Journalism Leader Anders Gyllenhaal Named Chair of Poynter Institute's National Advisory Board

Gyllenhaal, McClatchy's vice president for news, fills position left by ESPN's Rob King, who joins the Board of Trustees

Jan 15, 2016, 10:57 ET from The Poynter Institute

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Anders Gyllenhaal, vice president for news and Washington editor at The McClatchy  Company, has been appointed chair of the National Advisory Board for The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism. 

Gyllenhaal has developed a reputation as a forward-thinking media leader throughout his career, as top editor in newsrooms at the Miami Herald, Minneapolis Star Tribune and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., before moving to Washington to guide McClatchy's reimagination of the publishing process.

"It's an honor to play this role at The Poynter Institute, which for decades has helped shape and lead journalism across this country. Today, Poynter is in the midst of the same dramatic transition our profession is facing. That evolution is well under way, but there's still much to do. I look forward to being part of this important work," Gyllenhaal said.

Gyllenhaal will serve a two-year term as chair on the board, which helps advise Poynter's strategic direction across all areas, including digital innovation, thought leadership and academic expansion efforts. He follows Rob King, ESPN's senior vice president for SportsCenter and News, in the position. King recently was named a member of The Poynter Institute's Board of Trustees and will start his new role on Jan. 15.

"Serving as chair of Poynter's National Advisory Board was an incredible honor, and I'm so grateful for the experience. I'm even more grateful that Anders Gyllenhaal has agreed to lead the NAB going forward. My only hope is that the NAB members will allow a respectful amount of time to pass before telling the world how much better Anders is at chairing the board than I ever was," King said.

Poynter's 15-member National Advisory Board brings a breadth of expertise to Poynter and includes media executives, digital journalists, academic leaders and award-winning reporters. In addition to Gyllenhaal, the board includes:

  • Karen Andreas, regional publisher of North of Boston Media Group and 2014 national Publisher of the Year
  • Melissa Bell, co-founder of and vice president of growth and analytics of Vox Media
  • Lori Bergen, founding dean of the College of Media Communication and Information, University of Colorado, and president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Jim Brady, public editor at ESPN and CEO of Spirited Media, Inc.
  • Christopher Callahan, dean and university vice provost, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
  • Monica Davey, Chicago bureau chief, The New York Times
  • Lou Ferrara, chief content officer,
  • Hugh Forrest, director, South By Southwest Interactive (SXSW)
  • Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, managing editor of digital at The Washington Post
  • Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, COO, digital media strategist, Life Posts, Inc.
  • Byron Pitts, co-anchor of ABC News' "Nightline" and chief national correspondent, ABC News
  • Callie Schweitzer, editorial director of audience strategy for Time Inc.
  • Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, associate editor, The New York Times
  • Alexandra Zayas, award-winning investigative reporter and Pulitzer finalist for the Tampa Bay Times

Cycling off the board are Emily Bell, professor of professional practice and director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and Gilad Lotan, chief data scientist, Betaworks.

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