Board of Directors

Strategic best describes the work of the LMA Board of Directors. This hard working and dedicated group represents some of the brightest minds in local media. They are actively involved in setting the strategy for the organization and they also roll up their sleeves when working on various committees and projects. Feel free to reach out to any of them to discuss the work of LMA in more detail.

Matt Coen

CHAIRMAN | President & Co-Founder, Second Street, Inc. (314) 880-4902 matt@secondstreet.com

President & Co-Founder
Second Street, Inc.
1017 Olive Street, Mezzanine Level
St. Louis, MO 63101

Matt Coen

CHAIRMAN | President & Co-Founder, Second Street, Inc. (314) 880-4902 matt@secondstreet.com

Mark Poss

FIRST VICE CHAIRMAN | CEO, Big Fish Works (651) 388-5000 mark@redwingpublishing.com

CEO
Big Fish Works
P.O. Box 2010
Red Wing, MN 55066


Mark Poss is CEO of Big Fish Works based in Red Wing, MN. Along with his wife Becky, they are the second generation family owners of the company formerly known as Red Wing Publishing. They operate a dozen community newspapers, a growing digital advertising agency and two commercial print operations. They are focused on transforming all aspects of their business to thrive in the ever changing media landscape.

Mark has a degree in economics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. But his real education has come from working with his in-laws and all the fantastic employees of Big Fish Works.

Mark Poss

FIRST VICE CHAIRMAN | CEO, Big Fish Works (651) 388-5000 mark@redwingpublishing.com

Robert Brown

SECOND VICE CHAIRMAN | President & COO, Swift Communications (970) 390-4651 rbrown@swiftcom.com

President & COO
Swift Communications
200 Lindbergh Drive P.O. Box 1500
Gypsum, CO 81637


Bob Brown was named as President of Swift Communications in November 2008. He continues to serve as Chief Operating Officer having held that position since January, 2005. He was the General Manager for Colorado Mountain News Media from 1999 to 2004. Brown has also been the Publisher of the Vail Daily, Summit Daily News, Summit County Journal, and Leadville Chronicle.

He has over 30 years of experience in the newspaper and communications industries. Brown is a Board member of Local Media Association, Associated Press, the Youth Foundation of Eagle County and the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. He also volunteered with Vail Leadership and as a youth coach with the Western Eagle County Recreation.

Brown holds a B.S. degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Colorado State University.

Bob has been married to his wife of 29 years Lori and they have 3 children, Britney (28), Cameron (25) and Cody (22).

Robert Brown

SECOND VICE CHAIRMAN | President & COO, Swift Communications (970) 390-4651 rbrown@swiftcom.com

Peter Newton

TREASURER | Chief Revenue Officer, GateHouse Ventures and Propel Marketing (617) 786-7011 pnewton@gatehousemedia.com

Chief Revenue Officer
GateHouse Ventures and Propel Marketing
GateHouse Media
108 Myrtle Street
Quincy, MA 02171


Peter Newton is CEO of Propel Business Services, a subsidiary of GateHouse Media focused on developing and scaling growth businesses, and Chief Revenue Officer of GateHouse Media.  PBS portfolio companies include Propel Marketing, provider of digital marketing services to local businesses.  Prior to joining GateHouse in 2012, Newton was president and founder of Big Rock Consulting Group, a strategic consulting firm specializing in helping media companies grow.  Newton also previously worked at Monster.com as Senior Vice President/General Manager, Small and Medium Business.  He was responsible for overseeing and directing the entire Monster operation dedicated to growing the company’s small- and medium-sized business (SMB) segment.  Newton joined Monster after an 18-year career with The Boston Globe and Boston.com, where he served as Vice President of Advertising and President of BostonWorks, the multimedia recruitment services division launched by The Globe in 2001.  Newton began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co.  He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Peter Newton

TREASURER | Chief Revenue Officer, GateHouse Ventures and Propel Marketing (617) 786-7011 pnewton@gatehousemedia.com

Catherine Badalamente

SECRETARY | VP, Digital Media, Graham Media Group (312) 917-6240 cbadalamente@grahammedia.com

Vice President, Digital Media
Graham Media Group
161 N. Clark St Suite 2900
Chicago IL, 60601


Catherine Badalamente is the Vice President, Digital Media for Graham Media Group. She has held this position since October 2012. In her role, Badalamente oversees digital sales, content, and technology for GMG.

Badalamente has been at the forefront of the changing television landscape and transition to new media throughout her career.
Under her leadership, Graham Digital has transformed from a small group of part-time employees to a leading edge development company. Graham Digital is made up of dedicated individuals passionate about the intersection of digital technology and cutting edge media.

Prior to her current role she served as Director of Digital Media, helping to create successful multi-platform convergent campaigns for clients and stations and was successful at driving growth in both audience and revenue for the group.

Badalamente began her Graham Media Group career in 2000 at WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. There she held a variety of roles including Director of New Business Development from 2006 to 2010. She began her television career at WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland as an Account Executive in 1997.

Badalamente serves as the chairperson for the National Association of Broadcasters Digital Officer Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Local Media Association, StormPins and Videolicious.

Badalamente is a graduate of John Carroll University with a BA in Communications.

Catherine Badalamente

SECRETARY | VP, Digital Media, Graham Media Group (312) 917-6240 cbadalamente@grahammedia.com

Gordon Borrell

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN | CEO, Borrell Associates (757) 221-6641 gborrell@borrellassociates.com

CEO
Borrell Associates
1643 Merrimac Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185


Gordon Borrell is a sought-after speaker for conferences and company meetings and is the local media industry’s leading analyst. He is ranked in the top 2% among Gerson Lehrman Group’s 150,000 consultants worldwide and is quoted frequently in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Ad Age, Forbes and other publications. He has appeared on CNN and other TV and radio programs discussing trends and forecasts for local media. Prior to starting Borrell Associates, Gordon was vice president for new media for Landmark Communications, where he worked for 22 years. He started his career as a reporter and editor for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1989 he began pioneering interactive ventures and helped establish the first TV, newspaper, cable and network TV websites. Mr. Borrell conceptualized and helped create InfiNet, an Internet access and hosting company later split up and sold to Earthlink and to Gannett Co. He chaired the Local Media Association from 2015-2017 and was president of the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Federation in 2000. He is married, has five children, and lives in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he has been active on boards and organizations supporting public education and community sports.

Gordon Borrell

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN | CEO, Borrell Associates (757) 221-6641 gborrell@borrellassociates.com

Lisa Bishop

DIRECTOR | Chief Digital Officer, Heartland Media, LLC (888) 252-6221 lisa@heartlandtv.com

Chief Digital Officer
Heartland Media, LLC
4521 Leavenworth St
Omaha, NE 68106


Lisa Bishop joined Heartland Media as Chief Digital Officer in October 2015. Bishop is a digital monetization and product specialist who has led transformational change in the local media industry for the past 17 years.

In her role at Heartland, Bishop oversees all digital operations, strategy, monetization and business development of audience and revenue for the growing station group.  Bishop led the launch of PulseLocal Marketing, Heartland’s digital agency in the spring of 2016 offering solutions such as: responsive web site development, social media management, reputation management, database and email marketing, and search engine marketing.

Prior to her time at Heartland, Bishop conceived and executed the formulation of Gray Digital Media in 2002 under the leadership of then COO Bob Prather. As the VP of Digital Media, she was the catalyst to a culture transformation of Gray’s local television stations and the creation of their local digital properties by transforming a traditional media distribution company to focus on content gathering and syndication across multiple digital platforms.  Bishop was responsible all digital initiatives including web, mobile, online operations, business development and revenue and monetization strategies. She also led the efforts to build out a fully supported digital agency, LocalX Marketing.

In the early 2000’s – Lisa led the first interactive team for Benedek Broadcasting, Benedek Interactive Media (BIM), from 2000-2002, bringing many local TV stations online for the first time.

In addition to broadcast experience, Bishop also served as a sports correspondent for Chicago’s local newspaper The Daily Herald, covering local high school sports. In 1998 she served as Sports Information Director Assistant for Montreat College where she brought the college’s sports coverage online for the first time with the development of their Web site.  She also wrote sports articles for a small local newspaper in North Carolina, the Black Mountain News.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Montreat College in North Carolina. Additionally, she has earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
She lives in the Charlotte area with her husband and their two children.

Lisa Bishop

DIRECTOR | Chief Digital Officer, Heartland Media, LLC (888) 252-6221 lisa@heartlandtv.com

Jim Brady

DIRECTOR | CEO, Spirited Media (215) 821-8477 jim@spiritedmedia.com

CEO
Spirited Media
P.O. Box 577
Great Falls, VA 22066


Jim Brady is the founder and CEO of Spirited Media, a mobile-focused local news startup.

Jim has spent almost 20 years in digital news, working in both digital-only and legacy operations, and has the gray, thinning hairline to prove it. He came to the digital world in April 1995 as sports editor of Digital Ink, the Washington Post’s first new media effort. He was on the core team that launched washingtonpost.com in June 1996 and has been a sucker for all things digital ever since.

Along the way, Jim has served as executive editor of washingtonpost.com, general manager of the now-deceased TBD.com, editor-in-chief of Digital First Media and in various executive roles at America Online.

During Jim’s tenure as executive editor of washingtonpost.com, the site won a national Emmy award for its Hurricane Katrina coverage, a Peabody Award for its “Being a Black Man” series, an Editor & Publisher award for Best Overall Newspaper-Affiliated Web Site, two Digital Edge awards for Best Overall News Site, a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, two Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards, four Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Non-Broadcast Affiliated Web Site, and more than 100 White House News Photographers video awards.

At Digital First Media, Jim was the editor overseeing 75 daily newspapers, 292 non-daily publications and 341 online sites. He also oversaw the conception. launch and — eventually — the demise of Project Thunderdome, a centralized digital innovation hub that produced high-quality news products for DFM properties.

At TBD, Jim built a local news operation dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the Washington, D.C. region that combined the values of traditional journalism and the power of citizen journalism. As general manager of TBD, he was responsible for the business operations and editorial oversight of both TBD.com and TBD TV, a 24-hour local cable news station.

During Jim’s four-plus years at America Online, he served as Group Programming Director, News & Sports; Executive Director, Editorial Operations; and Vice President, Production & Operations. During his time at AOL, Brady was in charge of the service’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2000 presidential election.

Jim is also a Past President of the Online News Association, where he’s been a board member since 2005. He also serves on the boards of the American Society of News Editors and the National Press Foundation, on the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute and on the advisory boards of GlobalPost, Kaiser Health News, The American University School of Communication and the Fiscal Times.

Brady earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from The American University in 1989. Born in Queens, N.Y. and raised in Huntington, N.Y., he lives with his wife, Joan, and two stubborn beagles in Great Falls, Va.

In his spare time, Jim likes to rant on Twitter about the New York Jets, drinks an ungodly amount of Diet Pepsi, listens to Rush and, according to Philadelphia Magazine, wears Dad jeans.

Jim Brady

DIRECTOR | CEO, Spirited Media (215) 821-8477 jim@spiritedmedia.com

Bill Caudill

DIRECTOR | VP of Digital Media Sales, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc (502) 548-4333 bcaudill@nexstar.tv

Vice President of Digital Media Sales
Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc
545 E. John Carpenter Freeway St.
Irving, Texas 75062


Bill is a digital and television advertising professional with a clear and consistent record of accurately identifying and capitalizing on interactive opportunities for media companies. Successful track record of growing multi-platform advertising revenue with direct sales teams and through partnership channels. Experienced with managing hundreds of account executives and sales managers specifically at FOX, Yahoo! and Raycom Media. Accomplished in strategic planning and digital audience growth. Well versed in commission/bonus plans that motivate multi-platform sellers and managers. Have built local and national digital advertising teams which includes sales, programming and creative. Recognized expert in developing digital and television sales training strategies for senior managers and account executives at media outlets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Advertising sales experience includes digital, mobile, television, radio, yellow pages and newspapers.

Bill Caudill

DIRECTOR | VP of Digital Media Sales, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc (502) 548-4333 bcaudill@nexstar.tv

Dan Easton

DIRECTOR | Publisher, Victoria Advocate (361) 575-1451 deaston@vicad.com

Publisher
Victoria Advocate
311 E. Constitution St.
Victoria, Texas 77901


Dan Easton currently serves as Publisher of the Victoria Advocate and President of Advocate Digital Media. He represents the third generation of ownership of the newspaper, and has led much of transition to a multimedia organization. Dan has formerly served as IT Director, Digital Director, VP/Interactive, and Board Member for Victoria Advocate Publishing Company. Prior to his role at the Advocate, Dan was VP of Operations for Inquisite, Inc, an Austin-based software startup of parent Catapult Systems Corp. After a year consulting for Catapult, Dan was instrumental in launching the software company, including releasing the first Internet-enabled version in 1997, launching the Application Service Provider model (now known as Software as a Service or “Cloud” service) in 1998, and rapidly growing the company through penetration of Fortune 500 accounts. Prior to joining Catapult, Dan was a consultant and software developer for the Information Technology division of Wright Killen, a petrochemical consulting company, where he developed and implemented simulation and optimization software for the petrochemical industry.

During Dan’s tenure, the Victoria Advocate has been recognized for their excellence by numerous media organizations. Recent notable recognition includes the 2014 Newspaper of the Year award by the Local Media Association, the 2016 Spirit of Freedom award by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, and First Place at the 2016 Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Dan was also recently awarded the Innovator of the Year award by the Local Media Association.

Dan is a native Texan, born in Houston and graduating high school in Corpus Christi. Dan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is currently an active board member for the Victoria Economic Development Corporation, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and the Local Media Association. He has also served the board of the Victoria Fine Arts Association, and Habitat for Humanity – Victoria and Victoria Business and Education Coalition. Dan has been married to Camille for 19 years and has two children – James (16) and Elaine (13).

Dan Easton

DIRECTOR | Publisher, Victoria Advocate (361) 575-1451 deaston@vicad.com

Chris Edwards

DIRECTOR | President, Fusionfarm (319) 398-8205 chris@fusionfarm.com

President
Fusionfarm
501 2nd Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401


Chris Edwards serves in a dual role as president of The Gazette, a daily newspaper in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and also as president of Fusionfarm, a full service digital advertising agency. The business units are part of holding company that is 100% ESOP and his teams are charged with diversifying revenue streams and developing new business models beyond traditional media approaches. He has worked with both the newspaper and in the broadcast space when the company owned KCRG-TV9, the ABC affiliate for eastern Iowa.

Chris has a background in technology sales and marketing management with companies in the telecom, wireless and data management sectors. His experience has been with a variety of companies, from large publicly traded companies such as Nextel where he was Area General Manager for Texas, to small start-ups such as Dynamic Broadband which provided wireless broadband to rural communities in Iowa.

Chris is a graduate of Drake University with a degree in broadcast journalism and serves on a number of state and national industry boards, as well as local charitable organizations in the Cedar Rapids area.

Chris Edwards

DIRECTOR | President, Fusionfarm (319) 398-8205 chris@fusionfarm.com

Jeremy Gockel

DIRECTOR | Head of Innovation, McClatchy (919) 624-4660 jgockel@mcclatchy.com

Head of Innovation
The McClatchy Company
2100 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95852

Jeremy Gockel

DIRECTOR | Head of Innovation, McClatchy (919) 624-4660 jgockel@mcclatchy.com

Eric Johnston

DIRECTOR | COO, Pioneer News Group (206) 284-4424 ejohnston@pioneernewsgroup.com

Chief Operating Officer
Pioneer News Group
221 First Avenue West
Suite 405
Seattle, WA 98119


With more than 25 years of experience in a variety of publishing disciplines, Eric Johnston brings a unique perspective and passion to the media industry. Having served in markets across the country, his experience includes that of photojournalist, print and digital designer, IT specialist, classified advertising sales manager, audience development manager, digital media business leader and Publisher.

In his current role as Chief Operating Officer for the Pioneer News Group, Eric oversees operations for the privately-held company’s two-dozen daily and weekly titles in the Pacific Northwest. Before joining the Pioneer News Group, Eric served as the Publisher and President of The Modesto Bee and the Merced Sun-Star, McClatchy Company newspapers located in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Through his career, Eric has been at the front edge of a number of industry-changing initiatives, including the development, integration and maturation of online business models, the introduction of digital photography and pagination into the newspaper production environment and ongoing workflow and process improvements including regionalized editing, design and customer service operations.

A graduate of California State University, Fresno, Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and lives in Seattle, WA with his wife Susan. They have two daughters: Brittany, a US Navy veteran and nursing student and Morgan, a recent graduate of California State University, Chico.

Eric also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Local Media Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the Local Media Consortium. He has also served in leadership capacities for a variety of industry and community-service organizations.

Eric Johnston

DIRECTOR | COO, Pioneer News Group (206) 284-4424 ejohnston@pioneernewsgroup.com

Shannon Kinney

DIRECTOR | Founder and Client Success Officer, Dream Local Digital (207) 593-7665 shannon@dreamlocal.com

Shannon Kinney
Founder and Client Success Officer
Dream Local Digital
463 Main St
Rockland, ME 04841


Shannon Kinney is Founder and Client Success Officer at Dream Local Digital. Shannon has over 20 years of experience in the development of successful Internet products, online sales and marketing strategies. She has worked on the teams developing successful Internet brands such as cars.com, careerbuilder.com, Knight Ridder Digital and over 60 online media properties for newspapers all over the U.S. and Canada. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years in media sales and sales management in Maine. She is an experienced speaker, trainer, advisor and consultant, and has worked with small and large companies alike, and has served more than 41,000 small businesses in online marketing workshops. She has been recognized as a Woman to Watch by Maine Biz, and as a Local Digital Innovator by the Local Media Association.

Shannon Kinney

DIRECTOR | Founder and Client Success Officer, Dream Local Digital (207) 593-7665 shannon@dreamlocal.com

Pam Laycock

DIRECTOR | SVP Transformation & Strategy, Torstar Corporation (416) 305-1147 pam.laycock@metroland.com

Senior VP, Transformation & Strategy
Torstar Corporation
One Yonge Street,
Toronto, Canada M5E 1E6

Pam Laycock

DIRECTOR | SVP Transformation & Strategy, Torstar Corporation (416) 305-1147 pam.laycock@metroland.com

Ryan Moore

DIRECTOR | VP of Digital Sales, Sinclair Broadcast Group (410) 568-1500 jrmoore@sbgtv.com

Vice President of Digital Sales
Sinclair Broadcast Group
180 Lake Front Drive
Hunt Valley, MD 21030

Ryan Moore

DIRECTOR | VP of Digital Sales, Sinclair Broadcast Group (410) 568-1500 jrmoore@sbgtv.com

J. Tom Shaw

DIRECTOR | General Manager / Suburban Group, Shaw Media (630) 427-6210 jtshaw@shawmedia.com

General Manager / Suburban Group at Shaw Media
Shaw Media
444 Pine Hill Drive
Dixon, Illinois 61021


Tom Shaw is Vice President of Shaw Media, and General Manager of the company’s suburban operations. Previous to the ten years with Shaw Media, Tom was in radio and television advertising sales. He has a journalism degree from Colorado State University, and an MBA from University of Colorado at Denver.

J. Tom Shaw

DIRECTOR | General Manager / Suburban Group, Shaw Media (630) 427-6210 jtshaw@shawmedia.com

Tom Sly

DIRECTOR | VP, Digital Revenue, E. W. Scripps Co. (513) 977-3748 tom.sly@scripps.com

VP, Digital Revenue
E. W. Scripps Company
312 Walnut Street
2800 Scripps Center
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tom is the Vice President of Digital Revenue at the E.W. Scripps Company and leads digital revenue development and strategy across Scripps, broadcast, and digital operations.  He joined Scripps in 2012 and prior to that led business development, revenue, and operations for a number of large and privately held broadcast companies and several digital startups including Nowlive.com, 10LocalCoupons.com, and Vehix.com.

Tom Sly

DIRECTOR | VP, Digital Revenue, E. W. Scripps Co. (513) 977-3748 tom.sly@scripps.com

Stephanie Slagle

DIRECTOR | Director of Digital, WBNS (614) 460-3700 stephanie.slagle@10tv.com

Director of Digital
WBNS
77 Twin Rivers Drive
Columbus, OH 43215


Stephanie Slagle is the Director of Digital and Digital Strategy at 10TV WBNS and RadiOhio Inc.  Shortly after joining the team, she spearheaded the launching of a digital department by recruiting and developing top performing teams with in-depth digital strategy experiences. In addition to her digital experiences, Stephanie is a dynamic sales, marketing and communication leader.

Stephanie has over 15 years of media experience with companies such as Dispatch Media Group, Lin Media, and Sinclair Broadcasting Group. She has established a well-earned a reputation for her knowledge and passion for cutting edge concepts in the digital space. From embracing these qualities, she has implemented several innovative digital strategies in each position she has held.

Stephanie’s constant execution of digital strategies has been celebrated on multiple platforms for her leadership, delivery and commitment.

Stephanie Slagle

DIRECTOR | Director of Digital, WBNS (614) 460-3700 stephanie.slagle@10tv.com