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Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees

Past Presidents of the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees are:

  • 2013-2016: David J. Bodney,
    partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
  • 2009-2013: John Misner
    chief operating officer, Republic Media
  • 2008-2009: Win Holden,
    publisher, Arizona Highways Magazine
  • 2008: Ron Bergamo,
    general manager and vice president, AZ-TV
  • 2006-2007: Manny Molina,
    president, Molina Media Group
  • 2004-2005: Win Holden,
    publisher, Arizona Highways Magazine
  • 2002-2003: Ray Artigue,
    senior vice president, Phoenix Suns
  • 2000-2001: Brad Nilsen,
    general manager, ABC15, KNXV-TV
  • 1998-1999: Susan Bitter Smith,
    executive director,
    Arizona-New Mexico Cable
    Communications Association
  • 1996-1997: Bill Miller,
    executive vice president, MAC America Communication
  • 1994-1995: Sanford Schwartz,
    publisher, Tribune Newspapers
  • 1992-1993: Jim Taszarek,
    vice president and general manager, KTAR/KKLT Radio
  • 1989-1991: Howard E. Wall,
    president, Post-Newsweek Cable Co.
  • 1986-1988: C. E. “Pep” Cooney,
    president and general manager, 12 News, KPNX-TV
  • 1983-1985: Darrow “Duke” Tully,
    publisher, The Arizona Republic

The Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees was created in 1983 to support the Cronkite School. The board is composed of top media leaders from across Phoenix, the nation’s sixth largest city, and from around the Valley. Newspaper editors and publishers, television and radio station general managers, magazine editors and publishers, public relations executives and other industry leaders all serve on the board. Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan calls the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees “the most influential and hardest working board of its type in journalism education.” The board meets quarterly to plan the school’s annual Cronkite Luncheon, at which the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism is presented each year to a leading journalist. The event is one of the most popular in the Valley, with more than 1,000 people attending. The board provides important counsel and advice to the dean on a wide array of issues facing the journalism school. Board members also regularly offer internships to Cronkite students, and many personally mentor students. “The Cronkite Endowment Board is one of our school’s biggest assets,” Callahan said. “The board’s partnership with and dedication to the Cronkite School through the years has helped create a world-class journalism program.” Kristin Bloomquist, executive vice president and general manager at Cramer-Krasselt, is the board president. Current board members include:


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Kristin Bloomquist, executive vice president and general manager, LaneTerralever: president
  • David J. Bodney, partner, Ballard Spahr LLP: immediate past president
  • Christopher Callahan, dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Tom Chauncey, attorney, Gust Rosenfeld: chair, Nominations Committee
  • John Hatfield, vice president of communications, APS: chair, Development Committee
  • Anita Helt, vice president and general manager, ABC15/KNXV-TV: chair, Outreach and Diversity Committee
  • Win Holden, publisher, Arizona Highways Magazine: chair, Assessment Committee
  • Fran Mallace, vice president, Cox Media: co-chair, Luncheon Committee
  • Diane Veres, president and general manager, Clear Channel Outdoor: chair, Mentoring Committee


BOARD MEMBERS

  • Ray Artigue, executive vice president, Cardon Global
  • Susan Bitter Smith, executive director, Southwest Cable Communications Association
  • Art Brooks, president and CEO, Arizona Broadcasters Association
  • Elizabeth Murphy Burns, president and chief executive officer, Morgan Murphy Media
  • Paula Casey, executive director, Arizona Newspapers Association
  • Araceli De Leon, president and regional general manager, Telemundo Arizona
  • Michael Dee, president, Arizona Foothills Magazine
  • David Eichler, founder and creative director, Decibel Blue Creative Marketing & PR
  • Elvira Espinoza, publisher, Mixed Voces
  • Kristin Gilger, associate dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Derrick Hall, president and CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • John Hatfield, vice president of communications, APS
  • Scott Harkey, president, Owens Harkey Advertising
  • Brian Hogan, senior vice president and general manager, FOX Sports Arizona
  • Richard Howe, executive vice president and general manager, KAZT-TV
  • Gordon James, owner, Gordon C. James Public Relations
  • Laura Jordan, owner, The Jordan Group
  • Susan Karis, vice president sales, Hubbard Radio Phoenix
  • Linda Little, president, Phoenix market, iHeartMedia
  • Michael Mallace, general manager, Sierra H Broadcasting
  • Denise McManus, vice president and general manager, KASW
  • John Misner, President and General Manager, 12 News/KPNX-TV and 12News.com
  • Art Mobley, CEO, AdviceAd
  • Mary Morrison, Mary M Media
  • Ed Munson, vice president and general manager, CBS 5 and 3TV, KTVK-TV
  • Jim Paluzzi, vice president, division of public service, Rio Salado College, KJZZ/KBAQ
  • Mi-Ai Parrish, president and publisher, The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com
  • Tim Riester, president and CEO, Riester
  • Jose Rodiles, general manager, Riviera Broadcast Group
  • Mark Rodman, vice president and general manager, FOX 10/KSAZ-TV Phoenix
  • Jason Rowley, president, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury
  • Ray Schey, publisher, Phoenix Business Journal
  • Alan Silverman, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Cable One
  • Matt Silverman, vice president and managing director, R&R Partners
  • Robert Stieve, editor, Arizona Highways Magazine
  • Scott Sutherland, vice president and market manager, Bonneville Media
  • Clancy Woods, president, D Mobile Inc.
  • Roberto Yañez, vice president and general manager, Univision 33 & Unimas