2022-2024 News Media Alliance Board of Directors

2022-2024 News Media Alliance Board of Directors


President of News and Publisher, 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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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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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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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 & CEO, Adams Publishing Group
Minneapolis, Minn.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn., Mark Adams attended the London School of Economics and graduated from Tufts University. He also has an MBA and an MS in communications from Boston University. Following a 20-year stint in a Boston-based private equity firm specializing in media, Adams became a consultant for various publishing businesses regarding sales and marketing management, circulation strategies, finance and restructuring, and content and digital development. In late 2013, with backing from his family, Adams launched APG.

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Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Postmedia Network Canada Corp.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ms. Akai joined Postmedia’s predecessor company in 2006 and added corporate secretarial duties to her legal affairs responsibilities in 2010. She was appointed Postmedia’s Chief Administrative Officer in February 2018, adding to her existing role as General Counsel which she has held since November 2016. Ms. Akai is responsible for Postmedia’s legal and regulatory affairs, corporate governance, human resources and risk management.

Ms. Akai currently serves as Chair of the Board of Hydrocephalus Canada and as a Director on the Board of News Media Alliance. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Akai was with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (now Dentons Canada LLP) practicing corporate commercial law including mergers and acquisitions and specializing in technology and intellectual property matters. Ms. Akai holds a joint Bachelor of Laws (LLB)/MBA from Osgoode Hall Law School/Schulich School of Business (York University).
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President and Chief Operating Officer, California Times
Los Angeles, CA

Chris Argentieri is President of California Times, which includes the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune. He was appointed President of California Times in November 2019. He retains the title of COO. Argentieri joined the Los Angeles Times in late 2014 as general manager and has served as Chief Operating Officer since June 2018. 

Since joining the company, 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 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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Chief Operating Officer, McClatchy Company
Sacramento, Cal.

Jeffrey K. Dorsey is Chief Operating Officer for McClatchy Company, a Sacramento CA, based publishing company operating several newspapers and digital based assets.  Mr. Dorsey started his employment with McClatchy in September 2020 serving as SVP of Transformation. Prior to starting with McClatchy, Mr. Dorsey was President of Dass Inc, a management/technology consulting and solutions delivery firm. 

Mr. Dorsey has nearly 20 years of media related business experience having served in numerous cross functional middle-to-senior level management roles with Tribune Publishing Company, as well as Tribune Company, including having served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) & SVP at Tribune Publishing Company from 2015 to 2017.  Mr. Dorsey holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor degree from Purdue University in Industrial Management.  He also is a former Certified Internal Auditor.  Mr. Dorsey currently serves on the board for RR Donnelley, News Media Alliance and Timothy Christian Schools. 
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Vice President, Distribution & Customer Care, The Washington Post Company
Washington, D.C.

Gregg Fernandes is the Vice President for Distribution & Customer Care for The Washington Post Company. 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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Chief Legal Officer, Vox Media, LLC.
Washington, D.C.

Lauren has been with Vox Media for 12 years. She and her Legal & Business Affairs Team have advised the company through tremendous growth as it has expanded to a dozen distinct media brands across all digital platforms (including the New York Media properties which became part of Vox Media late last year), launched groundbreaking new digital advertising products, entered the complex world of television and entertainment programming, ramped up two SaaS platform businesses, and added New York Media's consumer revenue businesses - including New York Magazine - to its portfolio.

Prior to joining Vox Media, Lauren spent 7 years working at AOL where she led the team that managed wide-ranging intellectual property matters, complex technology deals, and various aspects of new media law. Lauren has served as the co-chair of the MLRC Committee on Copyrights and Trademarks for the past couple of years and is also a member of the Program Committee for the Entertainment & Media General Counsel Forum. She is also working with the ABA Media and Communications Law Committee and the MLRC to increase diversity at all levels of the Media Bar. She is a frequent speaker on issues involving intellectual property rights, digital media, and scaling legal support in a high-growth environment. Lauren holds her J.D. from the University of Chicago where she was a published member of the law review, and her B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in political history and concentrated on marketing and economics at The Wharton School. 
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CEO, Tampa Bay Times – Times Publishing Co.
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Conan Gallaty is CEO of Tampa Bay Times - Times Publishing Co. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the business operations of the company, including advertising, circulation and operations.

Prior to his current role, Conan was Chief Digital Officer for the Tampa Bay Times and Executive Vice President of Times Publishing Company. He oversaw all digital strategy, development and IT infrastructure. Prior to Times Publishing Company, he was President of Digital for WEHCO Media, Inc., directing all internet operations, editorial and sales for WEHCO’s 14 daily newspapers, 11 digital agencies and cable systems across six states.

He has also held the role of Director of Online Strategy and Operations for Herald-Tribune Media Group, then a division of the New York Times Regional Media Group as well as Online Director for The Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Georgia. In more than 20 years working in digital media, Conan has received numerous awards for his work in news coverage, design, and advertising innovation. Conan began his career as a journalist, starting in the newsroom of the News-Tribune in his hometown of Rome, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in Journalism and Business.
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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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SVP, Chief of Staff to the CEO, The New York Times
New York, NY

Rebecca Grossman-Cohen is the Chief of Staff to Meredith Kopit Levien, CEO of The New York Times. She has been at The Times since 2014 as a leader in the marketing department, helping to build and accelerate the success of the digital subscription business. As Chief of Staff she runs the office of the CEO, and leads relationships and strategic work with big platform partners including Google, Facebook, Apple. 

Previous to The Times, Rebecca was Vice President of Partner Relations at News Corp, Vice President of Marketing at The Daily, and Executive Director of Marketing at The New Republic. She has also worked in strategy and development roles for the Associated Press and NPR. Rebecca has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where she was awarded the McCormick Fellow for Media Management at Northwestern. In 2018 she was recognized as a Working Mother of the Year by She Runs It. She previously served as the chair of the Women’s Network at The Times, and on the advisory board of Girls Who Code. She lives with her husband Dan, and their daughters Hazel and Lila, in Brooklyn.
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Publisher, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta, Ga.

Donna Hall is the Publisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Donna’s 33-year career with Cox began as an advertising Account Executive for the Dayton Daily News.  Two years later, she transferred to radio, also as an Account Executive.  After serving as National Sales Manager, Local Sales Manager and General Sales Manager, she became the VP/GM of the Dayton radio cluster in 1997 and continued in that role for 13 years. 

As Cox brought their radio, TV and newspaper operations together in Dayton in 2010, she became the SVP of Marketing and Client Solutions and later added Audience in a fully converged role overseeing newspaper circulation, TV programming and Creative Services, radio promotions and B2B/B2C research and marketing for all platforms.  Donna returned to CMG as the VP/GM of Atlanta’s Radio cluster in October 2014 from sister company Cox Media, the media sales division for Cox Communications, where she was the Group Vice President for sales for Cox Media.  There, she oversaw half of Cox Media’s media sales markets. In 2018, Donna’s role expanded to Vice President of Marketing and Radio/Newspaper Operations for Cox Media Group, Atlanta. Donna learned the importance of a strong work ethic growing up on a farm in southwest Ohio.  She took an unconventional route to her college education.  She began working in the newspaper business upon high school graduation and after working in media for 28 years, the UGA Terry School of Business accepted her work experience as an equivalent to an undergrad degree and accepted her into their EMBA program.  She graduated with an MBA in 2015.  She lives in East Cobb near Atlanta with her husband and two sons.
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Publisher and CEO, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, Penn.

As Publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Hughes brings to the role an impressive track record, having successfully transitioned an iconic print brand into a multi-platform, profitable business. Hughes is the first woman Publisher and Chief Executive Officer in The Inquirer’s 190-year history.

Hughes is known as a skilled business executive who values and respects journalism. 

Under her nine-year leadership, The New Yorker, owned by Condé Nast, grew from a largely print-only magazine into a multimedia enterprise. Over the past decade, The New Yorker revamped its website and paid digital content strategy and built award-winning mobile apps.  Hughes launched the acclaimed New Yorker Radio Hour and Podcast, and restructured The New Yorker Festival into a profitable business. She left the company at the end of 2017. Prior to The New Yorker, Hughes served as VP Publisher of Condé Nast Traveler for 10 years, steering that magazine through the most successful period in its history.
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Chairman & CEO, McClatchy
Sacramento, Ca.

Tony Hunter is Chairman and CEO of McClatchy. He is an accomplished operating executive with extensive experience successfully leading large scale media organizations. He joined the Tribune Company in 1994, rising the ranks to Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Publishing and Publisher of the Chicago Tribune, a role he held from 2008 to 2016.

During his tenure at Tribune, he led the company through bankruptcy amid a global recession and transformed the traditional publishing business into a thriving and competitive media and business services company. Tony led the reinvention of Tribune's business model in a rapidly evolving business environment, investing in local differentiated content, new digital products and services, and brokering innovative strategic partnerships and initiatives. Previously, Tony served as Chairman of Nucleus Marketing Solutions, a collaborative venture between McClatchy, Gannett, Hearst, and Tribune, from 2016 to 2019, as well as Chairman of the News Media Alliance and a member of the Board of the Alliance for Audited Media. He serves on the Board of Metropolitan Family Services and is a former board member of United Way of Metro Chicago. Tony earned a B.A. from Coe College, an M.B.A. from DePaul University, and is a non-practicing CPA.
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Senior Vice President, Hearst - President, Hearst Newspapers
New York, NY

Jeffrey M. Johnson is a senior vice president of Hearst and the president and group head of Hearst Newspapers. Johnson previously served as the publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle. He came to the Chronicle in 2013 after a 25-year career in publishing, including serving as president, publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, and six years of work in private equity at the Yucaipa Companies. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and undergraduate accounting degree from the University of Illinois.

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Journalist, Co-Founder, URL Media
New York, NY

S. Mitra Kalita is a veteran journalist, media executive, prolific commentator and author of two books. Once described as “wonderfully blunt” by CNN anchor Brian Stelter, she is a change agent, loves writing headlines and framing stories, and blends digital strategy and audience-centric approaches while advocating for diversity and better management of our newsrooms. Recently, she launched Epicenter-NYC, a newsletter to help New Yorkers get through the pandemic. Mitra has also recently co-founded a new media company called URL Media, a network of Black and Brown owned media organizations that share content, distribution and revenues to increase their long-term sustainability. 

She's on the board of the Philadelphia Inquirer and writes a weekly column for Fortune. Mitra was most recently SVP at CNN Digital, overseeing the national news, breaking news, programming, opinion and features teams. She led the launch of Live Story, a tool that helps audiences follow stories in real time. Her philosophy on the “arc of a story” has been cited and emulated in news outlets across the country. Mitra has been a board member and visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, teaching in its women’s academy, program for journalists of color and a seminar for new managers. She teaches in the accelerator program of the Online News Association. She’s been an adjunct at Columbia Journalism School, St. John’s University, CUNY Journalism School and UMass-Amherst. She was previously managing editor for editorial strategy at the Los Angeles Times. She served as the executive editor (at large) for Quartz, Atlantic Media’s global economy site, and was its founding ideas editor. She also oversaw the launches of Quartz India and Quartz Africa. She worked previously at the Wall Street Journal, where she directed coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and reported on the housing crisis as a senior writer. She was a founding editor of Mint, a business paper in New Delhi, and has previously worked for the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. She is the author of two books related to migration and globalization. She previously served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association. Born in Brooklyn, Mitra was raised in Long Island, Puerto Rico and New Jersey—with regular trips to her grandparents’ villages in Assam, India. Jackson Heights has been home, on and off, for the last 20 years. She is married to the artist Nitin Mukul and they have two daughters and one mutt. She tweets @mitrakalita.
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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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Executive Vice President, New Media & General Counsel, Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
Boston, Mass.

Dan Krockmalnic is the Executive Vice President, New Media & General Counsel of Boston Globe Media Partners, the publisher of The Boston Globe and STAT, the world's leading source for health, medicine, and life sciences news. As the Globe's General Counsel since 2017, Dan oversees all legal affairs, including newsroom, labor, intellectual property, privacy, and litigation matters. He also leads the company's work on legislative and advocacy issues affecting the news publishing business.

Dan was named Executive Vice President of New Media in 2020. In this role, Dan has company-wide business-side oversight for developing projects for television, film, podcasts, and other media. In 2021, Dan was elected Secretary of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association, after serving on its Executive Committee since 2017. Prior to joining the Globe, Dan worked at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray, and as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. Dan was born in Bucharest, Romania, and emigrated with his parents to the USA as an infant on a refugee visa. His family settled in Boston, where years later his first job was as a paperboy for the Globe. He first appeared in its pages as a high school Globe All- Scholastic in track and field, and went on to attend Harvard College (magna cum laude , 2002) and Columbia Law School (2006). He now lives outside of Boston with his wife, Tamar Dor-Ner, and two sons, Felix and Gideon.
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President & 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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EVP, A. H. Belo Corp.; CEO, DallasNews Corp.; President & Publisher, The Dallas Morning News
Dallas, TX

Grant is currently the Executive Vice President of A. H. Belo Corporation, CEO of DallasNews 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, NY

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.


VP & Head Digital Officer, Deseret News
Salt Lake City, Utah

Burke Olsen has been a vice president and the head digital officer at the Deseret News since December 2016. Previously, he was general manager of Deseret News digital products and digital content director. He and his teams focus on platform growth, user experience and content strategy. His prior work spans organizations in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, including the Pew Research Center, the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, a liberal arts college and two PR firms. 

Throughout Olsen’s career, he has focused on the intersection of technology, content and marketing. Olsen received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and did graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University.
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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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Board of Directors, Gannett Company, Inc.
McLean, Va.

Barbara was named Chief Legal Officer in 2015 and also served as interim chief operating officer in 2019. She had served as the company’s Vice President & Senior Associate General Counsel since 2009 and joined the legal staff of Gannett in 1985. Barbara has represented Gannett’s interests on a variety of issues. 

She has written and lectured on the First Amendment and has taught communications law at George Washington and American Universities. Before joining Gannett, she practiced law with Satterlee & Stephens. In 2012, she received the First Amendment Award from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
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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 leading 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 association, Chavern has been intensely focused on telling the powerful – and optimistic – story of the news industry and fighting for a fair system of valuation and compensation for online journalism. He has been called an “activist” for the news industry by the national media: a title that he embraces proudly.

Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic, operational and legal roles. Immediately prior to his time at the Alliance, he completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce (the largest lobbying and advocacy organization in the world). From 2014 to 2015, he served as the President of the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation. From 2007 through 2014, Chavern was the Chamber’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for day-to-day operations and long-term planning for the 500-person organization. Chavern managed numerous national and international advocacy efforts and guided the organization through periods of intense media attention.

Chavern is a member of the Board of Directors of Transamerica Insurance. He is a founding investor in several innovative companies including Starling Trust Sciences. A proud alum, Chavern also serves on the board of trustees of his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, where he serves as Chair of the Risk Committee.

Chavern has been named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill, and one of Washington’s “250 Most Influential People” by Washingtonian.

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