2020-2021 News Media Alliance Board of Directors

2020-2021 News Media Alliance Board of Directors


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 leads 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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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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Past Chair

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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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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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 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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Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The New York Times
New York, NY

Roland A. Caputo became executive vice president and chief financial officer of The New York Times on April 30, 2018.

Mr. Caputo, a 32-year veteran of the company, had been executive vice president of The Times’s Print Products and Services Group since March, 2013. In addition, he had been the company’s interim CFO since March, 2018.

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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General Partner, Next News Ventures LLC
Sacramento, CA

Craig I. Forman is a General Partner at Next News Ventures, LLC. He was formerly 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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President, Times Publishing Company
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Conan Gallaty is President of Times Publishing Company. 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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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
Boca Raton, Fla.

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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Chief Executive Officer, Tribune Publishing
Chicago, Ill.

Terry Jimenez is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Publishing, a diversified media company with headquarters in Chicago with nearly $1.0 billion in annual revenue.  At Tribune Publishing, Terry oversees approximately 3,500 employees. Terry is also the Chairman of the Board of BestReviews.com.

Previously, from April 2016, Terry was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Tribune Publishing. 

Prior to Tribune Publishing, Terry was a Partner within IBM’s Global Business Services division from 2012 to 2016. Terry was responsible for executing large global services deals and had worked with clients in the UK, Ireland, Poland, Brazil, Netherlands, Italy, France, Norway, Sweden, Canada, Australia and South Africa spanning Telco, Aerospace & Defense, Retail, Restaurants, Consumer Product Goods, Industrial, Financial Services and Media Industries. Prior to IBM, Terry held roles in the media industry including as Publisher/President of Newsday Media Group after COO and CFO roles from 2005 - 2012. From 2003 - 2004, Terry served as Controller for the Chicago Tribune and served as the Publishing Project leader for the Sarbanes-Oxley implementation across all of Tribune Company’s Publishing Division. From 1994 – 2003, Terry held various accounting, financial and strategy positions with McDonald’s Corporation. Terry last served as a Finance Director for McDonald’s Corporation with responsibility for strategic business planning, negotiation, and the integration of joint ventures. Terry was the financial, valuation and integration lead for McDonald’s acquisitions of Donatos Pizzeria and Boston Market and the integration lead over McDonald’s Joint Venture for Fazoli’s. After graduating from NIU in 1994 and before joining the media industry, Terry held various accounting, financial, strategy and M&A roles with McDonald’s Corporation. Terry holds a BS in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He passed the certified public accountant examination in Illinois.
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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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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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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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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 & Publisher, Deseret News
Salt Lake City, Ut.

Jeff Simpson has been the President and Publisher of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, Utah since September 2017. He also currently serves as the president of Deseret Book Company, a sister publishing company under the Deseret Management Corporation family of media companies. Prior to his publishing appointments, Mr. Simpson was the president and CEO of Bonneville International, a local TV and radio conglomerate based in the intermountain west. 

Mr. Simpson’s diverse media background began at Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Television. He then built Excel Entertainment Group, which became a successful independent media distributor. The Excel Entertainment Group was acquired by Deseret Book Company in 2004 where he served as Deseret Book’s executive vice president and COO. He has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters, the United Way, and other local community organizations. Mr. Simpson is a graduate of Brigham Young University.
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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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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 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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