Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees

Past Presidents of the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees are:

  • 2016-2017: Kristin Bloomquist, executive vice president and general manager, LaneTerralever
  • 2014-2016: David J. Bodney,
    partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
  • 2010-2013: 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 fifth-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.” Anita Helt, vice president and general manager, ABC15/KNXV-TV, is the board president. Current board members include:


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

  • Anita Helt, vice president and general manager, ABC15/KNXV-TV: president
  • David J. Bodney, partner, Ballard Spahr LLP:  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
  • Win Holden, publisher, Arizona Highways Magazine: chair, Assessment Committee
  • Fran Mallace, vice president, Cox Media: chair, Luncheon Committee
  • Diane Veres, president and general manager, Clear Channel Outdoor: chair, Mentoring Committee


BOARD MEMBERS

  • Ray Artigue, chief advisor, Artigue Advisors
  • 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
  • Andrew Deschapelles, president and general manager, Telemundo Arizona
  • Dean Ditmer, president and general manager, 12 News
  • David Eichler, founder and creative director, Decibel Blue Creative Marketing and PR
  • Elvira Espinoza, chief communications officer, Raza Development Fund
  • Kristin Gilger, senior associate dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Derrick Hall, president and CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Scott Harkey, president, Owens Harkey Advertising
  • Brian Hogan, senior vice president and general manager, FOX Sports Arizona
  • Gordon James, owner, Gordon C. James Public Relations
  • Laura Jordan, director of benefactor relations, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Faith Community
  • Susan Karis, vice president sales, Hubbard Radio Phoenix
  • Beau Lane, founder and CEO, LaneTerralever
  • Linda Little, president, Phoenix market, iHeartMedia
  • Lynn Londen, CEO, AZTV Channel 7
  • Michael Mallace, general manager, Sierra H Broadcasting
  • Mary Mazur, general manager, Arizona PBS
  • 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
  • Tim Riester, president and CEO, RIESTER
  • Mark Rodman, vice president and general manager, Fox 10/KSAZ-TV Phoenix
  • Ray Schey, publisher, Phoenix Business Journal
  • Matt Silverman, principal, PulsePoint Group
  • Curtis Steinhoff, vice president of communications, BIG YAM
  • Robert Stieve, editor, Arizona Highways Magazine
  • Scott Sutherland, vice president and market manager, Bonneville Media
  • Traci Wilkinson, vice president and general manager, KASW-TV Your Phoenix CW
  • Clancy Woods, president, D Mobile