The Institute has established relationships with several important individuals in the world of communication. Here is a list of advisors to the Institute.
Andrew Heyward is the former President of CBS News.
He is a nationally known news executive, award-winning producer and expert on the changing media landscape. He helps media companies develop innovative online ventures and profitable digital strategies; create new content and services; and transform their businesses to drive growth and revenue in an age of rapid and dynamic evolution.
In his advisory practice and as a partner in the boutique strategy firm MarketspaceNext, Andrew works with blue-chip television, newspaper, magazine, and marketing clients as well as non-profit organizations. He is also an advisor to early-stage and startup firms.
Andrew was President, CBS News, from January 1996-November 2005. During that time, CBS News programming grew significantly in audience, regularly scheduled hours and profitability. Andrew also spearheaded CBS News’ expansion into digital media.
Before his tenure as President, Andrew was executive producer of The CBS Evening News (October 1994-January 1996). Andrew was also responsible for developing and launching 48 HOURS, the weekly primetime CBS News series. He has won 12 national Emmy Awards.
Andrew was the original advisor to the Institute for Media, Culture and Ethics at Bellarmine University and a fellow in the first fellow in the Institute.
John F. Lansing
John Lansing is chief Executive Officer of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the independent federal government agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media.
John formerly was President of Scripps Networks, where he is credited with guiding the company to become a leading developer of unique content across various media platforms including television, digital, mobile and publishing.
As President of Scripps Networks, John was responsible for strategic and operational oversight of the $2.5 billion division of Scripps Networks Interactive, including the company’s portfolio of six cable networks – Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY, Cooking Channel and Great American Country – and the $100 million Scripps Networks Digital division.
Prior to joining Scripps Networks in 2004, John was Senior Vice President for Television in the broadcasting division of the E.W. Scripps Company, managing the company’s portfolio of 10 network affiliated television stations. Earlier, he held various senior management positions at Scripps-owned affiliates, including WEWS TV in Cleveland, Ohio and WXYZ TV in Detroit, Michigan.
John also was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), a marketing association comprised of 90 of the top U.S. and Canadian cable companies and television programmers. There, John oversaw the development of business strategies and marketing initiatives that position cable television companies for continued growth as they compete with emerging digital content platforms.
John has a deep understanding of journalism from roles as an award-winning Photojournalist and Field Producer, Assignment Manager, Managing Editor, and News Director at several television stations earlier in his career.
John is currently Vice Chair of the Bellarmine University Board of Trustees and was named to the Bellarmine Gallery of Distinguished Graduates in 2010. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Bellarmine University’s Institute for Media, Culture & Ethics; National Council for Media and Public Affairs of George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs. He also was a fellow in the Institute at Bellarmine.
Vikki Porter is director of the Knight Digital Media Center and supervises Professional Development Programs for New Media journalists at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism in Los Angeles.
Vikki was the founding director of the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. During her 30-year journalism career, Vikki worked in five Western states, started a newspaper, served as top editor for three community newspapers, and shared a 1986 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal as part of a five-person team while city editor of The Denver Post.
She was executive editor of The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs, CA. Vikki was a Knight Professional-in-Residence at the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas in 1987-88 and a Knight Journalism Fellow in Studies of Law at Yale Law School in 1988-89, where she earned her Masters in Studies of Law.
Vikki is active in the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Associated Press Managing Editors, and has been invited to participate in conferences hosted by the Pew Foundation for Public Journalism, the Freedom Forum, Harwood and Associates and the American Press Institute.
Gene Policinski is chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and of the Institute’s First Amendment Center.
A veteran multimedia journalist, he also writes, lectures and is interviewed regularly on First Amendment issues.
Gene, a founding editor of USA Today, oversees all programs of the Newseum Institute and also is a longtime proponent of diversity in journalism as an essential characteristic of a free press. He speaks and writes regularly on news gathering and reporting, newsroom diversity and on journalism ethics. Gene co-writes the weekly, nationally distributed column, “Inside the First Amendment.”
He is host of the online news program “Journalism/Works,” produced by the Newseum and was host of several radio programs airing since the mid-1990s, including news and sports talk programs on “USA TodaySky Radio” and “Newseum Radio,” which aired on NPR worldwide from 1998 to 2002. He is a contributor to the recent American Bar Association book, “Whistleblowers, Leaks and the First Amendment,” providing a section on First Amendment issues and a free press.
Gene was the Washington editor of USA Today when it launched in 1982, and held several news executive positions at the newspaper, including managing editor of sports, beginning in 1989. In 1996, Gene began working at the Freedom Forum, the foundation that is the principal funder of the Newseum and Newseum Institute.
Gene has worked in print, TV, radio and online. In addition to his work in radio, he was executive producer of the public television program “Speaking Freely,” which aired from 2001 to 2004 — a program later recognized with a special “Emmy Award” by the Mid-South chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Holding a Certified Journalism Educator designation from the Journalism Education Association, Gene is an adjunct faculty member at Winthrop University in South Carolina and has been a fellow in the Institute for Media, Culture, and Ethics at Bellarmine University.
He has served as a national trustee for the National Academy of Television and Arts and Sciences (NATAS); a trustee of the United States Sports Academy; a trustee of the Newspaper Association of America Foundation; and a member of the board of trustees of the Association of Opinion Journalists Foundation. He was co-chair of the 2012 national convention of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Gene served briefly as president of the Freedom Forum’s Diversity Institute, now a part of the programs of the Newseum Institute.
A graduate of Ball State University, he attended classes at the Nashville School of Law. He was awarded membership in 2012 to Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, through its chapter at the University of North Georgia.
John du Pre Gauntt
John du Pre Gauntt is the founder of Media Dojo, a blog focusing on the intersection of cloud computing and digital media/marketing.
For a year John served as a fellow in the Institute for Media, Culture and Ethics at Bellarmine University. He taught a special class for executives in the Greater Louisville area on the topic digital media.
Previously, he was senior mobile analyst for eMarketer, where he covered mobile media and mobile marketing.
He founded several research and communications firms focused on mobile technology, and worked on marketing research projects for LME Ericsson, NTT DoCoMo, Google and PricewaterhouseCoopers. John was also a business editor for The Economist Group in London and a corporate trainer for Matsushita Electric Corporation in Osaka, Japan.
He holds a MS in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and a BA degree in English and American literature from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Perry Bacon, Jr. is a veteran political journalist and commentator. He is currently a senior political reporter for NBC.
Previously, Perry has covered presidential campaigns, the White House and Congress for the Washington Post and Time Magazine. While at the Post, Perry covered the Obama White House and the rise of the Tea Party.
He has written numerous front page stories on politics and policy. He is currently author of the column “In Session” on Congress. He also is a contributor to The Root, an online magazine that focuses on African-American issues. His work has also appeared in TIME Magazine, National Journal, and the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Perry regularly speaks about politics on national television, including appearances on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and CNN’s “Larry King Live,” as well as universities, including George Washington and Yale.
A native of Louisville, Perry first worked in Washington on the Metro staff of the Washington Post, before joining Time Magazine’s Washington bureau. There, he covered the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections. He followed the rise and fall of Howard Dean, then the failed run of John Kerry. He extensively wrote about the 2006 midterm elections, including a widely-read profile of then House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Perry moved to the Post in early 2007, where he was one of the lead writers on the campaign trail, following a number of candidates throughout the race and writing influential pieces about then-Senator Obama, as well as on the importance of race and religion in the 2008 primaries. He interviewed nearly all of the major candidates in the 2008 race.
Perry graduated with a degree in political science from Yale University.
Perry has served as an advisory to the Institute and a fellow, also.