sales representative in his hometown of Kewanee, Illinois. He advanced to sales positions in Helena, Butte and Billings, Montana, before moving to Chicago as Lee’s national sales manager for corporate sales and marketing. In 1995, he joined the Lincoln Journal Star as advertising manager, where he served three years before becoming general manager at the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana, in 1998. In 2000, he advanced to publisher of The Bismarck Tribune in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he guided the newspaper to the 2001 Lee President’s Award for Enterprise of the Year. In 2002, he was appointed vice president for sales and marketing, and in November 2004 he became a vice president for publishing, with responsibility for 13 newspapers, also serving as publisher of The Times in Northwest Indiana. In 2005, Suburban Newspapers of America honored The Times as Newspaper of the Year.
Kevin is active in many civic and industry organizations. His charitable and civic involvement includes serving on the board of directors of Ladue Education Foundation, The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, Regional Business Council, St. Louis Regional Chamber, St. Louis Sports Commission, St. Louis Variety, and Old Newsboys Day Children’s Charity. He is a journalism graduate of Western Illinois University. Kevin and his wife, Linda, have four children.
MICHAEL G. ABERNATHY
Landmark Community Newspapers
Michael Abernathy is president of Landmark Publishing Group and Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc (LCNI). Michael has been president of LCNI since 2001 and was executive vice president before moving into his current position. He assumed his role as president of Landmark Publishing Group in November 2008.
Michael has been with Landmark Media Enterprises for more than 25 years, beginning his career as an advertising account executive for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. He has held numerous positions in advertising and production management and was general manager of the Targeted Publishing Division.
MICHAEL J. CHRISTMAN JR.
President and CEO, Fort Wayne Newspapers
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Michael (Mike) Christman serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Fort Wayne Newspapers and Publisher of the News-Sentinel. Mike assumed these positions in September of 2006. As a hands-on leader who is able to keep his team focused and productive, Mike rapidly transformed the company into operationally efficient and productive business. Skilled in negotiating alliances and partnerships, Mike has been able to capture opportunities and catapult the business into new ventures.
During his tenure at Fort Wayne he oversaw the construction of a new state-of-the-art production facility located in downtown Fort Wayne that is now printing several daily newspaper publications and other print products. He has developed an events business that continues to grow.
Christman brings a long history of building successful operations during his career. Prior to joining Fort Wayne Newspapers, he held the position of Regional Publisher for Ogden Newspapers and was Publisher of the Parkersburg News & Sentinel in Parkersburg, West Virginia. From 1999-2000, he was Publisher of the Salem News in Salem, Ohio. He was also instrumental in the start up and development of Ogden Directories, a division of Ogden Newspapers from 1990-1998, that now publishes over sixty directories in over ten different states.
Christman has led many organizations and held various board positions over his career. He currently sits on the Greater Fort Wayne, Inc (Chamber) executive board, Greater Fort Wayne Chamber Foundation board, Junior Achievement of Fort Wayne, and Secretary of the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation. Mike has been the past president of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Northeast Indiana Corporate Council and Regional Chamber.
Mike was honored in 2011 to the Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts Wall of Fame in 2011-2012. Also under his tenure Fort Wayne Newspapers received the 2012 Centennial Torch Award from the Fort Wayne better Business Bureau (BBB)
Chief Executive Officer, Calkins Media, Inc.
Mark Contreras is Chief Executive Officer of Calkins Media, Inc. He joined Calkins Media in 2011. Prior to Calkins, Contreras served as Senior Vice President/Newspapers for The E.W. Scripps Company in Cincinnati, OH. He was also Senior Vice President of Pulitzer, Inc. in St. Louis, MO; and worked for more than a decade with Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. in newspaper leadership roles in Pontiac, MI, Kansas City, MO and served as President and Publisher of The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Contreras served as Chair of the Newspaper Association of America and The American Press Institute, and is a 1998 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and earned a MBA from Harvard Business School.
President and COO, GateHouse Media Inc.
After spending his first 8 years in publishing as a circulation and marketing executive, Kirk served as publisher from 1990-1996 with dailies located in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California. In 1996, Kirk was recruited by Fidelity Capital (now Devonshire Investors), a subsidiary of Fidelity Investments, to become president of their TAB newspaper group in the Boston area, which was part of Community Newspaper Company (CNC). He was later named president of CNC in 1998, as the company grew to 113 daily, weekly and specialty publications, along with its townonline.com community web sites serving Eastern Massachusetts towns.
In 2004, Kirk was named CEO of Boston-based Enterprise NewsMedia (ENM), a multimedia company owned by Heritage Partners, Inc., a private equity firm in Boston, MA. While there, he developed a go-to-market community web platform to serve Southeastern Massachusetts towns under the domain Wicked Local.
GateHouse Media, based in Fairport, NY, acquired both Enterprise NewsMedia from Heritage Partners and Community Newspaper Company (CNC) from Herald Media in 2006 and named Kirk as CEO of GateHouse Media New England.
In January 2009, Kirk was promoted to President and COO for the parent company, GateHouse Media, Inc., headquartered in Fairport, New York. GateHouse Media is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by its 79 daily publications, 257 weekly newspapers 95 shoppers, 6 yellow page directories and over 400 locally focused websites. GateHouse Media currently serves local audiences of more than 10 million per week across 21 states through several hundred community publications and local websites. The company’s business model is to be the preeminent provider of local content and advertising in the small and midsize markets it serves.
Last year GateHouse Media launched Propel Marketing, a local online marketing company providing digital solutions to small and medium sized businesses. GateHouse Media also brought to market Adhance Media. Adhance Media is a private ad exchange that brings together media companies who are looking to maximize revenue from excess ad inventory. Adhance brings together a community of premium, hyper-local sites, representing quality demographic and geographic targeting ability to national brands. This results in higher revenue that typically would not be available through other remnant programs.
Kirk attended Wright State University and Ohio University. He is past chairman of the board for the Suburban Newspapers of America (SNA) and currently serves on the board of the Association for Audited Media (AAM, formerly ABC). AAM is a forum of the world’s leading magazine, newspaper and digital publishers, advertisers and advertising agencies.
Most recently, Kirk received the Borrell Associates Award of Merit for Innovation, which was presented to him at their 2013 Local Online Advertising Conference.
Vice President, Customer Care and Logistics, The Washington Post
Gregg Fernandes is the Vice President for Customer Care and Logistics for The Washington Post. He has more than 29 years of experience in the newspaper industry and has worked in all capacities of Circulation and Marketing.
Gregg is responsible for all aspects of The Washington Post’s relationship with its customers, including consumer marketing, delivery operations and customer service. He oversees The Washington Post Print Operations, Distribution, Transportation and Third Party Affiliates.
Gregg earned his BA in Behavioral Science, and an MA in Administration from The University of Maryland at College Park and a JD from The University of Maryland Francis Carey King School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland Bar.
Gregg and his wife, Roslyn have two children: Caitlyn and Michael.
Pioneer News Group
Mike Gugliotto has been the president and CEO of Pioneer News Group since 2009. Prior to joining Pioneer in 2002 as COO, Mike was vice president and general manager for Lehman Communications and the Daily Times-Call in Longmont, Colo. He has more than 25 years of media experience in various capacities.
Mike is a member of the advisory committee of the University of Washington School Of Communications and a member of the Board of Trustees for Washington State University. He is a member of the board of directors of the Newspaper Association of America, the American Press Institute and the Inland Press Association. Mike graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism. He is married and has two children.
President and Publisher, The Tennessean and TN Media
Laura Hollingsworth is President and Publisher of the Tennessean and TN Media. In addition, she is Central Group President for Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing Division with oversight responsibilities for a total of 26 media markets in nine states. She joined the Gannett Company, which owns The Tennessean, in June, 1989 and worked in Wisconsin, Washington State, Illinois, Michigan and Iowa markets in progressive leadership positions. She was President and Publisher of Des Moines Register Media for six years prior to arriving in Nashville in May of 2013.
Executive Vice President, Cox Media Group Inc.
Mike Joseph is Cox Media Group’s (CMG) Executive Vice President at the company’s headquarters in Atlanta. In this role, he is responsible for all of CMG’s newspapers, including the AJC, The Austin American-Statesman, Palm Beach Newspapers, and all CMG Ohio media platforms like the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and all radio stations. This also includes CMG’s radio stations in Louisville.
Prior to this position, Joseph was Publisher at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the AJC in May 2009 as president and general manager overseeing all of the company’s business operations including advertising, marketing, circulation, production, business office, information technology, and human resources. He was named publisher of the AJC in July 2009.
Prior to joining the AJC, Joseph was president and chief executive officer of Cox Ohio Publishing and publisher of the Dayton Daily News.
Joseph began his career at Cox in 1995 and served a number of roles. While in Dayton, he was responsible for business operations, including advertising sales, distribution, manufacturing, finance, information systems and human resources. He also oversaw the planning, design and operations of Cox Ohio’s Print Technology Center, which produces the company’s four daily and eight weekly newspapers, as well as the regional edition of The New York Times. Prior to joining Cox, he worked for Pioneer Press Newspapers in Illinois.
Currently, Joseph sits on the boards of United Way and the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce. While in Ohio, Joseph served on the Board of Trustees for the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, the Dayton Art Institute and the Ohio Newspaper Association. He was also a member of the Dayton Business Committee, a local CEO roundtable group. Joseph is also a past member of the International Newspaper Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the manufacturing operations of the newspaper industry.
Mike and his wife, Kate, have two children, Molly and Jonathan.
President, Morris Publishing Group, LLC
Mr. Derek May has been with the Morris group for 27 years, serving in many management capacities including technology, circulation, advertising sales and news in a number of Morris markets. He is a former publisher and served as assistant to the president before taking over as executive vice-president of Morris Publishing in 2011. Most recently, Mr. May has been named President of Morris Publishing Group.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, A.H. Belo Corporation
James M. Moroney III is the chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer of A. H. Belo Corporation. He has held this position since September 2013. He served as executive vice president of A. H. Belo beginning November 2007. He continues to serve as publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Dallas Morning News, a position he has held since June 2001.
Moroney began his career with Belo as a sales trainee at WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth.
In April 2004, Editor & Publisher selected Moroney as Publisher of the Year for his accomplishments at The Dallas Morning News. In 2012, he received the Frank W. Mayborn Award from The Texas Daily Newspaper Association for Community Leadership.
Moroney graduated from Stanford University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. In 1983 he received his Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.
Moroney and his wife, Barbara Bass Moroney, have five children: Sean, Meagan, Kyle, and twins Callie and Jenny.
Schurz Communications Inc.
South Bend, Ind.
Todd F. Schurz was named president and CEO of Schurz Communications Inc. on July 1, 2007. Previously, Todd was president and COO of Schurz Communications Inc., a diversified privately-owned, communications company with 11 daily and seven weekly newspapers, 11 television stations, 13 radio stations, three cable companies, shopping guide publications, phone directories, a printing company, and numerous digital operations. Geographically, Schurz Communications has a presence in Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Virginia.
Prior to joining Schurz Communications Inc. in 1989, Todd worked for the Times Journal Company in Springfield, Va., and for the New York Daily News during graduate school. He was the president and publisher of Associated Desert Shoppers in Palm Desert, Calif., from 1991 to 1995. He served as the president, editor and publisher of the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune from 1995 until 2000. He became the corporate vice president of technology and business development from 2000 to 2005, and president and general manager of WSBT Television from 2002 to 2005.
Todd was born in San Francisco, attended Brown University in Rhode Island, and graduated in 1983 with a B.A. in history and economics. He later received his MBA in 1989 from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with majors in marketing and management.
Todd currently serves on the boards of the CBS Television Network Affiliates Association, the Mutual Insurance Company Limited, Herschend Family Entertainment, Beacon Health Ventures, and University of Notre Dame College of Arts & Letters Advisory Council. He has served on the boards of the Indiana Broadcasters Association, Hoosier State Press Associations Foundation (also a past president), Newspaper Association of American New Media Federation, and the Open Mobile Video Coalition. He is a former chair of the Memorial Hospital board, the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County, The Poynter Institute’s National Advisory Board, and the coordinating committee for the Regional Approach to Progress. He received the 2002 Distinguished Service Award from the Hoosier State Press Association. He has served on numerous other community organization boards, including United Way, Project Future, Community Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Todd and his wife Stephanie have two children, Anthony and Caroline. His family attends Grace United Methodist Church.
Chief Financial Officer, Dow Jones & Company Inc.
New York, N.Y.
Anna Sedgley is Chief Financial Officer of Dow Jones, a position she has held since December 2012. In this role, Ms. Sedgley is responsible for the preparing and reporting of the company’s financial performance, managing treasury and taxation matters and providing strategic guidance, forecasts and analytical insight to support business performance.
Ms. Sedgley is a member of the News Media Alliance board of directors. She joined Dow Jones in October 2009 as Vice President, Finance, after 10 years at BskyB, now known as Sky, which is part of 21st Century Fox. At Sky she provided financial support for a number of business functions including marketing, circulation, supply chain and technology.
Ms. Sedgley began her career as a trainee chartered accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. After qualification, she spent two years working in finance at Debenhams PLC, a leading U.K. department store.
She is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, Australia.