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

  • Battinto Batts Jr., dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Richard Barone, vice president, Cox Media, co-chair, Student Experience Committee
  • Elizabeth Murphy Burns, president and chief executive officer, Morgan Murphy Media, chair, Academic Experience Committee
  • Anita Helt, vice president and general manager, ABC 15 Arizona and CW61 Arizona, board president
  • Kim Covington, vice president, community initiatives, Arizona Community Foundation
  • Christine Dotts, senior vice president, Brodeur Partners; co-chair, Development Committee
  • John Schurz, president and general manager, Orbitel Communications, co-chair, Development Committee
  • Ray Schey, publisher, Phoenix Business Journal, co-chair, Student Experience Committee

Board members

  • Susan Bitter Smith, executive director, Southwest Cable Communications Association
  • 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
  • Kevin James, vice president and general manager, KPHO CBS 5 and KTVK 3TV
  • Dawn Jones, director of policy and external partnerships, Intel
  • 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, Phoenix market, iHeartMedia
  • Lynn Londen, CEO, AZTV Channel 7
  • Fran Mallace, vice president, Cox Media
  • Michael Mallace, radio professional
  • Kate Morris, president and general manager, 12 News (KPNX-TV)
  • Tim Riester, president 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
  • Clancy Woods, president, D Mobile
  • Emerson Yearwood, associate general counsel and director of regulatory affairs, Cable One, Inc.
  • Aric Zion, CEO, Zion & Zion