2016-2017 NAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tony-Hunter

TONY W. HUNTER
Chairman

Tronc, Inc.
Chicago, Ill.

Tony Hunter is president, publisher and CEO of Tronc, Inc. a media and business services company with a print and digital portfolio including the Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, RedEye, Hoy, TribLocal and Chicago Magazine. Recognized for leading a far-reaching culture change and fast transformation of a traditional newspaper company into one of the nation’s most diversified innovative media entities, Hunter often is asked to speak on turnaround management.

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Since taking over the company’s leadership in September 2008, Hunter has overseen a strategy to diversify into digital media and business services channels while also reasserting Chicago Tribune’s role as leading citizen of Illinois.

Hunter previously served as senior vice president/circulation and operations for Chicago Tribune, a position he took in 2007. He was responsible for circulation, production and technology as well as marketing strategy, customer acquisition/retention, manufacturing and distribution. He secured an unprecedented distribution agreement with the Sun Times News Group to distribute the cross-town rival Chicago Sun-Times. As Chicago Tribune’s vice president/operations from 2003 to 2007, he led two major expansions at the newspaper’s near-west side “Freedom Center” printing plant: to expand color printing capacity and improve the targeting of preprinted advertising inserts.

Hunter joined Chicago Tribune in 1994 as manager/circulation planning and analysis. During his tenure in circulation, he led development of the pricing and distribution strategies for the RedEye launch. Prior to joining Chicago Tribune, Hunter worked for the Audit Bureau of Circulation from 1984 to 1994, serving as Director of Field Auditing-Newspapers and a variety of auditing positions.

A native of Calumet City, Illinois, Hunter holds a MBA in leadership and organizational development from DePaul University and a BA in accounting, business administration and economics from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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DONNA BARRETT
Past Chairman

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.

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MICHAEL J. KLINGENSMITH
Vice Chairman

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.

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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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Terry Kroeger

TERRY KROEGER
Secretary

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.

Mark Aldam

MARK E. ALDAM
Treasurer

Hearst Newspapers
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.

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KEVIN MOWBRAY
American Press Institute Chairman

Vice President and COO, Lee Enterprises
Davenport, Iowa

Kevin Mowbray is a Lee Enterprises Operating Vice President and has been Publisher of Lee’s largest newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, since May 2006.  He also oversees all St. Louis operations, which include STLtoday.com (St. Louis’ No. 1 local website), STL Distribution Services LLC and the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, the No. 1 community news source in St. Louis.  In addition to the St. Louis operations, he directly oversees the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Arizona; the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Illinois; and the Daily Journal in Park Hills, Missouri.

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As Lee Operating Vice President, he has responsibility for The Sentinel in Hanford, California; The Napa Valley Register in Napa, California; the Santa Maria Times/Lompoc Record in Santa Maria, California; The Pantagraph in Bloomington, Illinois; the Herald & Review in Decatur, Illinois; the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier in Mattoon, Illinois; The Citizen in Auburn, New York; The Sentinel in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and The Daily Herald in Provo, Utah.

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

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.

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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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Michael Christman

MICHAEL J. CHRISTMAN JR.

President and CEO, Fort Wayne Newspapers
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Michael (Mike) Christman serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Fort Wayne Newspapers and Publisher of the News-Sentinel.  Mike assumed these positions in September of 2006. As a hands-on leader who is able to keep his team focused and productive, Mike rapidly transformed the company into operationally efficient and productive business.  Skilled in negotiating alliances and partnerships, Mike has been able to capture opportunities and catapult the business into new ventures.

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During his tenure at Fort Wayne he oversaw the construction of a new state-of-the-art production facility located in downtown Fort Wayne that is now printing several daily newspaper publications and other print products.  He has developed an events business that continues to grow.

Christman brings a long history of building successful operations during his career.  Prior to joining Fort Wayne Newspapers, he held the position of Regional Publisher for Ogden Newspapers and was Publisher of the Parkersburg News & Sentinel in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  From 1999-2000, he was Publisher of the Salem News in Salem, Ohio.  He was also instrumental in the start up and development of Ogden Directories, a division of Ogden Newspapers from 1990-1998, that now publishes over sixty directories in over ten different states.

Christman has led many organizations and held various board positions over his career.  He currently sits on the Greater Fort Wayne, Inc (Chamber) executive board, Greater Fort Wayne Chamber Foundation board, Junior Achievement of Fort Wayne, and Secretary of the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation.  Mike has been the past president of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Northeast Indiana Corporate Council and Regional Chamber.

Mike was honored in 2011 to the Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts Wall of Fame in 2011-2012.  Also under his tenure Fort Wayne Newspapers received the 2012 Centennial Torch Award from the Fort Wayne better Business Bureau (BBB)

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Mark-Contreras

MARK CONTRERAS

Chief Executive Officer, Calkins Media, Inc.

Mark Contreras is Chief Executive Officer of Calkins Media, Inc. He joined Calkins Media in 2011. Prior to Calkins, Contreras served as Senior Vice President/Newspapers for The E.W. Scripps Company in Cincinnati, OH. He was also Senior Vice President of Pulitzer, Inc. in St. Louis, MO; and worked for more than a decade with Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. in newspaper leadership roles in Pontiac, MI, Kansas City, MO and served as President and Publisher of The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Contreras served as Chair of the Newspaper Association of America and The American Press Institute, and is a 1998 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and earned a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kirk Davis

KIRK DAVIS

President and COO, GateHouse Media Inc.
Needham, Mass.

After spending his first 8 years in publishing as a circulation and marketing executive, Kirk served as publisher from 1990-1996 with dailies located in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California. In 1996, Kirk was recruited by Fidelity Capital (now Devonshire Investors), a subsidiary of Fidelity Investments, to become president of  their TAB newspaper group in the Boston area, which was part of Community Newspaper Company (CNC). He was later named president of CNC in 1998, as the company grew to 113 daily, weekly and specialty publications, along with its townonline.com community web sites serving Eastern Massachusetts towns.

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In 2004, Kirk was named CEO of Boston-based Enterprise NewsMedia (ENM), a multimedia company owned by Heritage Partners, Inc., a private equity firm in Boston, MA. While there, he developed a go-to-market community web platform to serve Southeastern Massachusetts towns under the domain Wicked Local.

GateHouse Media, based in Fairport, NY, acquired both Enterprise NewsMedia from Heritage Partners and Community Newspaper Company (CNC) from Herald Media in 2006 and named Kirk as CEO of GateHouse Media New England.

In January 2009, Kirk was promoted to President and COO for the parent company, GateHouse Media, Inc., headquartered in Fairport, New York. GateHouse Media is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by its 79 daily publications, 257 weekly newspapers 95 shoppers, 6 yellow page directories and over 400 locally focused websites. GateHouse Media currently serves local audiences of more than 10 million per week across 21 states through several hundred community publications and local websites. The company’s business model is to be the preeminent provider of local content and advertising in the small and midsize markets it serves.

Last year GateHouse Media launched Propel Marketing, a local online marketing company providing digital solutions to small and medium sized businesses. GateHouse Media also brought to market Adhance Media. Adhance Media is a private ad exchange that brings together media companies who are looking to maximize revenue from excess ad inventory. Adhance brings together a community of premium, hyper-local sites, representing quality demographic and geographic targeting ability to national brands. This results in higher revenue that typically would not be available through other remnant programs.

Kirk attended Wright State University and Ohio University. He is past chairman of the board for the Suburban Newspapers of America (SNA) and currently serves on the board of the Association for Audited Media (AAM, formerly ABC). AAM is a forum of the world’s leading magazine, newspaper and digital publishers, advertisers and advertising agencies.

Most recently, Kirk received the Borrell Associates Award of Merit for Innovation, which was presented to him at their 2013 Local Online Advertising Conference.

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Gregg Fernandes

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.

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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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Michael Golden

MICHAEL GOLDEN

The New York Times Co.
New York, N.Y.

Michael Golden was appointed vice chairman of The New York Times Company in October 1997. He was also elected to the company’s board of directors that same year. In March 2009, Michael added to his portfolio the responsibilities of president and chief operating officer for The New York Times Company Regional Media Group.

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Michael served as publisher of the International Herald Tribune from November 2003 to January 2008. From 1997 to 2003, he served as chief administrative officer for the company. Previously, Michael served as the Company’s vice president for operations development from January 1996 to 1997. He was executive vice president and publisher at the company’s Tennis magazine from October 1994 to January 1996. Before that, he served as executive vice president and general manager of the Company’s Women’s Publishing Division from September 1991 to October 1994. The Times Company sold its Women’s Publishing Division in 1994.

Michael earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in 1971 and a master’s degree in education in 1974 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1977 and a master’s degree in 1984 from Emory University in Atlanta, where he achieved membership to the national honorary business fraternity.

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Mike Gugliotti

MIKE GUGLIOTTO

Pioneer News Group
Seattle, Wash.

Mike Gugliotto has been the president and CEO of Pioneer News Group since 2009. Prior to joining Pioneer in 2002 as COO, Mike was vice president and general manager for Lehman Communications and the Daily Times-Call in Longmont, Colo. He has more than 25 years of media experience in various capacities.

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Mike is a member of the advisory committee of the University of Washington School Of Communications and a member of the Board of Trustees for Washington State University. He is a member of the board of directors of the Newspaper Association of America, the American Press Institute and the Inland Press Association. Mike graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism. He is married and has two children.

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Laura Hollingsworth

LAURA HOLLINGSWORTH

President and Publisher, The Tennessean and TN Media
Nashville, Tenn.

Laura Hollingsworth is President and Publisher of the Tennessean and TN Media. In addition, she is Central Group President for Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing Division with oversight responsibilities for a total of 26 media markets in nine states. She joined the Gannett Company, which owns The Tennessean, in June, 1989 and worked in Wisconsin, Washington State, Illinois, Michigan and Iowa markets in progressive leadership positions. She was President and Publisher of Des Moines Register Media for six years prior to arriving in Nashville in May of 2013.

Mike Joseph

MICHAEL JOSEPH

Executive Vice President, Cox Media Group Inc.
Atlanta, Ga.

Mike Joseph is Cox Media Group’s (CMG) Executive Vice President at the company’s headquarters in Atlanta.  In this role, he is responsible for all of CMG’s newspapers, including the AJC, The Austin American-Statesman, Palm Beach Newspapers, and all CMG Ohio media platforms like the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and all radio stations. This also includes CMG’s radio stations in Louisville.

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Prior to this position, Joseph was Publisher at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  He joined the AJC in May 2009 as president and general manager overseeing all of the company’s business operations including advertising, marketing, circulation, production, business office, information technology, and human resources.  He was named publisher of the AJC in July 2009.

Prior to joining the AJC, Joseph was president and chief executive officer of Cox Ohio Publishing and publisher of the Dayton Daily News.

Joseph began his career at Cox in 1995 and served a number of roles. While in Dayton, he was responsible for business operations, including advertising sales, distribution, manufacturing, finance, information systems and human resources. He also oversaw the planning, design and operations of Cox Ohio’s Print Technology Center, which produces the company’s four daily and eight weekly newspapers, as well as the regional edition of The New York Times. Prior to joining Cox, he worked for Pioneer Press Newspapers in Illinois.

Currently, Joseph sits on the boards of United Way and the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce.  While in Ohio, Joseph served on the Board of Trustees for the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, the Dayton Art Institute and the Ohio Newspaper Association.  He was also a member of the Dayton Business Committee, a local CEO roundtable group.  Joseph is also a past member of the International Newspaper Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the manufacturing operations of the newspaper industry.

Mike and his wife, Kate, have two children, Molly and Jonathan.

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DEREK MAY

President, Morris Publishing Group, LLC
Augusta, Georgia

Mr. Derek May has been with the Morris group for 27 years, serving in many management capacities including technology, circulation, advertising sales and news in a number of Morris markets.  He is a former publisher and served as assistant to the president before taking over as executive vice-president of Morris Publishing in 2011.  Most recently, Mr. May has been named President of Morris Publishing Group.

James Moroney

JAMES MORONEY

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, A.H. Belo Corporation
Dallas, TX

James M. Moroney III is the chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer of A. H. Belo Corporation. He has held this position since September 2013. He served as executive vice president of A. H. Belo beginning November 2007. He continues to serve as publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Dallas Morning News, a position he has held since June 2001.

 

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Moroney began his career with Belo as a sales trainee at WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth.

In 1985 he became local sales manager for WFAA and later that year was promoted to general sales manager of KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He returned to Dallas in 1989 as Belo’s controller. Moroney was promoted to president and general manager of KOTV in Tulsa in January 1993. In November 1993 he became a vice president of the Broadcast Division. In January 1997, Moroney was promoted to president/Television Group assuming responsibility for the operations of all of Belo’s television stations in 15 markets across the United States. In June 1998, he was named executive vice president of Belo, with responsibility for finance, treasury and investor relations. Moroney served as president of Belo Interactive, Inc. from its formation in May 1999 until June 2001Moroney has served on the board of the Television Bureau of Advertising and numerous civic organizations. He presently serves on the boards of The Associated Press, The Dallas Foundation, The International News Media Association (INMA), the State Fair of Texas, the Advisory Board of the College of Communications at the University of Texas and the Bishop’s Finance Council of the Diocese of Dallas.

In April 2004, Editor & Publisher selected Moroney as Publisher of the Year for his accomplishments at The Dallas Morning News. In 2012, he received the Frank W. Mayborn Award from The Texas Daily Newspaper Association for Community Leadership.

Moroney graduated from Stanford University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. In 1983 he received his Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

Moroney and his wife, Barbara Bass Moroney, have five children: Sean, Meagan, Kyle, and twins Callie and Jenny.

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Mark Newhouse

MARK NEWHOUSE

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.

Todd Schurz

TODD SCHURZ

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.

 

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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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ANNA SEDGLEY

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

Anna Sedgley is Chief Financial Officer of Dow Jones, a position she has held since December 2012. In this role, Ms. Sedgley is responsible for the preparing and reporting of the company’s financial performance, managing treasury and taxation matters and providing strategic guidance, forecasts and analytical insight to support business performance.

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In addition to her role as CFO, Ms. Sedgley heads up the Dow Jones Operations Group and oversees newspaper production and delivery, legal and risk management services as well as facilities and security.

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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PATRICK TALAMANTES

President and Chief Executive Officer, The McClatchy Company
Sacramento, Calif.

Patrick J. Talamantes is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The McClatchy Company, a leading news and information provider offering a wide array of print and digital products in each of its 28 U.S. markets. McClatchy’s newspapers include the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, The Charlotte Observer, The (Raleigh) News and Observer and the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram.

 

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Prior to his appointment as President and CEO in 2012, Talamantes was McClatchy’s Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2012, responsible for the company’s financial operations, information technology and shared business services. In May 2011, he assumed additional oversight of McClatchy’s Florida newspapers, including the Miami Herald. Prior to joining McClatchy, Talamantes worked for Sinclair Broadcast Group and River City Broadcasting in a financial capacity for six years and spent nine years in media and entertainment finance with predecessor banks of J.P. Morgan Chase.

Talamantes is on the board of The Associated Press and is the vice chairman of the board of the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Mac Tully

MAC TULLY

CEO/Publisher, Denver Post
Denver, Colo.

Mr. Tully oversees The Denver Post as well as the other Colorado operations for MediaNews Group, including The Boulder Daily Camera, The Sterling Journal-Advocate, The Fort Morgan Times, The Longmont Times-Call, The Loveland Reporter-Herald, The Canon City Record, The Colorado Daily and multiple weekly publications.

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Included in the Central Region Group outside of Colorado are The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Digital Services, The Park City Record, the Graham newspaper group in Texas, and The Detroit News, and The El Paso Times in Texas as well as the Company’s New Mexico operations which include The Alamogordo Daily News, The Carlsbad Current-Argus, The Deming Headlight, The Farmington Daily Times and The Las Cruces Sun-News.

 

Mr. Tully previously served for MediaNews Group as President and Publisher of The San Jose Mercury News and Group Vice President for the Bay Area News Group, whose publications include The Mercury News, The Oakland Tribune, The San Mateo County Times, The Contra Costa Times, The East County Times, The San Ramon Valley Times, The Tri-Valley Times, The Marin Independent Journal and The Santa Cruz Sentinel.

 

Prior to joining the Bay Area News Group, Mr. Tully served as President and Publisher of the Kansas City Star and, before that, was Vice President of Operations/Newspaper Division for 16 publications for Knight Ridder. Earlier in his career, Mr. Tully served as President and Publisher of The Bradenton Herald, Senior Vice President of Advertising for The Fort Worth Star Telegram, and Publisher of The Arlington Star-Telegram. Mr. Tully worked at The Kansas City Star from 1978-1987.

 

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Mr. Tully holds a B.A. in Business Administration. He also attended the Stanford Executive Program.

 

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John Zidich

JOHN ZIDICH

President of Domestic Publishing, Gannett Co., Inc.
McLean, Va.

John Zidich was named President of Domestic Publishing at Gannett in 2015. John has oversight for all domestic publishing business, which includes both print and related digital products and sales across the organization. He formerly was chief executive of Republic Media & publisher of The Arizona Republic. Before coming to Phoenix, he served as president & publisher of the Reno(Nev.) Gazette-Journal, after starting his Gannett career in 1977 at the Stockton Record, formerly owned by Gannett.

David Chavern

DAVID CHAVERN

President and CEO, News Media Alliance
Arlington, Va.

David Chavern is president and CEO of News Media Alliance, the industry’s largest trade organization. David joined the Alliance as president and CEO in October 2015. 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.

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From 2014 to 2015, he served as the President of the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation at the Chamber. He established the center, which is the first U.S. Chamber office focused solely on technology and innovation, and led a research and outreach program which was dedicated to the economic power of data-driven innovation.

 

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 and also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of Humin. 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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