David Chavern
President and CEO

David Chavern
President and CEO

About David:

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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Speaking Engagements:

November 19, 2021: Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy: Solutions for America’s Local News Crisis: Policy and Peril (Virtual)

April 1, 2021: It’s All Journalism Podcast: Making Google, Facebook Pay Their Fair Share for News

March 4, 2021: Let’s DEW Lunch with News Media Alliance on the Australia news media bargaining code and implications for similar legislation in the U.S.

February 2, 2021: Diversity Reboot: Our Shared Responsibility to Help Save Diverse and Local Media

November 19, 2020: Medias en Seine: The major gathering about media in Paris (Virtual)

July 8, 2020: Virtual panel with Congresswoman Mary Gay Scalon: Attacks on the press and our path forward

May 26, 2020: FIBEP (Federation Internationale des Bureaux d’Extraits de Presse) Webinar: The Future of News Media & the Public’s Rush Back to News & Information

February 16, 2020: ‘Six Pixels of Separation’ Podcast interview: David Chavern on Journalism, Fake News And Media

October 9, 2019: David Chavern on E&P Reports

July 17, 2019: Alliance CEO Addresses Platform Dominance on ‘Bloomberg Technology’

July 2, 2019: Alliance CEO on C-SPAN’s “Communicators,” on the state of news in the digital age and the importance of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act

June 17, 2019: Alliance CEO on the Importance of Protecting News Online

June 10, 2019: Alliance CEO Discusses Safe Harbor on ‘Reliable Sources’

May 22, 2019: Audio: Get to know Alliance CEO David Chavern

May 7, 2019: Podcast interview: Through the Noise

March 2, 2019: Alliance CEO David Chavern Talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher on the Challenges Facing the News Business

January 8, 2019: David Chavern on The Business of Content: Should publishers be allowed to collectively bargain with Facebook and Google?

August 10, 2018: Social Media’s Struggle to Deal with Fake News 

Featured articles:

February 3, 2021: Alliance CEO Op-Ed: Media Code is Thoughtful, Brave and Might Save Journalism (The Australian)

December 28, 2020: Shielding Goliath from David: Congress Must Give Local News Publishers a Fighting Chance (National Review)

December 3, 2020: Five Myths About the News Business (The Washington Post)

September 14, 2020: Section 230 Is a Government License to Build Rage Machines (WIRED)

August 21, 2020: News Business Needs Antitrust Safe Harbor (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

August 11, 2020: Jayapal on Right Side of History, Championing Independent Journalism (The Seattle Times)

October 7, 2019: News Media Are the First and Most Effective Means for Exercising Our Five First Amendment Freedoms

February 21, 2019: CEO Column: Press Access Is Essential to Democracy

February 4, 2019: Want to stop fake news? Pay for the real thing. (The New York Times)

August 21, 2018: It’s Time to Rein in the Tech Platforms’ Anticompetitive Behavior

June 22, 2018: Facebook Needs to Learn Difference Between Journalism, ‘Political Advertising’ and Garbage (USA TODAY)

March 26, 2018: Canadian Newsprint Is Not the Enemy — Tariffs Are

February 25, 2018: Protect the News From Google and Facebook (The Wall Street Journal)



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