2019-2020 News Media Alliance Board of Directors

2019-2020 News Media Alliance Board of Directors


Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hearst
New York, N.Y.

Mark Aldam was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hearst in February 2018. He previously served as president of Hearst Newspapers and a senior vice president and director of Hearst. Hearst Newspapers, with more than 4,000 employees across the nation, publishes 24 dailies and 64 weeklies reaching (continued below)

more than 42 million unique visitors across the U.S. with related mobile websites and digital products in cities including Houston, San Francisco, San Antonio and Albany.

Previously, Aldam served as executive vice president, deputy group head of Hearst Newspapers, where he also had oversight of eight of Hearst’s properties as group publisher.

Aldam joined Hearst in 2006 as publisher of the Albany Times Union, where he served for three years. He was formerly senior vice president/chief operating officer of The Hartford Courant, owned by Tribune Publishing. Aldam joined The Hartford Courant in 1994 as advertising director and was named senior vice president/chief operating officer in 2005. Prior to that, he spent almost four years as senior vice president/general manager of the newspaper. Over the course of his career at The Courant, Aldam held positions overseeing sales, marketing and advertising.

Aldam is on the board of directors of the News Media Alliance and Nucleus Marketing Solutions, and the board of trustees of the American Press Institute.
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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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Vice Chairman

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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Chief Executive Officer and Publisher, The Philadelphia Inquirer, PBC
Philadelphia, PA

Terrance C.Z. “Terry” Egger is the Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, PBC, the parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer.com. The Philadelphia Inquirer, PBC 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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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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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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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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Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles, CA

Chris Argentieri is Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Times, overseeing all the business operations of The Times. After joining the company in late 2014, Argentieri has led initiatives to extend The Times brand and its journalism to additional platforms, collaborate with other businesses and organizations, and refine the product portfolio and marketing offerings to better serve clients. 

Argentieri brings more than 20 years of media industry experience to his role at The Times. He was previously President of The Enthusiast Network (TEN), the country's largest collection of special-interest media, which includes more than 75 publications, 100 websites, 800 branded products and 50 annual events. Prior to that, he served as TEN's Chief Operating Officer overseeing technology, consumer marketing and brand development. Earlier in his career, Argentieri held a variety of operational roles at Hearst Magazines.
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President and CEO, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.
Montgomery, AL

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.


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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CEO, Spirited Media
Philadelphia, PA

Jim Brady is the CEO of Spirited Media, a media consulting firm which operated local news sites Billy Penn in Philadelphia, The Incline in Pittsburgh and Denverite in Denver prior to selling the businesses in early 2019. Prior to founding Spirited Media, Jim has served in many roles as a media executive, including Executive Editor of washingtonpost.com, Editor in Chief of Digital First Media, General Manager of TBD, Head of News and Sports for America Online and in various other roles.

Jim also served as public editor of ESPN from 2015-18.

In 2019, Spirited Media sold Denverite to Colorado Public Radio, The Incline to digital startup Whereby.us and Billy Penn to WHYY, Philadelphia’s iconic public radio station.

During Jim's tenure at washingtonpost.com, the site won several awards. Jim was also on the original launch team of washingtonpost.com, serving as sports editor and then assistant managing editor for news from 1995 to 1999.

At Digital First Media, Jim was responsible for the overall strategy and management of the 75 daily newspapers, 292 non-daily publications and 341 online sites owned by Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group. He also built and managed the company’s Thunderdome unit, which was comprised of more than 50 digitally focused journalists charged with providing cutting-edge national content for DFM’s local properties.

Jim is a Past President of the Online News Association. He currently serves on the boards of the News Media Alliance, American Press Institute, National Press Foundation and the Local Media Association and recently concluded a four-year term as a member of the Poynter Institute’s National Advisory Board. He is also a two-time judge of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from The American University in 1989, and 21 years later, won the school’s Alumni Achievement Award.

Born in New York City and raised in Huntington, N.Y., Brady lives with his wife, Joan, in Great Falls, Va.
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President & Publisher, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC); President, Evening Post Industries Newspaper Division; Senior VP, Evening Post Industries
Charleston, SC

Pamela (P.J.) Browning became Senior Vice President with Evening Post Industries and President of Evening Post Industries Newspaper Division in July of 2013. She is also President and Publisher of The Post and Courier in Charleston.

Prior to Charleston she was President and Publisher of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, and President and Publisher at The Telegraph in Macon, GA, both owned by The McClatchy Company.

During her time with The Sun News, Browning guided the newspaper in a highly competitive market in which tourism plays a pivotal role. She also did extensive work bringing the newspaper into the digital era. Under her leadership, Macon became one of the top newspapers in terms of re-engineering operations and innovative use of the internet. Before arriving in Macon, P.J. served as President and Publisher of the Centre Daily Times in State College, PA, a Knight-Ridder owned newspaper. Her first role as Publisher was at the Sentinel in Carlisle, PA. While attending college, P.J. began her career at the News-Leader in Springfield, MO in 1984. Journalism bound with sites on attending law school, ink soon got in her blood and plans changed. P.J. worked in advertising at the News-Leader through graduation and was later promoted to a variety of positions through her 12 years at the paper before being promoted to the Advertising Director in Fort Collins, CO. Her newspaper advertising career later took her to Grand Rapids, MI and Asheville, N.C. She is a graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor of science in marketing. P.J. is married to Kerry Browning and they have three grown children, Casey, Kylie and Cody. They are also proud grandparents of four. P.J. is a resident of Mt. Pleasant. Browning currently serves on the United Way Board and Trident Technical College Board of Trustees. Browning also serves as President of 2018-2019 Southern Newspaper Publishers Association; and Vice President of 2018-2019 S.C. Press Association.
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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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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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EVP, Print Products and Enterprise Services, Dow Jones
New York, NY

Frank Filippo is EVP, Print Products and Enterprise Services for Dow Jones, where he has responsibility for the print editions of The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Financial News and WSJ. magazine. Frank also has responsibility for Global Real Estate, Facilities, Security and Customer Service.

Frank joined Dow Jones in 2005 and has held senior roles leading strategy, commercial and product management across key consumer and professional businesses.

Prior to joining Dow Jones, Mr. Filippo held senior positions at Merck & Co. and Siebel Systems where he focused on product and technology solutions. He has also held management roles in technology consulting.
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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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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.
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President & CEO, Tribune Publishing Company
Chicago, IL

Timothy P. Knight is Chief Executive Officer, President and a member of the Board of Directors of Tribune Publishing Company. Most recently, Knight served as President of the Company where he was responsible for all of the Company’s local market operations.

Knight has also served as the President of Advance Ohio, and directed the strategy, sales, marketing and content of cleveland.com, one of the largest news and information sites in Ohio.

Knight previously served as CEO of Wrapports LLC, President and CEO of Newsday Media Group and Publisher of Newsday. In addition to the daily newspaper, he was responsible for Newsday’s interactive operations, amNewYork (a free paper distributed in New York City) as well as daily papers in Greenwich and Stamford, CT. Tim led the process that resulted in the sale of Newsday Media Group by Tribune Company to Cablevision Systems Corporation for $650 million in 2008. Prior to joining Newsday in 2003, Knight held a number of senior management positions at the Tribune Company and the Chicago Tribune Media Group. He was a co-founder of and held senior management roles at Classified Ventures, LLC (parent of cars.com and apartments.com). Prior to joining Classified Ventures in 1997, Tim served as mergers and acquisitions counsel for Tribune Company.
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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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CEO, Forum Communications Company
Fargo, ND

Bill is CEO of Forum Communications Company, a family-owned media company based in Fargo, ND, which operates more than 75 daily, monthly and weekly print titles with 48 web sites, four ABC television stations, AM radio and a commercial printing division. Twenty years ago, Inforum.com was one of the first fully integrated television, newspaper and radio web sites in the country.

Today the company is reinvesting in journalism and local content, embracing its legacy of serving customers and their communities throughout North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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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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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.


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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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.
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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.
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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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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 managed numerous (and simultaneous) advocacy efforts. He also managed revenue growth and expense reductions and ended the 2013 fiscal year with record financial performance. 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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