Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees

About the Endowment Board

Cronkite’s Endowment Board of Trustees is composed of top media leaders from across the Valley. Trustees advise the dean, help facilitate Cronkite’s accreditation process, support students through mentorship and internship and career opportunities and philanthropically support the school’s priority funding needs. Trustees also help spearhead the school’s signature fundraising event, the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Executive committee

  • Richard Barone, vice president, Cox Media; co-chair, Student Experience Committee
  • Battinto Batts Jr., dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • David Bodney, senior counsel, Ballard Spahr LLP; past president
  • Elizabeth Murphy Burns, president and chief executive officer, Morgan Murphy Media; chair, Academic Experience Committee
  • Kim Covington, vice president, community initiatives, Arizona Community Foundation; member, Student Experience Committee
  • Christine Dotts, senior vice president, Brodeur Partners; co-chair, Development Committee
  • Anita Helt, vice president and general manager, ABC15 Arizona and CW61 Arizona; board president
  • Ray Schey, publisher, Phoenix Business Journal; co-chair, Student Experience Committee
  • John Schurz, president and general manager, Orbitel Communications; co-chair, Development Committee

Board members

  • Susan Bitter Smith, executive director, Southwest Cable Communications Association
  • Rebecca Blatt, senior associate dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Greg Burton, executive editor, The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com
  • Ahron Cohen, venture partner, Advantage Sports Tech Fund
  • Andrew Deschapelles, president and general manager, Telemundo Arizona
  • Joe Donnarumma, president and general manager, Univision Communications Inc.
  • Elvira Espinoza, chief communications officer, Raza Development Fund
  • Adrienne Fairwell, general manager, Arizona PBS
  • Derrick Hall, president and CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Scott Harkey, president, OH Partners
  • Brian Hogan, senior vice president and general manager, FOX Sports Arizona
  • Gordon James, owner, Gordon C. James Public Relations
  • Dawn Jones, chief diversity and inclusion officer, vice president of social impact, Intel Corporation
  • Susan Karis, vice president sales, Hubbard Radio Phoenix
  • Chris Kline, president and CEO, Arizona Broadcasters Association
  • Beau Lane, founder and CEO, LaneTerralever
  • Linda Little, president, Arizona region, iHeartMedia
  • Lynn Londen, CEO, AZTV Channel 7
  • Fran Mallace, group vice president, Cox Media
  • Michael Mallace, radio professional
  • Kate Morris, president and general manager, 12 News (KPNX-TV)
  • Tim Riester, founder and CEO, RIESTER
  • Mark Rodman, vice president and general manager, Fox 10 Phoenix
  • Vanessa Ruiz, director for diversity initiatives and community engagement, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Robert Stieve, editor, Arizona Highways Magazine
  • Scott Sutherland, vice president and market manager, Bonneville Media
  • Diane Veres, regional president, Clear Channel Outdoor
  • Clancy Woods, co-founder, CEO and director, AFCM, Inc.
  • Emerson Yearwood, associate general counsel and director of regulatory affairs, Cable One, Inc.
  • Aric Zion, CEO, Zion & Zion