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.

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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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Past Chair

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.

Terry Kroeger

Vice Chairman

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


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.


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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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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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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Executive Vice President and Global Head of Government Affairs, News Corp
New York, NY

Antoinette (Toni) Bush is the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Government Affairs for News Corp. Ms. Bush is responsible for leading the company’s government relations efforts in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. She serves on the company’s executive leadership committee.

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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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Co-Publisher, Newsday Media Group
Melville, NY

Ed Bushey serves as co-publisher for Newsday Media Group and continues his responsibilities in his prior role as SVP, General Manager for Newsday Media Group.

In his prior role as SVP, General Manager, Ed provided leadership to operations, production, print, digital audience development and analytics. During this time Ed also oversaw the company’s technology advancement in production, distribution and finance.


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Since joining Newsday in 1993 as a financial analyst, Ed has held various positions including Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, Vice President of Operations and Distribution, and Senior Vice President of Audience and Operations.

Ed attended Syracuse University.  He’s a native Long Islander and currently resides in Melville with his wife and two daughters.

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Executive Vice President, Print Products and Services, The New York Times
New York, NY

Roland A. Caputo was named executive vice president of the Print Products and Services Group in March 2013. Previously, Mr. Caputo served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for The New York Times Media Group where he was responsible for the financial functions at The New York Times, nytimes.com, and The International Herald Tribune. Prior to that, Mr. Caputo had served as vice president and chief financial officer for the newspaper from January 2006 until November 2008. Mr. Caputo had been vice president of circulation fulfillment services since June 2001, where he was responsible for home delivery operations nationwide, as well as retail transportation and distribution outside of the New York metropolitan area.

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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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President and Publisher, Charlotte Observer
Charlotte, NC

Ann Caulkins serves as the President and Publisher of The Charlotte Observer, a 131-year-old newspaper with a national reputation for news excellence. Ms. Caulkins has been Publisher of The Charlotte Observer since 2006. Prior to The Observer, Ms. Caulkins served as President and Publisher of The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina and before that she spent five years in Lexington, Kentucky at The Herald-Leader, first as Advertising Director and then as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. She began her newspaper career at the Fort Worth Star Telegram in 1984. She is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor’s degree in Oral Communications.

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Ms. Caulkins currently serves on the Charlotte Chamber Board of Directors, the Charlotte Regional Partnership Board of Directors, Queens University School of Communication Advisory Board, the Fletcher School Board of Trustees and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communications Board of Advisors. She is a past Board Chairman of the Levine Museum of the New South and is a member of the International Women’s Forum, the Women’s Impact Fund and Charlotte’s Women Executives.

In March 2012, Ann was named the 2011 Queens University Business Woman of the Year.

Ms. Caulkins is married to Kelley Anderson and they have two sons, Porter Anderson and Miller Anderson.

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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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Chief Executive Officer and Director, tronc, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Justin Dearborn is the Chief Executive Officer of tronc. Dearborn was appointed as CEO in February 2016. prior to tronc, Dearborn served as Chief Executive Officer of Merge Healthcare. During his tenure, Dearborn led the company through a period of transformation and sustainable growth. Merge was acquired by IBM in October of 2015 in a $1 billion transaction and was integrated into IBM’s Watson Health division to deliver intuitive, cognitive computing solutions to healthcare providers.


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Before joining Merge Healthcare, Mr. Dearborn served as Managing Director and General Counsel at Merrick Ventures, LLC. Prior to his roles at Merrick Ventures, Mr. Dearborn served in various executive senior management positions for Click Commerce, Inc., a publicly traded software and services company. Mr. Dearborn was appointed Corporate Secretary of Click Commerce in May 2003.
Prior to Click Commerce, Mr. Dearborn worked at Motorola, Inc. where he specialized in intellectual property transactions and held management positions in Motorola’s Semiconductor and Government Groups.

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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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Publisher, Vertical Brands, Cox Media Group
Atlanta, GA

Amy Glennon is Publisher of Cox Media Group’s Vertical Brands, having been named to that position in March 2016.  Prior to that, Amy served as Publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for four years and was the first woman to hold that position in the 145-year history of the newspaper.


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Amy’s career with Cox began at the AJC in 1992.  Since then she has served in a number of roles at the newspaper including Features Editor, Director of Innovations, Gwinnett General Manager, Senior Director, Product & Project Management and Vice President, Circulation.  Prior to the AJC, Amy worked at the Gwinnett Daily News.

CMG’s Vertical Brands include the sports-related news sites DawgNation.com, SECCountry.com, Landof10.com, and all22.com; as well as the national Hispanic news site, MundoHispanico.com; and a food and lifestyle site, southernkitchen.com.

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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


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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Owner, 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.

David Chavern


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.

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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 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. 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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