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Win Holden, publisher of Arizona Highways magazine, has been named president of the Cronkite Endowment Board for 2008.
It is the second time that Holden has headed up the board, which consists of top media leaders from around the Valley who advise the Cronkite School and plan the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism Luncheon, one of the largest and most-anticipated events in the Valley each year. Holden was board president in 2004-05.
Holden volunteered to lead the board again following the death of Ron Bergamo, general manager of AZ-TV, who was killed in car accident in January shortly after taking over as board chairman.
“Knowing Ron as well and for as long as I did, I thought stepping forward and offering to serve in his stead this year was the right thing to do,” Holden said. “I can never replace Ron, but I hope to carry his vision and enthusiasm through the year.”
Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan said Holden is taking over the board at a critical time for the school.
“This year will be the most important year in the history of the Cronkite School with our move to the Downtown Campus, the opening of our new building and the 25th anniversary of the Cronkite Award. The loss of our friend and colleague, Ron Bergamo, was devastating to all of us at the Cronkite School, the Endowment Board and across the Valley media community. It is an enormous comfort to know that his good friend Win Holden will be leading our board during what we know will be a great year.”
Holden has been publisher of Arizona Highways since 2000. The magazine is recognized as one of the finest travel magazines in the world, with more than 165,000 subscribers in 120 countries. He previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Moses Anshell marketing communication firm in Phoenix, as general manager of the publishing division of MAC America Communications, and as publisher and editor-in-chief of Phoenix Magazine. He has served on the Cronkite Endowment Board since 1995.
Holden has held many positions in the community, including life director and past president of the Fiesta Bowl, chair of the Phoenix Citizens Transit Commission, secretary of the International Regional Magazine Association board of directors, president of the executive council of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe and chair of the Phoenix Pride Commission. He also serves on the board of the Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture and the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Marketing Advisory Board. Holden was the 2007 inductee into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame.