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Janis Ware

DIRECTOR | Publisher, The Atlanta Voice Newspaper (404) 524-6426 x11 jlware@theatlantavoice.com

Janis Ware

DIRECTOR | Publisher, The Atlanta Voice Newspaper (404) 524-6426 x11 jlware@theatlantavoice.com

Guy Tasaka

DIRECTOR | Founder/Managing Partner, Tasaka Digital (215) 354-3150 guy@tasakadigital.com

Founder/Managing Partner
Tasaka Digital
8400 North Bristol Pike
Levittown, NY 19057

Guy Tasaka

DIRECTOR | Founder/Managing Partner, Tasaka Digital (215) 354-3150 guy@tasakadigital.com

Stephanie Slagle

DIRECTOR | Senior Director, Brand Agency & Sales Strategy, Graham Media Group  (614) 806-7946 sslagle@grahammedia.com

Senior Director, Brand Agency & Sales Strategy
Graham Media Group


Stephanie Slagle is the Senior Director, Brand Agency and Sales Strategy for Graham Media Group.  In her role, Slagle is responsible for multiplatform revenue, driving digital confidence and driving digital talent at Graham Media Group’s local media hubs.

Stephanie has over 20 years of media experience with companies such as Dispatch Broadcast 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.

Slagle has a passion for mentoring talented future leaders. She helped launch and she served as the president for Columbus Women in Digital, where she helped many women begin their digital careers.

Stephanie Slagle

DIRECTOR | Senior Director, Brand Agency & Sales Strategy, Graham Media Group  (614) 806-7946 sslagle@grahammedia.com

Samantha Johnston

DIRECTOR | Publisher, The Aspen Times and Associate GM, CMNM West sjohnston@aspentimes.com

Samantha Johnston
Publisher | The Aspen Times
Associate GM | CMNM West
Swift Communications | Colorado Mountain News Media

Samantha Johnston

DIRECTOR | Publisher, The Aspen Times and Associate GM, CMNM West sjohnston@aspentimes.com

Jason Murray

DIRECTOR | Director of Audience and Visuals, syracuse.com 315-282-8563 jmurray@syracuse.com

Jason Murray
Director of Audience and Visuals
syracuse.com


Jason Murray is currently the Director of Audience and Visuals for Advance Media New York (syracuse.com and The Post-Standard) where he leads the social media, photo and video teams as well as contributing to the site’s digital revenue
 strategy.
Prior to this position, Jason worked in the sports department for The Post-Standard and syracuse.com 16 years as a copy editor, assignment editor and eventually leading the department as Sports Editor.
Jason graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Saint Mary’s College of California and went on to earn a master’s degree in newspaper, magazine and online journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School
 of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2003.

Jason Murray

DIRECTOR | Director of Audience and Visuals, syracuse.com 315-282-8563 jmurray@syracuse.com

Mariah Craddick

DIRECTOR | Product Manager, McClatchy (404) 680-6659 mcraddick@mcclatchy.com

Mariah Craddick
Product Manager | McClatchy


Mariah Craddick is currently a product manager at McClatchy where she drives the strategic roadmap for digital subscriptions in its 30 U.S. markets, including the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, The Charlotte Observer, The (Raleigh) News and Observer, and the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram.

Prior to this position, Mariah held a variety of roles within the industry, from reporting at Ebony magazine to leading audience engagement and development strategy at Crain Communications. She’s an advocate for tearing down silos in news organizations, passionate about finding solutions and meeting audience needs, whether it’s through telling an untold story or providing a delightful user experience through a product.

Mariah graduated in 2013 with a journalism degree from Columbia College of Chicago. She was selected in 2018 to participate in Poynter Institute’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and currently resides in the great city of Chicago.

Mariah Craddick

DIRECTOR | Product Manager, McClatchy (404) 680-6659 mcraddick@mcclatchy.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

Brock Berry

DIRECTOR | Adcellerant, CEO (303) 903-6696 brock@adcellerant.com

Berry is an accomplished senior executive, entrepreneur, consultant, and board member with over 17 years of success in marketing, advertising, and technology. His broad areas of expertise include radio, TV, broadcast, video, digital, online, and mobile advertising; search engine marketing (SEM); social media and email marketing; new business development; sales management; and people development.

Berry has held leadership positions at AdCellerant (Co-Founder/CEO, 5 years); Affinity Express; AdTaxi; Digital First Media; Clarity Media Group; The Denver Post; and Schurz Communications. He has been responsible for co-founding AdCellerant, a leading digital advertising and technology company, leveraging award-winning proprietary ad software platform that delivers digital marketing plans based on campaign industry and objectives, creating operational efficiencies and revenues. In its first 4 years, the company experienced over 4,000 percent growth.

Brock Berry

DIRECTOR | Adcellerant, CEO (303) 903-6696 brock@adcellerant.com

Chris Hendricks

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR | President, Local Media Consortium (916) 207-0047 chris@localmediaconsortium.com

President
Local Media Consortium
(916) 207-0047
chris@nulllocalmediaconsortium.com


Chris joined the Local Media Consortium (LMC) team January of 2018. In his current role, he works with the LMC team to drive value for LMC members through the development of valuable partnerships with market-leading service providers.

He is a well-known and highly-respected media executive having served a 25-year executive stint at McClatchy and has also served on boards of many for-profit and non-profit companies and organizations such as Cars.com, Careerbuilder, News Media Alliance, Local Media Association and Local Media Consortium. Chris currently serves on the board of directors for Moonlighting, Wellness Within and the Maynard Institute. He is also an advisor to Recruitology, The Fresh Toast, Impact Venture Capital and Managing Director for Extol Digital.

Chris Hendricks

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR | President, Local Media Consortium (916) 207-0047 chris@localmediaconsortium.com

Chris Weatherly

SECRETARY | Director of Digital Sales and Products, WRAL (919) 595-5621 cweatherly@wral.com

Director of Digital Sales and Products
WRAL
2619 Western Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27606


Chris is the the Director of Sales and Operations for WRAL Digital Solutions and WRAL.com and is passionate about simplifying the complex world of digital advertising and marketing for local businesses. His main day-to-day responsibility is making sure the talented team at WRAL Digital Solutions continues to evolve and generate great results for our clients. Additionally, Chris oversees the programmatic and local sales strategy for WRAL.com, sits on the Local Media Foundation Board and has spoken at industry conferences on a variety of topics including OTT, DMPs, beacon targeting and WRAL Digital Solutions.

Prior to his current role, Chris held positions in broadcast media sales and sports marketing. Outside the office, Chris is active in his church, serves on the Meals on Wheels of Wake County Young Professionals Board, enjoys Cross Fit and traveling with his wife Kristina.

Chris Weatherly

SECRETARY | Director of Digital Sales and Products, WRAL (919) 595-5621 cweatherly@wral.com

Robert Brown

TREASURER | 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

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

Gordon Borrell

FIRST VICE CHAIR | 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

FIRST VICE CHAIR | CEO, Borrell Associates (757) 221-6641 gborrell@borrellassociates.com

Liz White

CHAIR | EVP & Assistant Publisher Record-Journal (203) 317-2226 lwhite@record-journal.com

EVP & Assistant Publisher
Record-Journal
500 S. Broad Street
Meriden, CT 06450


Liz White is the executive vice president and assistant publisher of the Record-Journal in Meriden, CT and she is the 5th generation of the family business. The Record-Journal is 150 years old but has evolved into a cutting edge business, and the company was recognized nationally in March 2016 by Editor & Publisher Magazine as one of 10 Newspapers That Do It Right.

Liz is excited for the opportunities for growth and innovation in the future as the company evolves in a quickly changing environment. She has an MBA from Yale, a BS from Boston College and was recognized nationally in April by Editor & Publisher Magazine as one of The 25 Under 35 in the industry and in July by the Hartford Business Journal as one of The 40 Under 40. She is also currently serving her third year as president of the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA board of directors.

Liz White

CHAIR | EVP & Assistant Publisher Record-Journal (203) 317-2226 lwhite@record-journal.com

Jake Volcsko

DIRECTOR | VP of Data and Digital Operations, Connecticut Public (860) 275-7251 JVolcsko@ctpublic.org

Jake Volcsko is the Vice President of Data and Digital Operations for Connecticut Public, a duel licensee PBS and NPR affiliate. Prior to his current role, Jake was General Manager of GateHouse Media’s Philadelphia cluster of newspapers. He began his media career in 2001 and has held roles in the areas of digital operations, advertising, news, production, and circulation.

During his career, in addition to websites, mobile apps and other digital products, Jake has successfully launched several paid online membership initiatives, and a digital services agency. He was part of the team that launched the first OTT applications on Roku TV created by a local newspaper organization. In November 2014, when Amazon FireTV launched, the team was the first local media organization to launch an app on the platform, including a digital linear streaming channel.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts/Applied Media Arts from Edinboro University of PA, as well as an MBA from the University of Phoenix. In his spare time Jake enjoys spending time with his wife, Angela, and sons, Elijah and Charlie, officiating high school football, playing video games, and fretting over the state of Pittsburgh sports (even when they win).

Jake Volcsko

DIRECTOR | VP of Data and Digital Operations, Connecticut Public (860) 275-7251 JVolcsko@ctpublic.org

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

Chris Lee

DIRECTOR | Global President, Deseret Digital Media (801) 333-7400 clee@deseretdigital.com

Global President
Deseret Digital Media
55 North 300 West Ste. 500
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Chris Lee

DIRECTOR | Global President, Deseret Digital Media (801) 333-7400 clee@deseretdigital.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

Terry Kukle

DIRECTOR | VP, Business Development and Acquisitions, Metroland Media Group Ltd./Torstar (905) 279-0440 ext 250 tkukle@metroland.com

VP, Business Development and Acquisitions
Metroland Media Group Ltd./Torstar
3125 Wolfedale Road
Mississauga, ON L5C 1W1, CANADA

Terry Kukle

DIRECTOR | VP, Business Development and Acquisitions, Metroland Media Group Ltd./Torstar (905) 279-0440 ext 250 tkukle@metroland.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

Sonny Messiah Jiles

DIRECTOR | CEO, Defender Media Group (713) 663-6996 ceo@defendernetwork.com

Sonny Messiah Jiles
CEO
Defender Media Group

Sonny Messiah Jiles

DIRECTOR | CEO, Defender Media Group (713) 663-6996 ceo@defendernetwork.com

Rich Hoover

DIRECTOR | Sr. Director of Digital Strategy & Operations Sales & Marketing, GateHouse Media, Inc. rhoover@gatehousemedia.com
Rich Hoover
Sr. Director of Digital Strategy & Operations
Sales & Marketing | Gannett
Rich Hoover is Vice President of Data Products at Gannett.  Prior to his current role at Gannett, Rich managed the digital advertising revenue and operations strategy for GateHouse Media.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and an Executive MBA from Binghamton University.

Rich Hoover

DIRECTOR | Sr. Director of Digital Strategy & Operations Sales & Marketing, GateHouse Media, Inc. rhoover@gatehousemedia.com

Todd Handy

DIRECTOR | Chief Digital Officer, Beasley Media Group (801) 540-4052 todd.handy@bbgi.com

Chief Digital Officer
Beasley Media Group


As Chief Digital Officer, Todd Handy is responsible for leading the Beasley Media Group’s digital efforts and has been at the forefront of the digital media space for more than a decade, having spent 6 years in local media responsible for sales, advertising strategy & products, ad operations & analytics, programmatic sales and native advertising. He has also led publisher development, implementation and customer success for an AdTech video startup, as well as worked with blue-chip digital pureplays in display, audio, video, mobile, performance marketing & retargeting and affiliate sales.

A Utah native, Handy most recently held executive positions with several innovative companies, including serving as Vice President of Digital Media & Ad Tech at MarketStar, VP of Publisher Development at Tout and VP of Advertising Strategy & Products at Deseret Digital Media. In addition, he has served on various sales and digital marketing advisory boards as well as the Executive Committee of the Local Media Consortium and the Local Media Association’s Chief Digital Club. In addition, he is currently a member of the Dream Local Digital Board of Directors.

Todd Handy

DIRECTOR | Chief Digital Officer, Beasley Media Group (801) 540-4052 todd.handy@bbgi.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

Toby Collodora

DIRECTOR | Senior Manager, Engagement and Retention, Star Tribune Media Company (612) 673-7175 ext 879 Toby.Collodora@startribune.com

Toby Collodora
Senior Manager, Engagement and Retention | Star Tribune Media Company

Toby Collodora

DIRECTOR | Senior Manager, Engagement and Retention, Star Tribune Media Company (612) 673-7175 ext 879 Toby.Collodora@startribune.com

Mick Cohen

DIRECTOR | SVP Consumer Sales, Hearst Newspapers (415) 777-7460 mcohen@sfchronicle.com

Mick Cohen

DIRECTOR | SVP Consumer Sales, Hearst Newspapers (415) 777-7460 mcohen@sfchronicle.com

P.J. Browning

DIRECTOR | President and Publisher, The Post and Courier pbrowning@postandcourier.com

P.J. Browning
President and Publisher
The Post and Courier


Pamela (P.J.) Browning became Senior Vice President with Evening Post Industries and President of Evening Post Industries Newspaper Division in July of 2013. She is also President and Publisher of The Post and Courier in Charleston.

Prior to Charleston she was President and Publisher of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, and President and Publisher at The Telegraph in Macon, GA, both owned by The McClatchy Company. During her time with The Sun News, Browning guided the newspaper in a highly competitive market in which tourism plays a pivotal role. She also did extensive work bringing the newspaper into the digital era. Under her leadership, Macon became one of the top newspapers in terms of re-engineering operations and innovative use of the internet. Before arriving in Macon, P.J. served as President and Publisher of the Centre Daily Times in State College, PA, a Knight-Ridder owned newspaper. Her first role as Publisher was at the Sentinel in Carlisle, PA.

While attending college, P.J. began her career at the News-Leader in Springfield, MO in 1984. Journalism bound with sites on attending law school, ink soon got in her blood and plans changed. P.J. worked in advertising at the News-Leader through graduation and was later promoted to a variety of positions through her 12 years at the paper before being promoted to the Advertising Director in Fort Collins, CO. Her newspaper advertising career later took her to Grand Rapids, MI and Asheville, N.C.

She is a graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor of science in marketing.

P.J. is married to Kerry Browning and they have three grown children, Casey, Kylie and Cody. They are also proud grandparents of four. P.J. is a resident of Mt. Pleasant.

Browning currently serves on the Trident Technical College Board of Trustees. Browning also served as President of 2018-2019 Southern Newspaper Publishers Association; and Vice President of 2018-2019 S.C. Press Association.

P.J. Browning

DIRECTOR | President and Publisher, The Post and Courier pbrowning@postandcourier.com

Jodelle Bailey

DIRECTOR | West Coast Regional Digital Sales Manager, Sinclair Digital Group JLBailey@sbgtv.com

West Coast Regional Digital Sales Manager
Sinclair Digital Group

Jodelle Bailey

DIRECTOR | West Coast Regional Digital Sales Manager, Sinclair Digital Group JLBailey@sbgtv.com

Amber Aldrich

DIRECTOR | Senior Advertising Director, Seattle Times aaldrich@seattletimes.com

Senior Advertising Director
Seattle Times

Amber Aldrich

DIRECTOR | Senior Advertising Director, Seattle Times aaldrich@seattletimes.com

Jim Brady

SECRETARY | 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

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

Lisa Bishop

TREASURER | 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

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

Catherine Badalamente

SECOND VICE CHAIR | SVP/Chief Innovation Officer, 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 SVP/Chief Innovation Officer for Graham Media Group. 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

SECOND VICE CHAIR | SVP/Chief Innovation Officer, Graham Media Group (312) 917-6240 cbadalamente@grahammedia.com

Tom Sly

FIRST VICE CHAIR | 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 Co. 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

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

Robert Brown

CHAIR | 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

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

Brooke Warner

LMA Consultant - COVID-19 Local News Fund brooke.warner@localmedia.org

LMA Consultant

Having passionately dedicated her 25+ year career to helping local and niche media thrive, Brooke is an award-winning Internet pioneer and media transformation thought leader always on the lookout for trends and market opportunities to build revenue models, and create significant audience wins. She’s worked in markets of all sizes, rolled up her sleeves with individual SMBs, been instrumental to the success of a handful of early stage start-ups, and has had the distinct pleasure of working strategically with some major brands such as Red Bull, Adidas, and Shark Week for Discovery. She has ecommerce experience with Amazon sales optimization and advertising, and has been a prolific content producer of every type including news, online media, television programming, OTT, and feature films. Brooke firmly believes that local media health and community health go hand in hand.

Brooke Warner

LMA Consultant - COVID-19 Local News Fund brooke.warner@localmedia.org

Peter Lamb

LMA Consultant - The Branded Content Project and The Fund for Black Journalism lambps@aol.com

LMA Consultant | LAMB Consulting

With over three decades of marketing experience, Peter Lamb has worked with some of the world’s largest media companies and helped orchestrate some of their most impressive successes. As a strategy consultant Peter transforms media companies to make them more efficient, more competitive, and more profitable. For Peter’s clients, this entails an unprecedented focus on NEW-NEW revenue, an approach that targets customers that have never used the client’s products or services.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Peter Lamb went on to become an internationally-known tennis star, competing at both Wimbledon and the US Open between 1975 and 1982. He earned an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. Peter then set about doing marketing work for big names like IBM and Harte Hanks Communications until 1991, when he founded Lamb Consulting and began harnessing his unique and proven approach to marketing and business to guide publications all over the world.
Since the inception of Lamb Consulting, Peter has worked with an extensive list of clients that span the globe. He has consulted with El Clasificado, the largest weekly Spanish-language publication in the US, the Wall Street Journal, Google and Facebook. He has also advised the Black Press Media Group in Canada, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Star-Metroland Media. From Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Hungary, Great Britain, and Singapore to Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York— Peter has helped transform publications and empower them to become more effective and profitable.  His speaking engagements, seminars and webinars have been endorsed by many national/international media events, including the WAN-IFRA World Newspaper Congress, International Classified Marketing Association, Local Media Association, and more.
When Peter isn’t busy transforming businesses, he spends his time with his family and enjoying the outdoors. He’s an avid reader and finds his inspiration from the stories of athletes, entertainers, and world figures that have overcome difficult circumstances to achieve something great.

Peter Lamb

LMA Consultant - The Branded Content Project and The Fund for Black Journalism lambps@aol.com

Terese Kartholl

LMA Consultant - NewsFuel (773) 551-2117 terese@tmkconsultingservices.com
Terese has over 12 years working in fundraising at top-tier higher education institutions. Her work has focused on engaging alumni and donors through events, committees, and personal cultivation. She has worked on two fundraising campaigns, $500 million dollars and $200 million dollars respectively. In her consulting work she helps nonprofit organizations build relationships, raise money and communicate with prospects and donors.

Terese Kartholl

LMA Consultant - NewsFuel (773) 551-2117 terese@tmkconsultingservices.com

Jim Brady

LMA Consultant - Oklahoma Media Project and Chicago Collaborative 215-821-8477 jim@spiritedmedia.com

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

LMA Consultant - Oklahoma Media Project and Chicago Collaborative 215-821-8477 jim@spiritedmedia.com

Camryn Allen

LMA Intern – Philanthropic Journalism Initiatives Camryn.allen@localmedia.org
Camryn is a rising senior at Villanova University studying Communications, Global Studies, and Peace & Justice Studies. With developed interests in human rights, communications, and policy-making, she collaborates with others to improve representation, access, and opportunities with underserved communities. Fundraising, organizing events, social media, and community outreach all fall within Camryn’s background and she is excited to be gaining insight into the impacts of LMA and local media on communities and causes she is passionate about.

Camryn Allen

LMA Intern – Philanthropic Journalism Initiatives Camryn.allen@localmedia.org

Nick Charles

CONSULTANT / COLLABORATIVE PROJECT MANAGER, Fund for Black Journalism

Nick Charles is a writer, editor, and communications executive who has worked for local and national media including NBC News, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, People magazine, and AOL Black Voices. Charles has extensive expertise in communications across multiple industries and says he aims to use his skill set to preserve the Fourth Estate.

Nick Charles

CONSULTANT / COLLABORATIVE PROJECT MANAGER, Fund for Black Journalism

Emilie Lutostanski

DIRECTOR OF THE LOCAL NEWS RESOURCE CENTER (218) 303-9421 emilie@localmedia.org

Emilie Lutostanski is the director of LMA’s Local News Resource Center, a partnership with Facebook, Instagram and CrowdTangle. She collaborates with local media organizations to refine social media strategies, discover and share industry successes, and support the adoption of new social tools.

Emilie has helped nonprofits, businesses and newsrooms strategize captivating content and heighten audience engagement through social media for more than ten years. Previously she led digital product development, enhancement, and monetization strategies, online content innovation, and extensive training as Community Impact Newspaper Company’s first digital product manager. She oversaw a complete website redesign and content shift that led to record-breaking traffic, engagement and sales.

In 2017, she accepted four awards from LMA’s 2017 Digital Innovation Competition, including best social media strategy and best local news strategy. Last year she was named to Editor and Publisher Magazine’s 25 under 35 professionals in the industry.

Emilie is a graduate of Texas State University – San Marcos with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. She has experience working in radio and newspaper newsrooms including as a reporter, editor, community manager, managing editor, and producer. She volunteers as a board member and marketing director for the nonprofit Austin Humanists at Work.

Emilie Lutostanski

DIRECTOR OF THE LOCAL NEWS RESOURCE CENTER (218) 303-9421 emilie@localmedia.org

Tonya Ratajczak

DATA ENTRY SPECIALIST (231) 839-8651 tonya.ratajczak@localmedia.org

Tonya is the Data Entry Specialist for Local Media Association. In addition to the upkeep and maintenance of the LMA database for membership and events, she also assists in day-to-day LMA accounting duties.

Her professional background includes database management, e-marketing and communications, record-keeping and photography.

A graduate of the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!), she is an active mother of four. Blessed to be living in the beauty that is northern Michigan, she enjoys boating with her family and friends, singing for the church, dabbling in piano and guitar, and relaxing with a good book.

Tonya Ratajczak

DATA ENTRY SPECIALIST (231) 839-8651 tonya.ratajczak@localmedia.org

Julia Campbell

BRANDED CONTENT MANAGER (404) 808-8262 julia.campbell@localmedia.org

Julia is a branded content strategist and innovative project manager who is leading a combined initiative focused on branded content for the Local Media Association, Local Media Consortium, and the Facebook Journalism Project. A former Gray Television executive with extensive branded content experience, Campbell is leading a group of 29 broadcasters, print, and digital publishers who are testing out promising business models. The ultimate goal is to report back to the industry and provide playbooks that publishers can use to succeed and grow revenue in their local markets.

Campbell spent nearly a decade at Gray Television, previously as vice president of media systems, where she created MomsEveryday, an award-winning television, digital, social and OTT branded content initiative focused on helping local businesses connect with families across the country while creating profitability for the TV stations. In addition to extensive branding experience, Campbell is familiar with the challenges and opportunities of local news, having served in director and editor positions at a number of local and national TV stations, including CNN. Her media career has crossed through some of the smallest of markets, like Casper, Wyoming, to some of the largest such as Atlanta. Campbell earned her bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Julia Campbell

BRANDED CONTENT MANAGER (404) 808-8262 julia.campbell@localmedia.org

Janice Norman

DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE (231) 839-8651 janice.norman@localmedia.org

Janice has been LMA’s Director of Accounting and Finance since September 2001. Her previous accounting positions included, Accounting Supervisor, Senior Accountant, and Budget Analyst. She has experience in banking, legal, travel, property management, and transportation industries.

Janice received a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with an Accounting and Finance Specialty from Lawrence Technological University.

She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her new grandson, the outdoors, gardening and the lakes of Northern Michigan.  Janice has also volunteered her accounting services to various organizations through the years.

Janice Norman

DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE (231) 839-8651 janice.norman@localmedia.org

Jay Small

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER jay.small@localmedia.org

Jay Small is Chief Operating Officer of Local Media Association. He helps guide and oversee key LMA programs serving the local media industry, including conferences, Innovation Missions and other events; Chief Digital Clubs and Chief Content Clubs; R&D initiatives; and enabling technology and content platforms.

He previously served as President of Cordillera Digital, a division of Cordillera Communications that drove digital strategy, sales, marketing, and operations for TV stations nationwide. A transformative executive with a background in business leadership and creative arts, Small held senior posts at The E.W. Scripps Co., Belo Corp., and Thomson Consumer Electronics. He has also driven digital growth as a strategic consultant, with clients including major media groups, trade associations, a global pharmaceuticals company, financial institutions and small businesses.

Small earned an MBA from Kennesaw State University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Southern Illinois University. A guitar enthusiast, he enjoys performing in rock/blues bands.

Jay Small

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER jay.small@localmedia.org

Lindsey Leisher Estes

DIRECTOR OF MEETINGS & MEMBER SERVICES (410) 838-3018 lindsey.estes@localmedia.org

Lindsey Estes has a strong background in marketing and social media and spent five years working for the Newspaper Association of America. While at NAA, she specialized in helping smaller-market publishers and organizing the annual mediaXchange conference. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia Tech.

Lindsey Leisher Estes

DIRECTOR OF MEETINGS & MEMBER SERVICES (410) 838-3018 lindsey.estes@localmedia.org

Lane is the dynamic leader of Local Media Association, a thriving and innovative organization that works with over 2,800 local media brands (newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, digital news sites & more), as well as several hundred R&D partners in the industry. LMA’s mission is to help local media companies discover, vet and test business models that will support news.

She is the 2019 recipient of the Borrell Award of Merit, presented each year to an executive who has done the most to foster innovation in the local media industry.

LMA assists media companies with digital and cultural transformation via cutting-edge programs, conferences, webinars, research, experiential opportunities & training. Lane is  the author of numerous industry reports over the past few years on a wide variety of subjects. She blogs about disruptive innovation on a regular basis and is a sought-after speaker at media events in North America and Europe.

Lane’s top focus areas for 2020 are: the launch of three news collaboratives, that also focus on business transformation; three funds that have collectively raised $1.9MM to date – the fund for local journalism, the fund for Black journalism and the COVID-19 local news relief fund; the launch of the Center for Journalism Funding including a lab with 15 publishers and The Branded Content Project with 24 beta partners.

She has developed LMA into one of the most progressive and forward-thinking media associations in the world.

Lane spent 13 years in the newspaper industry as publisher, ad director and senior level executive in Pa., Conn. and Mo. before taking over LMA in 2000.

She is also the Immediate Past President of the Villanova University Alumni Association.

Nancy Lane

CEO (843) 504-1019 nancy.lane@localmedia.org