2018-19 News Media Alliance Board of Directors

2018-19 News Media Alliance Board of Directors

TERRY KROEGER
Chairman

President and CEO, BH Media Group
Omaha, Neb.

Terry Kroeger is CEO of BH Media Group and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska’s largest newspaper. Kroeger joined the Omaha World-Herald Co. in 1985 and was named CEO in 2008. BH Media Group, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is the ninth-largest newspaper group in the nation. Kroeger is very active in the Omaha community and the newspaper industry.

MICHAEL J. KLINGENSMITH
Past Chair

Publisher and CEO, Star Tribune
Minneapolis, Minn.

Michael J. Klingensmith is publisher and CEO of Star Tribune Media Company LLC with overall responsibility for all news and business operations of the company. Klingensmith, a native of the Twin Cities, joined the Star Tribune in January 2010 after spending most of his more than 30-year career in publishing with Time Inc. in New York City. Klingensmith is also Chairman of the Board of the News Media Alliance.

Within Time, Inc., Klingensmith held various management positions, including general manager of Time Magazine and CFO of Time Inc. He was the co-developer of the concept for Entertainment Weekly and became its founding publisher in 1989, leading the magazine through its launch and emergence as one of the company’s most profitable titles.

In 1998, he was named president of Sports Illustrated, where he helped establish the highly profitable SI.com online business. In 2001, he became executive vice president at Time Inc. He left the company in 2008 and was a managing director of AdMedia Partners, a New York mergers and acquisition advisory firm, prior to joining the Star Tribune.
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MARK E. ALDAM
Vice Chairman

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hearst
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.

ANNA SEDGLEY
Secretary

Chief Operating Officer, Dow Jones & Company Inc.
New York, N.Y.

Anna Sedgley is the Chief Operating Officer of Dow Jones, a role she assumed in January 2017.  She was previously Chief Financial Officer and held the dual roles of COO and CFO until November 2017.

As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Sedgley leads the Dow Jones Operations Group and oversees the Print Products and Services unit, legal and risk management services as well as technology, facilities and security 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.
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KIRK DAVIS
Treasurer

Chief Executive Officer, GateHouse Media
Needham, Mass.

Kirk Davis was named CEO of GateHouse Media in 2014. Kirk joined the company in 2006 as the leader of its New England operations and was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of GateHouse Media in 2009. Prior to joining GateHouse, Kirk was CEO of Enterprise News Media LLC in Quincy, Mass.

From 1995-2001, he held a variety of positions with Community Newspaper Company, a division of Fidelity Investments, where he served as President from 1998-2001. Previously, Kirk held a variety of senior management positions with Ingersoll Publications and Thomson Newspapers. He began his career at the Lancaster (Ohio) Eagle-Gazette, his hometown paper. Kirk currently sits on the boards of the Associated Press and the News Media Alliance. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the Local Media Association and previously served on the board of the Alliance for Audited Media.
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KEVIN MOWBRAY
Chairman, American Press Institute

President and Chief Executive Officer, Lee Enterprises
Davenport, Iowa

Kevin Mowbray was elected president and chief executive officer in 2016, having served as executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2013. He previously was publisher of Lee’s largest newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, since 2006.

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.
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MICHAEL G. ABERNATHY

President, Landmark Community Newspapers
Shelbyville, Ky.

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.
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DONNA BARRETT
Past Chair

President and CEO, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.
Montgomery, Ala.

Donna Barrett assumed her role as president and chief executive officer of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. in January 2006. Previously she held the position of senior vice president and chief operating officer. In addition to her duties at CNHI, Donna is active in the newspaper industry and serves on the boards of directors of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, The Associated Press and the American Press Institute.

JENNIFER BERTETTO

President and Chief Executive Officer, Trib Total Media
Warrendale, PA

Jennifer Bertetto is a 26-year veteran of the newspaper industry. In 1992, her career began in the Sports Department of the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum, PA. Jennifer’s first job in the business was taking baseball scores for the local baseball and soccer leagues at the age of sixteen.

In 1997, Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

In 1998, Jennifer was hired by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as an entry level local sales representative, servicing out-of-market accounts. By 2001, Jennifer was promoted to manage the Local Retail Sales Team in the Northern Allegheny County geographical region.

In 2003, Jennifer joined the Corporate Sales Force as a Major and National Sales Executive where she was the top sales person for two years, growing her annual revenue 25% and 7%, respectively. Jennifer was named both the Director’s Award winner and President’s Award winner in 2003 (for highest sales revenue and highest lineage company-wide).

In 2005, Jennifer was asked to return to management as the Ad Director for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. During this time, the advertising department moved to a Universal Rate Card and Dollar Volume Contracting model under Jennifer’s guidance while consolidating 9 different sales departments into one department – creating the company now known as “Trib Total Media”. During her tenure in this role, Jennifer also converted the outside sales force to a straight commission program and effectively reduced the sales force from 152 outside reps to 43 outside reps.

In 2010, Jennifer became Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Trib Total Media – overseeing all aspects of the business division including production, circulation, marketing, advertising, new product development and lean efficiency. Some highlights during her tenure have included becoming the largest regional newspaper 6 days per week (ousting the Post Gazette from this long held position); overseeing the installation of Miles 33 for the advertising and accounting departments, a DTI installation for the newsroom; launching an on-line only sports talk radio station, and the installation of a new community press at Trib Total Media’s Regional Packaging Facility, and bringing distribution back in-house.

Jennifer was promoted in 2015 to her current role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Trib Total Media. She has overseen two phases of transformation within Trib Total Media during this time. In 2015, the company sold off several of their daily newspapers and reduced their home delivery footprint in Allegheny and Westmoreland County in an effort to streamline expenses and migrate to new content delivery options. In 2016, the company made the move to all digital for its Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh edition.

Jennifer also serves as the President of 535media, an affiliate of Trib Total Media which focuses on digital products, services and innovation as well as owning its own website, www.upgruv.com. She is also the Vice-President of InvenGlobal, an e-gaming and video game based website (www.invenglobal.com) in which 535media is an investor.

Trib Total Media employs over 450 individuals in Western Pennsylvania and has 2 daily newspapers, over 40 weekly publications, several websites such as www.triblive.comwww.pghtrib.comwww.pittsburghautosuperstore.com and www.pittsburghpennysaver.com, a promotional products division, and web based radio station, www.tribliveradio.com. The Trib’s print products reach over a half a million homes each week and its online presence reaches 2.5 million unique users each month.

Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania News Media Association and for the News Media Alliance. She also serves as the Secretary on the Board of Trustees for the National Aviary and as the Vice-President of The National Flag Foundation. Jennifer is presently seated on the University of Pittsburgh Board of Visitors for the Kenneth P. Dietrich College of Arts and Sciences.

Jennifer resides in Lower Burrell with her husband of 19 years, Keith.
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ANTOINETTE "TONI" BUSH

Executive Vice President and Global Head of Government Affairs, News Corp
New York, NY

Antoinette (Toni) Bush is the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Government Affairs for News Corp. Ms. Bush is responsible for leading the company’s government relations efforts in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. She serves on the company’s executive leadership committee.

Ms. Bush joined News Corp from Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP, where, over her nearly 20-year tenure, she rose to become the Partner in charge of its Communications Group. She represented global media/entertainment and telecom entities in regulatory, legislative and transactional matters.

Ms. Bush also served as Executive Vice President of Northpoint Technology Ltd. from 2001 to 2003, where she led legal and regulatory strategies. Previously, Ms. Bush served as Senior Counsel to the Communications Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which has oversight for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). She worked on numerous bills, including the landmark Cable Act of 1992, the Children’s Television Act of 1990, and authorizing legislation for the FCC, the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA), and Public Broadcasting.

Ms. Bush chairs the board of directors of The HistoryMakers and serves on the boards of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, The Newseum, The Media Institute and The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.

Ms. Bush is married to Dwight Bush Sr. and has two children. She holds a J.D. from Northwestern University Law School and a B.A. from Wellesley College.
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ROLAND A. CAPUTO

Executive Vice President, Print Products and Services, The New York Times
New York, NY

Roland A. Caputo was named executive vice president of the Print Products and Services Group in March 2013. Previously, Mr. Caputo served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for The New York Times Media Group where he was responsible for the financial functions at The New York Times, nytimes.com, and The International Herald Tribune. Prior to that, Mr. Caputo had served as vice president and chief financial officer for the newspaper from January 2006 until November 2008. Mr. Caputo had been vice president of circulation fulfillment services since June 2001, where he was responsible for home delivery operations nationwide, as well as retail transportation and distribution outside of the New York metropolitan area.

In January of 1999, Mr. Caputo was named president of The New York Times’s City & Suburban Delivery Systems Inc. after having served as the group director and plant manager of The Times’s Edison plant since September 1996. In that role he was responsible for all aspects of the facility’s production and maintenance.

Before that, he held several management positions in production & labor relations. Mr. Caputo joined The Times in May 1986 as a financial analyst.

Mr. Caputo received a B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York (SUNY) and an M.B.A. in finance and applied economics from the University of Rochester.

Mr. Caputo lives with his wife and children in Larchmont, N.Y.
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ANN CAULKINS

President and Publisher, Charlotte Observer
Charlotte, NC

Ann Caulkins serves as the President and Publisher of The Charlotte Observer, a 131-year-old newspaper with a national reputation for news excellence. Ms. Caulkins has been Publisher of The Charlotte Observer since 2006. Prior to The Observer, Ms. Caulkins served as President and Publisher of The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina and before that she spent five years in Lexington, Kentucky at The Herald-Leader, first as Advertising Director and then as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. She began her newspaper career at the Fort Worth Star Telegram in 1984. She is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor’s degree in Oral Communications.

Ms. Caulkins currently serves on the Charlotte Chamber Board of Directors, the Charlotte Regional Partnership Board of Directors, Queens University School of Communication Advisory Board, the Fletcher School Board of Trustees and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communications Board of Advisors. She is a past Board Chairman of the Levine Museum of the New South and is a member of the International Women’s Forum, the Women’s Impact Fund and Charlotte’s Women Executives.

In March 2012, Ann was named the 2011 Queens University Business Woman of the Year.

Ms. Caulkins is married to Kelley Anderson and they have two sons, Porter Anderson and Miller Anderson.
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JUSTIN C. DEARBORN

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, tronc, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Justin Dearborn is the Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of tronc. Dearborn was appointed as CEO in February 2016. Prior to tronc, Dearborn served as Chief Executive Officer of Merge Healthcare. During his tenure, Dearborn led the company through a period of transformation and sustainable growth. Merge was acquired by IBM in October of 2015 in a $1 billion transaction and was integrated into IBM’s Watson Health division to deliver intuitive, cognitive computing solutions to healthcare providers.

Before joining Merge Healthcare, Mr. Dearborn served as Managing Director and General Counsel at Merrick Ventures, LLC. Prior to his roles at Merrick Ventures, Mr. Dearborn served in various executive senior management positions for Click Commerce, Inc., a publicly traded software and services company. Mr. Dearborn was appointed Corporate Secretary of Click Commerce in May 2003.

Prior to Click Commerce, Mr. Dearborn worked at Motorola, Inc. where he specialized in intellectual property transactions and held management positions in Motorola’s Semiconductor and Government Groups.
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TERRY EGGER

Chief Executive Officer and Publisher, Philadelphia Media Network
Philadelphia, PA

Terrance C.Z. “Terry” Egger is the Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of Philadelphia Media Network, PBC (PMN), the parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. PMN is owned by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the first-of-its-kind organization whose sole mission is to develop and support sustainable business models for great local journalism.

Egger spent more than three decades in the news business as a publisher, advertising executive and marketing director, and most recently served as principal of CZ Advisors, a Cleveland-based consulting firm. He served as the President and CEO of the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, Inc., where he helped lead the successful effort to secure Cleveland’s bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Egger spent eight years leading the parent company of The Plain-Dealer in Cleveland, and before that served for 10 years in a similar capacity at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was also a newspaper executive in Tucson, Arizona.

In 2013, Egger retired as Chairman of The Plain Dealer Publishing Co. where he was responsible for the overall policy, operation and direction of Ohio’s largest newspaper. He joined that newspaper in May 2006 and served as its President, Publisher and CEO.

Prior to The Plain Dealer, he served as the President and Publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which he joined in 1996. In St. Louis, he was responsible for all operations, including the Post-Dispatch newspaper, STLtoday.com, STL Distribution LLC and Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis.

Earlier in his career, Egger was Vice President of Advertising for Tucson Newspapers in Tucson, Arizona. He also worked as Marketing Services Manager and later Advertising Director for Copley Los Angeles Newspapers. He began his newspaper career at a small bi-weekly newspaper in Southern California. Prior to newspapers, he taught college communications courses in California.

Egger serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Press Institute, Board of Directors for the News Media Alliance, Board of Directors for Medical Mutual of Ohio and the Board of Directors of FutureFuel (NYSE: FF). He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is a Life Director of the Board for United Way of Greater Cleveland and served as Chairman of United Way’s Board from 2010-2012. Terry served on the Executive Committee for the Greater Cleveland Partnership and was Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee for the 2013 National Senior Games. He also served on the Board of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Museum of Art.

Terry is a native of Rock Island, Illinois. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a Master’s degree in Speech Communication from San Diego State University.

He and his wife, Renuka, have three children: Anthony, Ali and Danny.
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GREGG FERNANDES

Vice President, Customer Care and Logistics, The Washington Post
Washington, D.C.

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.
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CRAIG FORMAN

President and Chief Executive Officer, McClatchy
Sacramento, CA

Craig I. Forman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of McClatchy. Forman is a private investor and entrepreneur, a former media, technology and telecommunications executive and former Wall Street Journal bureau chief and foreign correspondent. He has held senior executive roles with Earthlink, where he served as President of the Access and Audience business and Yahoo!, where he headed News and Information, as well as Time Warner, Infoseek, and Dow Jones.

Since 2009, Forman has served as a director on a variety of public and private company boards, including mobile ad platform Digital Turbine Inc. and Yellow Media, Inc., a Canadian publisher of print and digital business directories. He continues to serve on the Yellow Media board.

Previously he served as executive chairman of WHERE, Inc., a leading mobile-advertising technology network acquired by eBay Inc. in 2011.

Forman began his career as a foreign correspondent and editor for The Wall Street Journal. He worked as a deputy bureau chief in The Wall Street Journal’s London bureau and later served as bureau chief in the newspaper’s Tokyo bureau. While based in London as the Journal‘s Deputy Bureau Chief, Forman was a member of the 1991 Persian Gulf War reporting team that was finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.
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GUY GILMORE

Chief Operating Officer, Digital First Media
Denver, CO

Guy Gilmore was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Digital First Media in October 2017. Prior to that, Gilmore, who came to the Pioneer Press in 2005, was publisher since 2007, and was also responsible for DFM’s newspapers in the eastern half of the U.S.

Before joining the Pioneer Press, he held management positions with Tribune Co. and Gannett after working his way up in the newspaper industry.

In St. Paul, Gilmore has been active in various civic endeavors, including serving as board chair of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce in 2013.

DEBBY KRENEK

Publisher, Newsday Media Group, LLC
Melville, NY

Ms. Debby Krenek serves as Publisher at Newsday Media Group. Krenek joined Newsday in 2001 as associate editor for special projects, including the creation of a Newsday website for New York City. She was promoted to managing editor three years later and was named editor-in-chief and executive vice president of digital media in 2009.  She had been serving as Co-Publisher since June 2016.

Krenek has been instrumental to the expansion of newsday.com, the creation of Newsday apps for mobile devices, and the establishment of a video journalism department, which produces Emmy-winning documentaries.

Earlier in her career, Krenek served as managing editor for features and editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News. She directed the News’ coverage of the Abner Louima police brutality case, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. She also worked at the Dallas Times Herald and Corpus Christi Caller-Times, both in her native Texas.
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GRANT S. MOISE

Executive Vice President, A. H. Belo Corporation; President & Publisher, The Dallas Morning News
Dallas, TX

Grant is currently the Executive Vice President of A. H. Belo Corporation and President and Publisher of The Dallas Morning News.  In his role, Grant is responsible for all core functions instrumental in delivering one of the nation’s best daily local news media reports combined with excellent customer service.

Previously, Grant served as General Manager of The Dallas Morning News and Senior Vice President of Business Development for A.H. Belo.  He managed mergers and acquisitions for A. H. Belo and oversaw the integration of new companies into the company’s marketing solutions ecosystem – including The Dallas Morning News core assets, as well as six new businesses that were built or acquired during the past five years. Prior to that, Grant served as the Vice President of Digital for The Dallas Morning News, where he was responsible for the monetization of all digital assets and was the Publisher of Briefing.

Before his return to The Dallas Morning News in 2008, Grant was the Vice President of Direct Channel Sales for Tribune Media Net.  In his role at The Tribune, Grant oversaw all advertising that came through traditional media buying channels which included direct business or advertising bought through full service advertising agencies.

In addition to Grant’s direct responsibilities, he also sits on the boards of: Neeley School of Business Advisory Board at TCU, and Providence Christian School of Texas and is a member of The Dallas Citizens Council.

Grant is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.  He also has an MBA from Texas Christian University.

Grant is married to his wife, Katie, and they have two daughters, Macy and Lyle and a son, Reid.
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MARK NEWHOUSE

Executive Vice President, Newspapers, Advance Publications Inc.
New York, N.Y.

Mark Newhouse is executive vice president of newspapers for Advance Publications in New York City. Previously he has worked in various capacities at Advance newspapers in Queens and Staten Island in New York, and in Portland, Ore., Harrisburg, Pa. and Newark, N.J. Mark served on the board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations from 1995 to 2004. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

MARIBEL PEREZ WADSWORTH

President, USA TODAY NETWORK & Publisher of USA TODAY
McLean, VA

Maribel was named President of USA TODAY NETWORK in November 2017 and publisher of USA TODAY in April 2018. Maribel’s role oversees the company’s consumer business. She formerly was the company’s Chief Transformation Officer (2016) and Chief Strategy Officer (2015).

A veteran journalist, Maribel has more than 20 years with Gannett and has held a variety of roles at community news organizations—from reporter to managing editor. In 2009, she transitioned to a business-side role where she led digital strategy for local newsrooms, architected the digital subscription strategy and created the Innovation Lab – in addition to overseeing content and product. In 2014, Maribel was named corporate staffer of the year. She is a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
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TODD SCHURZ

President & CEO, 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.
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ALEX SKATELL

Founder and CEO, Independent Journal Review
Alexandria, VA

Owner of Independent Journal Review a top 50 website in the country, that reaches 35+ million monthly readers. IJR.com is the most socially engaged news site in America with 50+ reporters and writers covering politics, news, culture, lifestyle, and current events from around the US. Co-founded IMGE, a full service digital agency in 2013 with a team of 40+ working with some of the world’s largest brands, associations, and campaigns. Dubbed a “wunderkind” of media tech by the New York Times, and included in Forbes 30 under 30, Fortune’s 40 under 40, and WIRED’s Tech Titans of 2016. Board Member: Clemson University Spiro Institute, the Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service, DCN, and the News Media Alliance.

DR. DIETRICH VON KLAEDEN

Senior Vice President Public Affairs, Axel Springer SE
Berlin, Germany

Dr. Dietrich von Klaeden is a leading policy strategist, media expert and journalist. At Axel Springer, he is responsible for the group-wide public affairs activities in Germany and internationally. While pursuing his legal studies, his doctorate and his legal training, Dr. von Klaeden worked initially as a reporter, correspondent and moderator for broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Following the completion of his second state exam, he served as a lawyer and counsel for the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group, as well as press spokesman and marketing head of broadcaster Südwestrundfunk. He has worked for Axel Springer since 2007, serving in various management functions, and as Senior Vice President Public Affairs since spring 2017.

BARBARA WALL

SVP and Chief Legal Officer, Gannett
McLean, VA

Barbara was named Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer in 2015. In her current role, Barbara is responsible for the legal affairs of the company, heads the corporate legal department and provides legal counsel to the board of directors, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and other senior management. She also provides advice and oversight in numerous areas including strategic transactions, securities, intellectual property, ethics, compliance, and First Amendment.

Wall has written and lectured extensively on free speech issues, intellectual property rights, and the legal issues associated with the digital transformation of the media industry.  Wall is past chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law, a member of the Board of Directors of the News Media Alliance, and has taught communications law as an adjunct professor at George Washington and American universities. In 2012, she received the First Amendment Award from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and in 2017 she was one selected by the New York County Lawyer’s Association as one of 48 “Outstanding Women in the Legal Profession” to honored at the organization’s 103rd Annual Dinner in New York City.
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DAVID CHAVERN

President and CEO, News Media Alliance
Arlington, Va.

David Chavern is president and CEO of News Media Alliance, the news industry’s largest trade organization. David joined the Alliance as president and CEO in October 2015. In addition to developing an entirely new brand and identity for the organization, Chavern has been intensely focused on telling the powerful – and optimistic – story of the news industry and offering members new products that help them run their businesses better every day.  He has been called an activist for the news industry by a national media columnist: a title that he embraces proudly.

Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce.  From 2014 to 2015, he served as the President of the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation at the Chamber.  From 2007 through 2014, Chavern was the Chamber’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and long-term planning for the 500-person advocacy organization. Chavern helped to grow total revenues by 60 percent and successfully guided the organization through intense scrutiny from both the media and activists. He also managed revenue growth and expense reductions, and ended the 2013 fiscal year with the best financial performance in the Chamber’s 100-year history. Prior to that, Chavern served as a Vice President and Chief of Staff at the Chamber, offering strategic advice and guidance to the CEO and managing daily operations of the organization.

Chavern is a member of the Board of Directors of Transamerica Insurance. He is a founding investor in Starling Trust Sciences, LLC, a company that produces data analytics tools that allow companies to measure a wide range of cultural attributes about their internal operations. A proud alum, Chavern also serves on the board of trustees of his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh.

A 1987 graduate of Villanova University’s School of Law, Chavern went on to receive his MBA from Georgetown University in 2003. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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