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ABOUT US : BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Leroy F. Aarons is a journalist, editor, author and playwright whose assignments have taken him around the globe, and whose stewardship of the Oakland Tribune helped garner that paper a Pulitzer Prize. He is currently a visiting professor of journalism at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communications where he is developing and teaching courses on gay issues and the media. Aarons is also supervising research on press coverage of gay and lesbian issues as director of a new program within Annenberg's Journalism Department .

Aarons is a founding board member of the Maynard Institute. He is also founding president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, which since 1990 has had a significant impact on how mainstream media cover gay issues and relate to their gay and lesbian employees.

Aarons covered events of the 1960s and 1970s as chief of The Washington Post's New York and West Coast bureaus. In 1982, he spent a year in Israel, covering among other things the Israel-Lebanon war as a freelancer for Time magazine. In 1983, he joined his friend and colleague Robert Maynard, then the new owner of the Oakland Tribune, in the job of features editor. In 1985, he was named executive editor and in 1988 senior vice president for news with corporate responsibilities in addition to news supervision. During his tenure, the Tribune won a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for its photojournalism during the devastating October 1989 earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gilbert Bailon started as a reporter at the Dallas Morning News in 1986, and later held positions as assistant metro editor, day city editor, metro editor and assistant managing editor/metro. In January 1996, he was named deputy managing editor for metro, state and business coverage. A year later he was named executive editor. In January 1998, he was named vice president and executive editor.

Bailon previously worked as a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Los Angeles Daily News, the San Diego Union and Kansas City Star. He is past president of the National Association for Hispanic Journalists and served as the 1996 president for Unity '99, a consortium of the four national minority journalist associations. He also belonged to the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the National Association of Minority Media Executives. Bailon served on nominating juries for the Pulitzer Prizes in 1993-1994. He was selected as the outstanding journalism graduate at the University of Arizona in 1981 and earned his MA in American history from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1992.

Frank Blethen is board chair of the Seattle Times Company, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Yakima Herald-Republic. He is the publisher and CEO of the Seattle Times newspaper and president of Blethen Corporation. Frank Blethen joined the Seattle Times in 1968, after graduation from Arizona State University, where he received a BS in business.

Blethen is involved in a number of civic and industry efforts focused on higher education and health and human services. He served as chair of the 1996 United Way of King County Campaign and is a member of the 1997 campaign cabinet. He chaired the major gifts division of Campaign Washington State University. He chairs the Kitchen Cabinet advisory panel for the president of Washington State University. He is also on the Business Advisory Group for the president of the University of Washington.

John L. Dotson, Jr., recently stepped down as publisher of the Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio). Before becoming publisher of the Beacon Journal in June 1993, he was president and publisher of the Daily Camera, a 35,000-circulation newspaper in Boulder, Colo. Previously, he has held positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Newsweek, Newark Evening News and Detroit Free Press.

Dotson is a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board of Directors, which chooses Pulitzer Prize winners each year, and the Board of Visitors of the John S. Knight Fellowship Program, which offers working journalists a year's study at Stanford University in California. He is an ex officio member of the Newspaper Association of America and a member of its diversity subcommittee. He is also a co-founder of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

John Garcia is Vice President of Interactive Content and Programming for NBC Television Stations. Previously he was Executive Producer of Today in New York and Executive Producer of Hispanic Business Today. Garcia is a former reporter at the Miami Herald, The New York Daily News, Gannett Westchester Newspapers, and the Miami News. He was president of Garcia & Associates, an editorial, design and publishing company, as well as co-founder of The Latino News, a New York metropolitan area-based weekly English language newspaper geared to the Hispanic community. He is a former New York Bureau Chief of Vista Magazine and author of, "Hispanic Publishing: A Success Story."

Garcia helped create one the country's first digital journalism programs at New York University, where as a fulltime faculty member he taught courses in writing and reporting, journalism history and online journalism. He also has had several teaching fellowships at the Poynter Institute and the Freedom Forum. He helped design the Maynard Institute's inaugural program in Cross-Media Journalism for Broadcast, Print and the Internet.

Garcia is a former vice-president of print of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Washington, DC. He also served on the board of the Student Press Law Center, Washington, DC.

Dorothy Butler Gilliam is director of the Young Journalists Development Project at The Washington Post. The project nurtures young people through various journalistic development programs in order to increase the number of Latinos and African Americans choosing a career in journalism.

From 1979 through 1997, she served as a regular columnist for The Washington Post. She wrote columns on local, national and international issues on topics that included education, politics, racial and cultural diversity, gender and social issues. Her journalistic expertise involves broad and extensive coverage on C-Span, Public Broadcasting System's "To the Contrary," Black Entertainment Television, and Howard University's WHMM-TV. In 1993, Gilliam was elected president of the National Association of Black Journalists, which gave her leadership of more than 3,500 members in broadcast and newspaper journalism public relations, advertising and journalism education.

Karla Garrett Harshaw has been editor of the Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) since August 1990. She came to the News-Sun from the Dayton Daily News. Both are owned by Cox Newspapers. Harshaw has served on the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors since 1995 and is the vice chair of ASNE's 1998-99 Convention Program Committee. She was a 1995 and 1996 member of the Pulitzer Prize Nominating Juries in Journalism. She was a panelist and consultant for the Cox Career Enhancement Seminar and a keynote speaker at the Inland Press Association Convention in 1994.

In April of 1997, Harshaw was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Region VI Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the 1997 Ohio Associated Press third-place award for editorial writing and received the 1995 "Best of Cox" award for column writing. Her other professional affiliations include membership in the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Minority Media Executives and the Ohio Newspaper Women's Association. She was a founder of the Dayton Association of Black Journalists.

Evelyn Hsu is a 1979 graduate of the Summer Program for Minority Journalists. She is currently the director of the UNITY Mentor Project and a seminar associate for the American Press Institute, responsible for developing and moderating management programs and seminars for weekly newspaper executives. Hsu was formerly an associate director with the American Press Institute, where she directed training programs in editing and management. She left that position in 1998 to move to Florida with her family and rejoined API the following year.

Hsu has worked as a city hall, investigative and general assignment reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and as a metropolitan reporter for The Washington Post. Hsu is a past national president of the Asian American Journalists Association and a member of the advisory board for the American Copy Editors Society.

Paula Madison was named president and general manager of KNBC Channel 4 in November 2000 after serving as news director of WNBC in New York for over four years. Madison came to NBC 4 from KHOU-TV in Houston, Texas, where she had been executive news director since 1987. Prior to joining KHOU-TV, Madison had been news director at KOTV-TV in Tulsa, Okla., from 1986 to 1987. For the two years prior to that, Madison served as news manager for WFAA-TV in Dallas. She began her career in television news at WFAA-TV as community affairs director in 1982.

She also serves on the boards of the National Medical Fellowships, Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the accessibility of health care to all communities, and the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit journalism watchdog agency. She is on the executive committee of the Campaign to Save Cardinal Spellman High School – her alma mater. A graduate of Vassar College (class of '74), Madison's first news position was as a reporter for the Syracuse (N.Y.). Herald Journal In 1980, Madison joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, as an investigative reporter; she was later assistant city editor at the Dallas Times Herald.

Nancy Hicks Maynard is the president of Maynard Partners, Inc., a consulting company. The director of the Economics of News Project, a study supported by The Freedom Forum, she writes about media technology and its impact on the economics and quality of news.

Maynard has spent 30 years in the newspaper industry. Most recently, she served as the vice president of The Freedom Forum and chair of its Media Studies Center. She is also the former co-owner and publisher of the Oakland Tribune and has covered domestic policy for the The New York Times and the New York Post.

A graduate of Stanford Law School, Maynard serves on the board of the Tribune Company, the Haas Business School at the University of California at Berkeley, and the Newspaper Management Center at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. She has served as a director of Kaiser Permanente, the Newspaper Advertising Bureau, and the Individual Investors' Advisory Committee, New York Exchange. Maynard is a member of the Global Business Network, Women's Forum West, and the Commonwealth Club of California. She received the University of Missouri Honor Medal in 1992 for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

   

John X. Miller is the public editor at the Detroit Free Press. He writes a biweekly column dealing with accuracy and credibility, responds to readers' complaints and comments, organizes reader forums, and works with the paper's online component to increase the newspaper's interactivity with readers.

Prior to joining the Free Press, Miller was the managing editor of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He had been managing editor of the Sun News since 1996. From 1991 to 1996, he had been executive editor at the Reporter in Landsdale, Pa. He came to the Reporter from USA Today, where he was deputy managing editor for sports. He worked at USA Today from 1982 to 1991 and was one of the original staff members in sports. Previously, Miller worked at the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina as a sports copy and layout editor.

Miller is on the advisory board for the James K. Batten Award for Excellence in Civic Journalism and is a board member of the Associated Press Managing Editors. He is an active member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the National Association of Minority Media Executives and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Robert Montemayor is senior vice president for circulation and database operations for BPI Communications. Montemayor has worked at McGraw-Hill, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's Business, Financial Week, and Dow Jones. A 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner, Montemayor, was a staff writer for the Dallas Times Herald and the Los Angeles Times, where he was a member of a reporting team that won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service for a series on Hispanics in the Southwest United States. Montemayor holds an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.

A. Stephen Montiel is the director of the USC Institute for Justice and Journalism. He has served as president of the Maynard Institute from 1988 through 2000. Monteil has more than two decades of experience as a journalist, educator and foundation executive.He was formerly vice president for communications of the Amateur Athletic Foudation of Los Angeles. He worked as a reporter and editor for The Associated press in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. During his 10 years of news experience, he was also a reporter in Vietnam for Pacific Stars and Stripes, a staff writer and copy editor at the Arizona Daily Star and a copy editor at the Los Angeles Times. He was a member of the California Chicano News Media Association while in Los Angeles. From 1979 to 1981, he was assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He directed the institute's Summer Program for Minority Journalists in 1981, and the institute's 1991 Management Training Center. Montiel has been a member of the Maynard Institute Board of Directors since its incorporation in 1977. He served as deputy press secretary of the 1984 Olympic Games and as campaign press secretary for the re-election of Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles in 1985. He graduated in 1969 from the University of Arizona with a BA in journalism.

John Oppedahl is the Chairman, Publisher and CEO of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Oppedahl, 56, began his career in 1967 as a reporter at the San Francisco Examiner. He held several positions at the Detroit Free Press, including reporter, city editor, news editor and assistant managing editor from 1968 to 1983. From there he joined the Dallas Times Herald as national and foreign editor and was named assistant managing editor in 1985. From 1987 to 1989 he served as managing editor/news for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. In June 1989 Oppedahl was named managing editor of The Arizona Republic, in 1993 he became Executive Editor of Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., and became publisher of The Republic in January 1996. He moved to his current position in November 2000.

He is chairman of the board of The Daily Californian (the University of California at Berkeley student paper), and a member of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia University Journalism School. He was chairman of the board of the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix) United Way for year 2000, chairman of the Morrison Institute Advisory Board at Arizona State University, a member of the board of the Greater Phoenix Leadership (a business organization), the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, the Governor's Task Force on Higher Education and the Phoenix Art Museum.


Addie M. Rimmer is the deputy managing editor for news at the Detroit Free Press. She previously was the executive editor and vice president of the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado; editor and vice president of The News in Boca Raton, Florida; assistant managing editor and deputy features editor of the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, California; assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arizona in Tucson and held several positions at The Wall Street Journal in New York; a copy editor at The Miami Herald and was a reporter at a financial wire service. A 1980 graduate of The Editing Program, Rimmer has served as the chair of the Maynard Institute's Editing Program Advisory Committee for several years. She is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and the City College of New York.

Gerald M. Sass is a senior consultant to The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit. He retired in 1997 as executive vice president of that organization and as executive director of its Media Studies Center, based in New York. He is also the chairman of the advisory committee of The Freedom Forum's Pacific Coast Center in San Francisco. Sass joined The Freedom Forum's predecessor organization, the Gannett Foundation, in 1977 as director of education and was elected a vice president in 1981. Sass has been a longtime supporter of the Maynard Institute. In 1974, he worked to secure the initial funding for the Summer Program for Minority Journalists, which later became the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Prior to joining the foundation, Sass was director of personnel for Gannett Co., Inc. for six years. Prior to that he had served as personnel director for the Gannett Rochester Newspapers.

Alexis Scott is publisher of the Atlanta Daily World, a newspaper founded by her grandfather W.A. Scott II in 1928. She has responsibility for the overall editorial content and general management of the paper, which targets the black community in metro Atlanta. Scott joined the family business in 1997 as the business manager, following a 22-year career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Cox Enterprises, Inc., where she worked her way up from reporter to vice president/community affairs at the Journal-Constitution and then director of diversity at Cox.

In addition to her duties as publisher of the newspaper, she also has an extensive community service background. Scott has served on more than a dozen boards and committees of nonprofit organizations. Currently she is a member of the board of the Atlanta Press Club. She has been president of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Media Women, treasurer of the Atlanta Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, and the organizer and chair of two diversity affinity groups.

Mark Trahant (Chairman) is an Idaho native and his Western roots and journalistic experience are deeply connected. He was appointed the Maynard Institute's CEO in January 2001. Previously, with the Seattle Times, he wrote a twice-weekly column on subjects ranging from his Western roots to his views about journalism and society. He joined the Seattle Times from the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho, and Pullman, Washington, where he was the publisher. He also wrote a syndicated weekly column, "Letter From Moscow." His journalism career includes work as executive news editor ofThe Salt Lake Tribune, reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoneix, as well as editor and publisher at serveral tribal newspapers. Trahant writes a twice-monthly column for MSNBC.com.

Trahant is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe of Idaho and has received numerous honors, including the Elias Boudinot Award for Lifetime Contributions to Journalism and the Hewywood Brun and Paul Tobenkin awards; was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1989. He is past president and a current member of the Native American Journalists Asociation. Trahant is a trustee of The Freedom Forum.
 

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