Careers at NAB Leadership Foundation
Our Team
Careers at NAB Leadership Foundation
Our Team
Careers at NAB Leadership Foundation
Our Team

Board of Directors

Michelle Duke
Michelle Duke

Michelle Duke

Michelle Duke

President
NAB Leadership Foundation

Michelle Duke has over 25 years of experience in the media industry, working as a journalist and a trade association nonprofit executive.

Currently, she serves as the president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Leadership Foundation and the chief diversity officer for NAB. As the president of the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation, she is responsible for setting strategic and tactical direction as well as developing and managing the Foundation’s leadership initiatives.

Duke developed the concept of the Foundation’s continuum of programs, including the creation of several current and previous initiatives, including the Leadership Development Program, Technology Apprenticeship Program and Connections Mentoring Program. As of 2007, she oversees the Broadcast Leadership Training program, designed to train senior-level executive broadcasters to purchase, own and operate stations.

Duke assumed the role of chief diversity officer in July. In this newly created position, Duke is spearheading internal efforts to further equity and inclusion at all levels of the organization and elevate NAB’s external role as a resource to our members in their efforts to increase and promote industry diversity.

Prior to these roles, she held the position of vice president of Diversity and Development at the NAB Leadership Foundation. In this role, she was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Foundation’s diversity agenda.

Before joining NAB in January 2005, she was the director of Leadership Programs for the Newspaper Association of America. She started her media career as a reporter for now-defunct, afternoon daily The Nashville Banner, previously based in Nashville, Tenn.

For the past seven years, Michelle has been on Radio Ink Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Radio list. She has served on the national board of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, as the board chair of the Washington Literacy Center and as a board director and volunteer for numerous organizations.

She received her Bachelor of Science in journalism from Middle Tennessee State University.

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President
NAB Leadership Foundation

Darrell Brown
Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Chair
Bonneville International Corporation
Salt Lake City, Utah

Darrell K. Brown was appointed president of Bonneville International Corporation on December 13, 2013. Darrell oversees Bonneville's 22 radio stations in the Denver, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle and Salt Lake City markets. He also oversees operations at KSL-TV in Salt Lake City.

Darrell is an accomplished senior broadcast executive, previously serving as president of McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company. His career with McGraw-Hill spanned 28 years where he served in various sales and management roles for ABC and Azteca America television stations, including vice president and general manager roles in San Diego, Calif., and Denver, Colo. Additionally, Darrell is currently serving on the NAB Television Board and has served as chairman of the ABC Television Affiliates Association and as an executive board member of Minneapolis-based Internet Broadcasting Systems.

Darrell also deeply reflects and leads in areas related to the Bonneville mission. He has a tremendous background in building the communities he works in and has served on various executive boards in San Diego and Denver, including the Chamber of Commerce, United Way and the Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves on the Primary Children's Hospital Board in Salt Lake City.

"Bonneville International is known across the industry for its integrity and quality," Brown said. "As a group these stations are committed to serving and building up their local communities. I am honored to be part of Bonneville's legacy."

Darrell and his wife Lise live in Salt Lake City, Utah. They have four children.

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Chair
Bonneville International Corporation
Salt Lake City, Utah


NAB Leadership Foundation Staff

Tim Dotson
Tim Dotson

Tim Dotson

Tim Dotson

Director of Development

With over 25 years working in the broadcasting industry, Tim knows a thing or two about broadcast sales and management. As the Director of Development, Tim takes the lead on the fundraising, sponsorships and donation funding that help support our programs, initiatives and events.

From Hearst Television (WBAL-TV) to Allbritton Communications (WJLA-TV), from Scripps Howard Broadcasting (WMAR-TV) to Sinclair Broadcast Group (WBFF-TV and WJLA), Tim understands what it takes to stand out in this industry to meet and exceed sales revenue goals.

Tim works closely with industry-specific and related businesses to identify partnership opportunities and help both sides reach business goals together. From recruiting the next generation of sales professionals or securing your seat at the Celebration of Service to America Awards, Tim works tirelessly to ensure your organization and brand is involved and exposed to the current and aspiring leaders of our industry.

When Tim isn’t capitalizing on the Foundation’s funding and future, you can find him spending time with his family or catching up on the latest binge-worthy television series.

Why do you enjoy working for the NAB Leadership Foundation?

I enjoy working for the Foundation because in my role as director of Development, I have the opportunity to collaborate with all broadcast groups. I work with executives from every broadcast company, creating partnerships that involve their people in our programs. It is a true win/win, as they benefit by providing leadership training to their own people while supporting the Foundation. When I reach out to a broadcaster or a broadcast-related vendor with an opportunity and they say, “This is perfect, just exactly what we have been looking for,” it makes my day.

Looking to partner with the NAB Leadership Foundation or want to learn more about our programs, initiative and events? Reach out to Tim to learn more about how we are shaping the future of broadcasting.

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Director of Development

Paloma Johnson-Walker
Paloma Johnson-Walker

Paloma Johnson-Walker

Paloma Johnson-Walker

Education Program Coordinator

As the Education Program Coordinator, Paloma ensures all our programs and initiatives exceed participant expectations and help shape the future of broadcasting.

From matching mentors with college students to analyzing speaker and program evaluations, Paloma specializes in managing our programs and supporting the workforce of our industry. With over 40 program participants, Paloma works with individuals, partners and institutions to improve the quality of our program content and finding the best ways to expand program experiences outside the classroom.

As the NAB Leadership Insights podcast producer, Paloma is dedicated to giving the people who work in our industry a platform to discuss the industry’s future. She ensures the podcast provides leadership and industry insights and empowers students to display their expertise and knowledge.

When Paloma isn’t developing our future programs, you can find her supporting her NBA team, the Washington Wizards, producing podcasts or whipping up a delicious matcha tea.

Why do you enjoy working for the NAB Leadership Foundation?

I enjoy working for the NAB Leadership Foundation because of the people we serve and the experiences we create. I get to be inspired by college students with dreams of making a difference in broadcasting and to learn from top-level executives who are making that difference. This job is more than a job for me: it aligns with my mission to increase diversity in the communities we serve and every day I get to work with a great team of genuine people who know that the future of broadcasting is necessary and vital.

Curious to learn more about our programs or application process? Reach out to Paloma to learn more about program development and how these programs help shape the future of broadcasting.

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Education Program Coordinator

Jessica Stevens
Jessica Stevens

Jessica Stevens

Jessica Stevens

Marketing and Events Manager

As the Marketing and Events Manager, Jessica oversees and executes all branding and marketing campaigns for the Foundation. From developing strategic marketing plans to planning the Foundation events calendar, Jessica works to ensure the NAB Leadership Foundation’s mission is heard and the broadcast industry is equipped with leadership insights and knowledge to further their careers and goals.

Jessica plays a key role in the continuation and evolution of the NAB Leadership Foundation. As the marketing and events manager, Jessica drives growth in brand awareness, program participation, engagement and revenue support. Prior to the NAB Leadership Foundation, Jessica worked for a leading event marketing agency to drive national marketing campaigns.

When Jessica isn’t orchestrating the Foundation’s marketing campaign, you can find her exploring what D.C. has to offer, trying the latest buzzworthy restaurant or taking her family dog, Bear, on a long trail run.

Why do you enjoy working for the NAB Leadership Foundation?

Working for the NAB Leadership Foundation is one of the most encouraging and inspirational positions I’ve held in my career. From helping a college student prepare for a successful life after college to discussing business growth and making a difference with a senior level executive, there are so many opportunities to experience the talent, resilience and power in broadcasting. Every day I am reminded how great the people who work in the industry are and of the promising future of the broadcast industry.

Curious to learn more about our programs and how you can engage our audience? Reach out to Jessica to learn more about our marketing and event efforts and how your organization can get involved.

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Marketing and Events Manager


NAB Leadership Foundation Directors

Artie Altman
Artie Altman

Artie Altman

Artie Altman

Executive Vice President
Katz TV Group
New York, N.Y.

Artie started his career in media sales at MMT in New York in 1986. In 1995, he left to launch United Television Sales as New York manager and director of Sales for the Chris Craft Television Group.

In 2001 he joined the local sales staff at Tribune-owned WPIX 11 in New York.

During that time, he was recruited by The Katz Television Group to run the newly acquired and consolidated Sinclair Broadcast Group sales teams.

In 2012 he was promoted to his current role as executive vice president, where his days are spent cultivating and maintaining relationships with station owners, sales managers, agency local broadcast directors and media buyers. He feels fortunate to count many of these colleagues as friends. In addition, Artie maintains oversight of the Katz New York office and New York sales training program.

Artie serves on the TVB Board of Directors and is a member of the Broadcasters Foundation of America.

Artie’s sometimes known as one half of the first couple of New York media after 36 years of marriage to Randy Altman, a seasoned media professional who, after a career in local broadcast buying, recently landed on the side of sales for ProvantageX selling and developing enterprise level media automation software.

Media runs in his DNA: his son Bryan is a social media strategist for Conde Nast and his daughter in law Jessica is senior video/audio media strategist for OpAd media in New York City. Daughter Lindsay works in New York City as an occupational therapist. Artie’s sister Candy Altman is a very well respected and now retired vice president of News, having spent more than 30 years with Hearst Television. Together Candy and her husband Joe Bergantino, a respected TV news journalist and director of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, stay involved teaching and promoting ethics in journalism and reporting.

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Executive Vice President
Katz TV Group
New York, N.Y.

Emily Barr
Emily Barr

Emilly Barr

Emily Barr

President and CEO
Graham Media Group
Chicago, Ill.

Emily L. Barr is the president and chief executive officer of Graham Media Group, the television broadcasting division of Graham Holdings Company. She has held this position since July 2012. Barr oversees seven local television stations - each in a top-70 market, representing nearly 7 percent coverage in the U.S. All stations are recognized as news leaders on air, on the go and on line: KPRC-TV Houston (NBC); WDIV-TV Detroit (NBC); KSAT-TV San Antonio (ABC); WKMG-TV Orlando (CBS); a duopoly in Jacksonville: WJXT-TV (Fully Local) and WCWJ-TV (CW) and WSLS-TV Roanoke (NBC). GMG also owns Social News Desk, a leading provider of social media management tools designed to connect newsrooms with their users.

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President and CEO
Graham Media Group
Chicago, Ill.

Caroline Beasley
Caroline Beasley

Caroline Beasley

Caroline Beasley

CEO
Beasley Media Group

Caroline Beasley was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. on January 1, 2017, previously serving as interim Chief Executive Officer from March 18, 2016 until December 31st, 2016 and as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary beginning in 1994. Ms. Beasley has served as a Director of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. since she joined the Company in 1983. Over her tenure prior to 1994, she was employed in various positions, including Business Manager, Assistant Controller and Corporate Controller.

She currently serves as the Joint Board Chair of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Board of Directors and is a past Chairman of the NAB Radio Board. In addition, Ms. Beasley is a member of the BMI Board of Directors and the Broadcasters Foundation of America Board of Directors.

In 2017, she was honored by Radio Ink magazine as “Radio Executive of the Year”. Ms. Beasley was named one of the “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” in 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017. In addition, she has been recognized in the magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Radio” listing on an annual basis since 2003.

Ms. Beasley received the 2016 “Distinguished Service Award” from the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and was the 2012 recipient of the “Frances Preston Trailblazer Award” from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW), a national organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women to senior positions in the radio industry.

She is a member of the Board of Visitors at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina, where Ms. Beasley earned a B.S. degree.

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CEO
Beasley Media Group

Emerson Coleman
Emerson Coleman

Emerson Coleman

Emerson Coleman

Senior Vice President, Programming
Hearst Television, Inc.
New York, NY

Emerson Coleman has served as senior vice president, programming, for Hearst Television since 2018. He was previously vice president, programming since 1999. Among the industry's most highly regarded programming executives, Coleman oversees the company's program development and acquisitions.

Previously, Coleman was vice president and director of broadcast operations at Hearst’s WBAL-TV, Baltimore, where he developed the highly honored nationally syndicated public affairs series The Remarkable Journey. He also worked at WBZ-TV, Boston and WJZ-TV, Baltimore, where he was executive producer of local programming. Coleman has been honored with national and regional awards from organizations including the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Association of Television Program Executives, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Black Journalists. He created and serves as executive-in-charge of production of the weekly national political talk show Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien.

Among a number of board responsibilities, Coleman serves on the Advisory Board of the Peabody Awards, the Executive Committee of the National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE), and the Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications. He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Senior Vice President, Programming
Hearst Television, Inc.
New York, NY



Jan Goldstein

Jan Goldstein

Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Gray Television
Atlanta, GA

Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Gray Television
Atlanta, GA

Kim Guthrie
Kim Guthrie

Kim Guthrie

Kim Guthrie

Kim Guthrie is president of Cox Media Group (CMG), an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., based in Atlanta, Ga. As president, Kim oversees all content, sales and operations for 14 broadcast television stations, more than 60 radio stations, seven daily newspapers, 11 non-daily publications and more than 100 digital sites and services like Rare.us, Clark.com, Dawg Nation, SEC Country, Hookem.com, Mundo Hispanico, Southern Kitchen and All22. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps – the country’s biggest television rep firm – Gamut and Videa.

Previously, Kim was executive vice president of National Ad Platforms and president of CoxReps, based in New York City, where she also had oversight of Gamut and Videa. Prior to that role, Kim was executive vice president of Radio, where she was responsible for all programming, operations and sales for CMG’s radio division.

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Rebecca Hanson
Rebecca Hanson

Rebecca Hanson

Rebecca Hanson

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
HC2 Broadcasting Holdings, Inc.
New York, NY

Rebecca is EVP and General Counsel for HC2 Broadcasting, which operates a broad range of television stations in the U.S. She was previously head of Policy for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Prior to that, she was a senior advisor, Broadcast Spectrum with the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, and served on the Incentive Auction Task Force as the point person for broadcaster participation and issues affecting nonparticipating broadcasters. Prior to joining the FCC, from 2007 to 2009, she was the vice president, Strategic Initiatives at Sprint Nextel. She also held the positions of senior vice president, Business Development and vice president and deputy general counsel at XM Satellite Radio, Inc.

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Executive Vice President and General Counsel
HC2 Broadcasting Holdings, Inc.
New York, NY

Julie Koehn
Julie Koehn

Julie Koehn

Julie Koehn

President
Lenawee Broadcasting Company

Julie began her broadcasting career in 1985 as an account executive after graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both industrial and labor relations and political science. Julie is a veteran of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors, having served as chairman in 2005-2006. She served on the board of directors of the MAB Foundation from 2011-2012 as the vice chair and is currently the board chair. She is also a trustee for the MAB Political Action Committee.

Julie has also been a featured and panel speaker on small market radio at multiple National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) annual conferences. Under her management, station accomplishments include three NAB Crystal Radio Awards, two NAB Leadership Foundation Service to America Awards, Service to Children Awards, one NAB Marconi Award for AC Station of the Year in 2004, one NAB Marconi Award for National Small Market Station of the Year in 2011 and five MAB Station of the Year Awards.

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President
Lenawee Broadcasting Company

Brian Lawlor
Brian Lawlor

Brian Lawlor

Brian Lawlor

President of Local Media
The E.W. Scripps Company
Cincinnati, Ohio

In addition to the company’s 52 television stations, Lawlor is also responsible for local digital operations, Scripps local programming initiatives and the five Katz multicast networks. Since assuming his current role in 2009, Lawlor has overseen the rapid growth of the broadcasting assets from 10 TV stations in 2009 to Scripps’ current portfolio, which makes Scripps one of the largest independent owner of TV stations in the country.

In 2012 Broadcasting and Cable magazine named him Broadcaster of the Year and one of the 80 Most Influential People in Television. In 2019, Radio and Television Business Report named him one of Broadcast Television’s Best Leaders. He has been the driving force in the successful launch of Scripps national programming which includes “Right This Minute” and “The List.”

Lawlor is currently the chairman of the ABC Board of Governors and a board member of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. He serves on the advisory board of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is the former television board chairman for the National Association of Broadcasters. He also previously served as the president and chairman of the NBC Affiliates Board.

Lawlor holds a bachelor’s degree from King’s College and an MBA from the University of Miami, Florida.

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President of Local Media
The E.W. Scripps Company
Cincinnati, Ohio

DeDe Lea
DeDe Lea

DeDe Lea

DeDe Lea

Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Relations
Viacom CBS
Washington, D.C.

DeDe Lea is executive vice president, Global Public Policy and Government Relations, ViacomCBS. In this role, Lea oversees all government affairs and public policy work for the company globally. She reports to Bob Bakish, president and chief executive officer, ViacomCBS. Lea brings two decades worth of leadership experience and institutional knowledge to ViacomCBS. She previously served as Viacom’s executive vice president of Global Government Affairs since 2013. During this time, Lea guided the development and execution of government relations strategy for the company across its brands and businesses, both domestically and internationally. Before that, she led Viacom’s Government Relations team as executive vice president, beginning in 2005. Lea joined Viacom in 1997 as the company’s vice president of Government Relations.

Lea also served as vice president of Government Affairs for Dallas-based television broadcasting company Belo Corporation. Prior to her career at Viacom, she was senior vice president of Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters.

In 2019, Lea was named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America. She was also recognized as a Top Lawyer by Cablefax magazine in 2018 and was a recipient of the 2014 NCTA Vanguard Award for Government and Community Relations.

Lea obtained a J.D. from Georgetown Law and graduated cum laude from Howard University with a B.A. in Broadcast Management. She currently sits on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

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Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Relations
Viacom CBS
Washington, D.C.

David Lougee
David Lougee

David Lougee

David Lougee

President and CEO
TEGNA
McLean, Va.

Dave Lougee is president of TEGNA Media for TEGNA Inc., formerly Gannett Co., Inc., overseeing the company’s 46 television stations (including those served by TEGNA). TEGNA Media is the largest independent operator of major network affiliates in the top 25 markets and covers one-third of all television households nationwide. Lougee was named president of Gannett Broadcasting in July 2007.

In 2015, Dave was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In 2014, Lougee was awarded the First Amendment Leadership Award by RTDNF and the Broadcaster of the Year Award by Broadcasting & Cable. He serves on several industry boards: he is the joint board chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB); serves as vice chair of the NBC Affiliates Board; is a member of the BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Board of Directors, the Broadcasters Foundation of America and a past chair of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) Board of Directors.

Previously, Lougee served as executive vice president, media operations for Belo Corp. At Belo, he also served as senior vice president; president and general manager of TV and cable operations in Seattle/Tacoma; and news director at KING-TV in Seattle/Tacoma. Before that, Lougee was vice president, news at WRC-TV, the NBC owned and operated station in Washington DC and vice president, news director at KUSA-TV in Denver.

Lougee is a graduate of the University of Colorado and attended the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2004.

Dave and his wife, Danni, reside in Northern Virginia with their son, Nash.

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President and CEO
TEGNA
McLean, Va.

DuJuan McCoy
DuJuan McCoy

DuJuan McCoy

DuJuan McCoy

Owner, President and CEO
Bayou City Broadcasting
The Woodlands, Texas

DuJuan McCoy is a 1989 graduate of Butler University, where he earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Sales. He began his television career soon thereafter in 1989 as an Account Executive for WTTV in Indianapolis, Indiana, his hometown. He now has over 24 years of local television experience and has built a great career growing small, medium and large market television stations into revenue winners while significantly improving company profitability.

His experience includes 13 years of Television sales management of which ten were as General Sales Manager/Director of Sales in market sizes ranging from #105 to #10. He has worked with small, medium and large ownership groups in different regions of the country, including Capitol Broadcasting, River City Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcasting and Fox Owned and Operated Television stations and he has successfully managed revenue budgets ranging from $4 million to over $130 million annually.

To hone his management skills further and to fulfill his lifelong dream to be an owner of television stations, Mr. McCoy was accepted into the exclusive National Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Leadership Training Program in September 2007. The NAB BLT program is an exclusive 10 month executive style MBA program designed to educate tenured broadcast executives on all aspects of purchasing broadcast properties including critical business elements that are not necessarily directly taught or learned while working for a broadcast property. Mr. McCoy completed the program in June of 2008.

In December 2007, Mr. McCoy founded, and became Owner, President and CEO of Bayou City Broadcasting, LLC. In January 2008, while still a BLT participant, his company agreed to purchase 7 TV stations from Sage Broadcasting Corp (KXVA-Fox Abilene, KIDY-Fox San Angelo, KIDZ-MyNet Abilene and 4 Class A Stations in Abilene.) With this purchase, Mr. McCoy and Bayou City Broadcasting earned the distinction of being the only African American company to own and or operate a Fox Affiliate in the United States and purportedly the first African American to own and operate a major affiliate in the state of Texas.

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Owner, President and CEO
Bayou City Broadcasting
The Woodlands, Texas

Wendy McMahon
Wendy McMahon

Wendy McMahon

Rosemary Mercedes

President
ABC Owned Television Stations Group
Burbank, Calif.

Wendy McMahon was appointed president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group in December 2017, effective January 2018. Widely regarded as the top station group in the U.S., she has overall responsibility for the company’s eight local TV stations and their digital assets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno. Based in Burbank, Calif., she reports to Dana Walden, chairman, Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment.

In this role, McMahon has leveraged her extensive brand, programming and digital leadership to expand and modernize content production, influence technology to drive organizational effectiveness and engage audiences and advertisers with enhanced experiences, products and capabilities. The eight local TV stations McMahon oversees are consistently market leaders in local news, collectively number one in local news among adults 25-54 for 11 consecutive broadcast seasons and in overall digital audience, video consumption and social reach and engagement. In fact, OTV stations just recently recorded 26 months of consecutive digital video growth.

In September 2018, she drew on the thriving demand for authentic and relevant local storytelling by launching ABC’s Localish, a new digital media brand that brings out the good in America’s cities through locally sourced, yet nationally relevant stories. The following month, she expanded her passion for serving local communities and announced a new Community Journalist program consisting of 20 reporters embedded in local communities informing and reflecting the audience they serve. By reimagining the future of local newsgathering to strategically meet the evolving demands of consumers and the community, McMahon has cemented public interest in rapidly growing local content and furthered the stations’ reach through the ever-expanding multiplatform space. In addition, she has continued to build on the strength of OTV’s leading local news and information brands with the expansion of local content in over the top (OTT) environments, leading to an increase in OTT consumption to 93% year over year on ABC’s OTT apps.

Previously, she served as senior vice president, Digital for the ABC Owned Stations Group, where she was responsible for the digital content, product/technology and audience development strategies and initiatives for the ABC Owned Television Stations. In that role, McMahon oversaw the group’s adoption of data-driven, mobile-first video strategies that drove historical growth and market leadership in on-platform video metrics, social reach and engagement. She also established a first-of-its-kind, local-branded content studio to extend the group’s content and distribution capabilities to premium partners and advertisers. Prior to that, McMahon served as vice president, Programming and Creative Services at KABC TV, the ABC-owned television station in Los Angeles.

Before joining KABC, McMahon served as the creative services director for CBS Owned and Operated Television Stations in Boston, Mass., and Minneapolis, Minn. Early in her career, she worked as a promotion manager for CBS affiliate stations in Jacksonville, Fla., and Savannah, Ga.

McMahon graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University with a degree in mass communications and was honored with Louisiana State University’s Young Alumnus of the Year Award in 2019. She currently serves on the board of the Broadcasters Foundation of America.

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President
ABC Owned Television Stations Group
Burbank, Calif.

Rosemary Mercedes
Rosemary Mercedes

Rosemary Mercedes

Rosemary Mercedes

Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Univision Communications Inc.
New York, N.Y.

Rosemary Mercedes is executive vice president and chief communications officer (CCO) for Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America and the rising diverse, American mainstream. As the first CCO for the company, Mercedes defines Univision’s overall communications strategy, including the media relations approach for all corporate and business matters, industry issues and programming and talent publicity efforts. She works closely with a broad and varied range of constituents, across all business and corporate units to develop communications strategies that contribute to and advance UCI’s business plan and operating objectives. Mercedes is an accomplished communications leader with nearly 20 years of public relations experience.

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Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Univision Communications Inc.
New York, N.Y.

Beth Neuhoff
Beth Neuhoff

Beth Neuhoff

Beth Neuhoff

President and CEO
Neuhoff Media
Jupiter, Fla.

Beth Neuhoff is the President and CEO of Neuhoff Communications, a privately held broadcast television, radio and digital media company focused on small-to mid-size communities. Since her hire by the NCI Investor Group and taking command of the company in August 2012, Elizabeth has dramatically expanded operations and improved the company’s value.

A 2013 participant of the NABLF’s signature program, the Broadcast Leadership Training (BLT), Ms. Neuhoff is recognized for her innovative approach to small market broadcasting. “BLT and the NABLF have been fundamental in my company’s ability to consistently overachieve. The 250 plus BLT graduates have formed a network focused on moving the broadcast industry forward as a whole with an understanding that we must each ‘pay it forward’,” Neuhoff said.

A proven leader in the broadcast industry, Beth’s previous role was Executive Vice President of the Midwest division of Interep, a publicly held national media sales and marketing firm. She oversaw all sales activity across five major cities while working with the nation’s largest advertising agencies to create dynamic and memorable media campaigns.

Ms. Neuhoff has extensive not-for-profit board experience and currently serves on the boards of the Broadcaster’s Foundation of America, the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust and is immediate past Chair of the Palm Beach Infectious Disease Institute. Additionally she is on the Legacy Board of Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a national organization, and was honored for her creation of the “Wear the Bear for Kids with Cancer” campaign with the William J. Casey Hope Award.

Her professional affiliations include the Young President’s Organization (YPO), the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Radio Advertising Bureau, the Illinois Broadcasters, the Idaho Broadcasters, Ellevate (formerly 85 Broads), the International Women’s Forum, and the Alliance for Women in Media. Additionally she was recently named as one of the “Most Influential Women in Radio” by Radio Ink magazine and was a finalist for “Best Broadcaster in America” at the 2014 Radio Show.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Ms. Neuhoff resides in Jupiter, Florida.

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President and CEO
Neuhoff Media
Jupiter, Fla.

Ralph Oakley
Ralph Oakley

Ralph Oakley

Ralph Oakley

President and CEO
Quincy Media Inc.

Oakley became president and CEO of Quincy, a family-owned business that operates 12 TV stations, two daily newspapers and two radio stations, in 2009 after working for the company in various operational and management positions since the 1970s. Oakley is currently a board trustee of the NAB Political Action Committee and serves on the boards of NBC Television Affiliate Association and the Television Bureau of Advertising and is a past board member of the ABC Television Affiliate Board of Governors.

A past president and State Leadership Chairman of the Illinois Broadcasters Association, Oakley was the recipient of the organization's Vincent T. Wasilweski Broadcaster of the Year award in 2012.

Oakley holds a B.S. degree in business administration from Quincy University.

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President and CEO
Quincy Media Inc.

Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill

President and CEO
Broadcast Music, Inc.
New York, N.Y.

Michael O’Neill is President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®). In this role, Mr. O’Neill oversees all of BMI’s business operations, both domestically and globally, and directs the Company’s strategic growth to benefit BMI’s writers, composers, music publishers and licensees. He is also a member of BMI’s Board of Directors.

Mr. O’Neill has served BMI for nearly 20 years, most recently overseeing all aspects of BMI’s writer, composer and publisher relations, domestic licensing and revenue generation including radio, television, cable, satellite and the General licensing division, and managing royalty distributions and administrative services groups. He has led licensing negotiations, developed new licenses and sales policies and spearheaded a new customer relations campaign.

Additionally, Mr. O’Neill has overseen the exponential growth in signing up more than 40,000 new affiliates each year over the past four years, and has been instrumental in developing the groundbreaking BMI Live program, which pays performing songwriters for live performances in small venues. Under his leadership, BMI has maximized revenues to support its affiliated songwriters, composers and publishers.

Mr. O’Neill joined BMI in 1995 as Director, Group and National Accounts from CBS-TV Network, where he was Director, CBS Affiliate Relations. Within two years, he was appointed Assistant Vice President, Media Licensing and two years later, Vice President, Sales and Administration, Media Licensing. In 2006, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Licensing, and in 2010, Senior Vice President, Repertoire and Licensing. In September of 2013, he received his most recent appointment as Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. O’Neill holds an MBA from Rutgers University in Marketing and Finance and received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Montclair University. He is a member of the Broadcaster’s Foundation Golf Committee, the BMI Foundation Corporate Advisory Council and is on the Board of Overseers of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the Board of Directors of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the T.J. Martell Foundation.

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President and CEO
Broadcast Music, Inc.
New York, N.Y.

W. Lawrence Patrick
W. Lawrence Patrick

W. Lawrence Patrick

W. Lawrence Patrick

Chairman Emeritus
Patrick Communications
Elkridge, Md.

Larry Patrick serves as president of Patrick Communications, LLC, a media investment banking and brokerage firm that also provides management consulting services. He is also president of Legend Communications, a 13-station radio group, valued at over $25 million. Patrick Communications was established by Larry in 1984 and is based in Ellicott City, Md.

Larry also previously served as CEO of Gilmore Broadcasting of Kalamazoo, Mich. Gilmore owned four radio and three television stations as well as 18 cable television systems. Prior to this he served as senior vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters. Larry also served as a professor of communications at both the University of Tulsa and the University of Maryland for four years fulltime prior to joining NAB and continued to teach at Maryland for an additional 12 years as an adjunct professor. He got his start in broadcasting in the operation and management of stations.

Larry has testified in 22 federal and state court cases as an expert witness on station valuations, contract damage claims, libel damages and station management and operations. He also has testified before committees of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Copyright Royalty Tribunal and the Australian Communications Department.

Earning a B.A. in telecommunications from the University of Kentucky, Larry also holds a M.S. in communications from the University of Tennessee, a Ph.D. in communications and management from Ohio University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He was admitted as a member of the Maryland Bar Association in 1980. He has co-authored three books on broadcast station management and finance as well as several journal articles. He is also currently an adjunct professor at both Georgetown University Law Center and Central Michigan University.

Larry is a past president of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and of the National Association of Media Brokers. He was awarded the Distinguished Education Service Award by BEA in 2005.He has also served as chairman of the University of Tennessee's College of Communication and Information's Board of Visitors and a member of the University of Tennessee Development Council. He also currently serves as chairman of the board and trustee of the National Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee (NABPAC).

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Chairman Emeritus
Patrick Communications
Elkridge, Md.

Craign Robinson
Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson

Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
NBC Universal
Universal City, Calif.

Craig Robinson is the executive vice president and chief diversity officer for NBCUniversal. He reports directly to NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke. Craig is responsible for defining, enabling and fostering a corporate culture that values diversity of talent, ideas, values and backgrounds across all parts of the company. He acts as the main liaison between NBCUniversal and key national and local figures and oversees the company’s diversity and inclusion commitments, working closely with senior executives to promote these efforts throughout the organization. He also helps guide the company’s multiple internal affinity groups and serves as a member of Comcast and NBCUniversal’s Joint Diversity Council.

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Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
NBC Universal
Universal City, Calif.

Gordon H. Smith
Gordon H. Smith

Gordon H. Smith

Gordon H. Smith

President and CEO
National Association of Broadcasters
Washington, D.C.

Sen. Gordon H. Smith joined the National Association of Broadcasters as president and CEO in November 2009. Prior to joining NAB, Sen. Smith served as a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon and later as senior advisor in the Washington offices of Covington & Burling, LLP.

During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Smith's committee assignments included the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the panel that oversees all broadcast-related legislation. Sen. Smith also served on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Sen. Smith's role on the Commerce Committee and as chairman of a Senate High Tech Task Force helped foster his interest in new media and new technology issues.

Born in Pendleton, Ore., Sen. Smith attended college at Brigham Young University, received his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, and practiced law in New Mexico and Arizona before returning to Oregon to direct the family-owned Smith Frozen Foods business in Weston, Ore. Before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Sen. Smith was elected to the Oregon State Senate, rising to the position of president of that body after only three years.

Gordon and his wife Sharon live in Washington, D.C., and are the parents of three children and five grandchildren.

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President and CEO
National Association of Broadcasters
Washington, D.C.

Gayle Troberman
Gayle Troberman

Gayle Troberman

Gayle Troberman

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
iHeartMedia
New York, N.Y.

Troberman leverages the company’s extensive range of content, experiences and technologies to bring brands together in new ways with consumers across all of the company’s businesses, iHeartMedia’s 859 radio stations and iHeartRadio. Troberman is a marketing innovator and visionary. Prior to iHeartMedia, she served as chief marketing and ideas officer for IPG Mediabrands. Before that, she spent 16 years at Microsoft, first launching internet startups and building the first branded entertainment team online and then as their chief creative officer, overseeing their portfolio of brands and global advertising campaigns across consumer and business-to-business products, including Windows, Office, Bing and XBOX.

Troberman received a B.S. in Communications from Ithaca college.

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Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
iHeartMedia
New York, N.Y.

NAB Leadership Foundation Officers

Curtis LeGeyt
Curtis LeGeyt

Curtis LeGeyt

Curtis LeGeyt

NAB Leadership Foundation Counsel and Chief Operating Officer
National Association of Broadcasters
Washington, D.C.

Curtis LeGeyt is executive vice president, Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters. In that role, he leads NAB's advocacy before the U.S. Congress and White House to protect and preserve free, local broadcasting.

Prior to joining NAB in 2011, Curtis served as senior counsel to Sen. Patrick Leahy's (VT) Judiciary Committee staff. In that role, Curtis advised the chairman and committee on intellectual property, antitrust and first amendment issues impacting the telecommunications, high tech and entertainment industries. Previously, Curtis worked as a staff attorney for the Obama for America presidential campaign, and as an associate with the Howrey LLP law firm in Washington, D.C.

Curtis received his J.D. from Cornell University Law School and his B.A. from Providence College in quantitative economics.

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NAB Leadership Foundation Counsel and Chief Operating Officer
National Association of Broadcasters
Washington, D.C.