Newseum Chairman, Trustees Named

From the release:

    Alberto Ibarguen, president and chief executive officer of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will become of chairman of the Newseum Jan.1, 2007, and four nationally known people will join the Newseum board.

    The new trustees include three media executives and a former director of the National Park Service:

  • Gary L. Ginsberg, executive vice president, corporate affairs, News Corp.
  • George B. Irish, president, Hearst Newspapers, and senior vice president, Hearst Corp.
  • Robert Stanton, former director, National Park Service
  • David Westin, president, ABC News

    “These moves broaden the base of active support for the Newseum,” said Charles L. Overby, who continues as chief executive officer. “When we open in the fall of 2007, the Newseum will have the benefit of both a strong management team and an outstanding board of directors.”

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    Other Newseum trustees include educators, authors, and business and civic leaders.

    The Freedom Forum’s largest-funded program is the Newseum, a museum of news nearing completion at Pennsylvania Avenue and 6th Street in Washington. The $435-million project is expected to open in September 2007.

    Ibargüen leads one of the nation’s largest private independent foundations. With assets of $1.9 billion, the Knight Foundation makes grants of more than $90 million annually to promote excellence in journalism. Ibargüen has been a newspaper executive for more than 20 years, first at the Hartford (Conn.) Courant and then at Newsday in New York before joining Knight Ridder. He was publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald until July, when he assumed his current position at the Knight Foundation. During his tenure at The Miami Herald, the newspaper won three Pulitzer Prizes.

    Ibargüen is on the Trustee’s Council of the National Gallery of Art, the Advisory Council of the Public Accounting Oversight Board and is a member of the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is former chairman of the board of the Public Broadcasting Service and has served on the boards of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and other nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

    Newseum Chairman release, 12-13-06, page two

    A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela’s Amazon territory and in Colombia.

    Ginsberg is executive vice president of corporate affairs at News Corp., where he is responsible for coordinating and executing the company’s investor relations program. He also oversees corporate affairs, strategic communications and philanthropic efforts.

    Ginsberg joined News Corp. in 1999 after serving as a managing director at the New York-based strategic consulting firm of Clark & Weinstock. Previously, he was a senior editor and counsel of George, the monthly political magazine, and a former assistant counsel to President Clinton. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Columbia University School of Law.

    Irish is president of Hearst Newspapers and senior vice president of Hearst Corp. Hearst Newspapers publishes 12 dailies and 14 weeklies in cities including Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, San Antonio and Albany.

    Irish joined Hearst in 1979 and has held several executive positions there. He also is a director of The Associated Press; director and treasurer of the Newspaper Association of America; a member of the board of visitors, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; director of the International Center for Journalists; and a member of the Nieman Foundation advisory board. A graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., Irish is former chairman of the university’s board of trustees.

    Stanton, former director of the National Park Service, began his government career in 1962 as a seasonal ranger at Grand Teton National Park. He served as a ranger, superintendent, deputy regional director, assistant director and regional director of the National Capital Region. In 1997, President Clinton made Stanton the first African-American to head the bureau. He led the National Park Service — a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreation sites across the United States — until 2001.

    Stanton currently is a senior fellow at Texas A&M University. A graduate of Huston-Tillotson University in Texas, he has been a visiting professor at Howard University in Washington and a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environment. He is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Diversity Council and chairman emeritus of the trustees of the African American Experience Fund, National Park Foundation.

    Westin was named president of ABC News in 1997. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts, including “World News Tonight With Charles Gibson,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20,” “Primetime Live” and “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” In addition, he oversees ABC News Radio,, ABC News’ satellite service, NewsOne, and “ABC News Now,” a multimedia news channel.


    Newseum Chairman release, 12-13-06, page three

    Westin joined Capital Cities/ABC as vice president and general counsel in 1991 and in 1994 was named president, ABC Television Network. Before joining ABC, Westin was a partner in Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. He previously had served as a law clerk to Justice Lewis F. Powell of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Westin serves on the board of The Associated Press as its sole outside director from a broadcast news division, the board of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the board of the Yonkers Partners in Education. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the Law School of the University of Michigan.

    The Freedom Forum, based in Arlington, Va., is a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on three priorities: the Newseum, the First Amendment and newsroom diversity.

    The Freedom Forum is the principal funder of operations of the Newseum, an interactive museum of news under construction in Washington, D.C.; the First Amendment Center; and the Diversity Institute. The First Amendment Center and the Diversity Institute are housed in the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. The First Amendment Center also has offices in Washington and the Diversity Institute has offices and programs at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

    The Freedom Forum was established in 1991 under the direction of Founder Allen H. Neuharth as successor to a foundation started in 1935 by newspaper publisher Frank E. Gannett. The Freedom Forum is not affiliated with Gannett Co. Its work is supported by income from an endowment of diversified assets.