Michael Klingensmith Elected Chairman of the News Media Alliance

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Michael Klingensmith Elected Chairman of the News Media Alliance 

May 3, 2017

Arlington, VA – The News Media Alliance has elected Michael Klingensmith, Publisher and CEO, Star Tribune, as its Chairman of the Board of Directors. Klingensmith, who previously served as Vice Chairman, succeeds Tony Hunter, president of TWH, Incorporated and Chairman of Nucleus Marketing Solutions. Donna Barrett, President & CEO of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., will serve as Past Chair.

As the news media industry continues to evolve, Klingensmith and the Board of Directors will vigorously advocate on behalf of the industry while expanding existing and introducing new strategies and initiatives to maximize the value of Alliance membership.

Klingensmith 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.

“Mike is an incredibly well-respected leader among newspaper publishers and beyond, and we are thrilled that he is our new Chairman,” said David Chavern, News Media Alliance President and CEO. “Through his extensive media career, Mike has demonstrated his unfailing commitment to the industry, and his knowledge of what it takes to be successful amid a changing media landscape will continue to be an invaluable asset to our many diverse members, both print and digital.”

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 2001, Klingensmith became executive vice president at Time Inc. He left the company in 2008. Prior to his current role at Star Tribune, he was a managing director of AdMedia Partners, a New York mergers and acquisition advisory firm.

“It is an honor to be named as Chairman of the News Media Alliance,” said Klingensmith. “News media have never been more vital to the communities we serve than we are today, and the Alliance is committed to delivering premium content. We will continue to develop and implement programs that demonstrate news media as the respected and trustworthy organizations they have always been, as well as the innovative, multi-platform content and marketing solutions providers they have become.”

Other Alliance officers elected were: Terry Kroeger, President, CEO & Publisher, BH Media Group (vice chairman); Mark Aldam, President, Hearst Newspapers (secretary); and Anna Sedgley, COO & CFO, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. (treasurer).

Elected to initial two-year terms (2017-2019) on the News Media Alliance Board of Directors were:

Edward Bushey, Newsday Media Group
Roland A. Caputo, The New York Times
Ann Caulkins, McClatchy, The Charlotte Observer
Toni Cook Bush, News Corp.
Justin C. Dearborn, tronc, Inc.
Amy Glennon, Cox Media Group
Alex Skatell, Independent Journal Review



The News Media Alliance is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 news organizations and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and Canada. Alliance members include print, digital and mobile publishers of original news content. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the association focuses on ensuring the future of news media through communication, research, advocacy and innovation. Information about the News Media Alliance (formerly NAA) can be found at www.newsmediaalliance.org.


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