The Impact of Changing Ownership on Journalism

Monday, August 14, 2017

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Terrance Egger, president and CEO, Philadelphia Media Network

Terry Egger is the Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of Philadelphia Media Network, the parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and PMN is owned by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the first-of-its-kind organization whose sole mission is to develop and support sustainable business models for great local journalism. Egger spent more than three decades in the news business as a publisher, advertising executive and marketing director, and most recently served as principal of CZ Advisors, a Cleveland-based consulting firm. Egger spent eight years leading the parent company of The Plain-Dealer in Cleveland, and before that served for 10 years in a similar capacity at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was also a newspaper executive in Tucson, Arizona. Earlier in his career, Egger was Vice President of Advertising for Tucson Newspapers in Tucson, Arizona. He also worked as Marketing Services Manager and later Advertising Director for Copley Los Angeles Newspapers. He began his newspaper career at a small bi-weekly newspaper in Southern California. 

Lauren Rich Fine, managing director, Gries Financial

The top-ranked Wall Street analyst for the newspaper industry for more than a decade, Lauren Rich Fine joined GFL in 2016 to help drive business development and strategy and work directly with clients on their investment portfolios. Fine was previously a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch in equity research for nearly two decades, where she was named to the Institutional Investor All-American Research team, holding the number one position in her coverage universe for 11 years. Most recently, she was an Executive Search Consultant at Howard & O’Brien, focused on C-Suite and board searches.  She has a B.A. from Tufts University, an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Management at New York University. Fine sits on the board of the Chautauqua Foundation, Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland Museum of Art, College Now, ideastream, and MOCA Cleveland, serving as Chair of the Investment Committee for three of them.

Susan Goldberg, editor-in-chief, National Geographic Magazine; editorial director, National Geographic Partners

Susan Goldberg is editorial director of National Geographic Partners and editor-in-chief of National Geographic Magazine. Under her leadership in 2017, National Geographic was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for its issue about gender. In 2016, National Geographic  won a National Magazine Award for best website; in 2015, it won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. Before her employment at National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington. From 2007 to 2010, she was editor of The Plain Dealer; from 2003-2007, she was the executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News, and served as the paper’s managing editor from 1999-2003. From 1989 to 1999, Goldberg worked at USA Today. Previously, she worked as a reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press. She began her career as a reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Richard Tofel, president, ProPublica

Richard Tofel is the founding general manager of ProPublica from 2007-2012, and became president on January 1, 2013. He has responsibility for all of ProPublica's non-journalism operations, including communications, legal, development, finance and budgeting, and human resources. He was formerly the assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal and, earlier, an assistant managing editor of the paper, vice president, corporate communications for Dow Jones & Company, and an assistant general counsel of Dow Jones. More recently, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation, and earlier as president and chief operating officer of the International Freedom Center, a museum and cultural center that was planned for the World Trade Center site. He is the author of numerous books, including Why American Newspapers Gave Away the Future.