Media




Can you imagine a world without newspapers, magazines, televisions, and constantly updated information from around the globe? (Well, don’t. These are our jobs, and we enjoy them very much!) The media industry has changed dramatically in the last decade, and the local POWER PLAYERS have been changing right along with the technology and desires of the consumers. From niche publications to daily news to vibrant magazines, our local media make sure we’re informed and entertained. What’s next for the industry? We’ll find out, and this group of publishers, broadcasters, and guardians of the news will keep you informed, literally.

ERIC BARNES
Publisher, The Daily News Publishing Co. Attended Connecticut College and Columbia University. Has been publisher since 2003. Produces The Daily News, The Memphis News, real estate information service Chandler Reports, and a weekly newspaper in Nashville, The Nashville Ledger. Hosts and co-produces weekly news talk show Behind the Headlines on WKNO. Worked in publishing in New York and Connecticut before moving to Memphis. Previously worked at Towery Publishing. Author of the novel Shimmer.

STUART A. CHAMBLIN III
Publisher, Memphis Business Journal. B.A. and M.B.A., University of Texas at Austin. Has been with the company for 14 years. Memphis Business Journal offers business news and information delivered in a timely fashion through a variety of platforms — print, online, and events. Chairman, Metro Board of Directors, The Y — YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South. Board Member, Memphis Downtown Rotary Club. Married to wife, Nancy, with two children.

GEORGE FLINN
Owner, Flinn Broadcasting. B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Mississippi; M.D., Radiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Served as Commander, United States Public Health Service. Appointed by president to National Institutes of Health. Has 40 radio and television stations throughout country. Owns seven radiology offices in West Tennessee and North Mississippi. Former Member, Shelby County Board of Commissioners.

LESTER GINGOLD
Publisher, The Best Times. B.A., Birmingham Southern College. Served as Advertising Executive and Advertising Director for The Commercial Appeal for 15 years. Former President, Memphis Cotton Carnival Association, Memphis Sales and Marketing Executives, Advertising Club of Memphis, and Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South. Former Chairman, Les Passes Rehabilitation Center and Memphis College of Art. Delegate to White House Conference on Aging.

JOHN KOSKI
Vice Presiden and General Manager, Fox 13 WHBQ-TV. B.A., Communication, University of Memphis. Sidelines color commentator and scoreboard host for University of Memphis football and basketball. Station won Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting in 2010 and swept the regional Emmys in evening and daytime news in 2008. Board Member, Mid-South Food Bank, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, and University of Memphis Alumni Association.

MICHAEL J. LABONIA
President and CEO, WKNO-TV/FM. B.A., Broadcasting, Drake University. Has been with WKNO for 20 years. Awarded Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Community Service Award in 1995. Serves as Chairman of Tennessee Public Television Council and as Board Member for National Educational Telecommunications Association. Also affiliated with PBS Programming Committees, Leadership Memphis, Goals 2000, Memphis City Schools, and Literacy Mid-South.

LEE MEREDITH
Vice President and General Manager, WMC-TV 5. B.A., Journalism and Political Science, Trinity University. Member, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-South Region Silver Circle. Special citation, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Awards. Graduate, American Association of Advertising Agencies’ Institute of Advanced Advertising Studies. Board Member, Tennessee Association of Broadcasters. Chairman, Marketing & Communications, United Way of the Mid-South.

KENNETH NEILL
Publisher/CEO, Contemporary Media, Inc. B.A., Yale University; Master’s in Education, Trinity College. Heads parent company of Memphis magazine, Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent, and MBQ. Co-author of textbook World History: Perspectives on the Past. Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by City and Regional Magazine Association. Past President, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Secretary of the Memphis chapter, International Wine and Food Society.

JOE PEPE
President and Publisher, The Commercial Appeal. Has been in position for six years. B.A., Journalism, University of Oklahoma. Has been in position since 2005. Presides over leading news and information provider in Memphis and Mid-South region. Board Member, Memphis Tomorrow, United Way of the Mid-South, and Memphis Development Foundation. Member, Board of Visitors, University of Memphis. Member, St. Jude Memphis Club.

BERNAL E. SMITH II
President and Publisher, Tri-State Defender, a Real Times Media, Inc. B.B.A., Rhodes College. M.B.A., Union University. Tri-State Defender is one of oldest African-American newspapers in U.S.  Selected as one of “The Grio 100 History Makers in the Making.” Served on the Rhodes College International Alumni Board of Directors. President of the 100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc. Board Member, Black Business Association and Urban Child Development Advisory Council. Founding Member, Coalition for a Better Memphis.

RONALD WALTER
President and General Manager, WREG-TV News Channel 3. B.A., Chemistry, Clark University; M.S., Case Western Reserve University. Former Vice President, Government and Cable Relations, The NYT Company Broadcast Group. Member, Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Tennessee Historical Commission, Junior League of Memphis Advisory Board, and the American Chemical Society. Board Member, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

D. TREVOR YANT
Vice President and General Manager, Comcast Cable Communications. Bachelor’s, Accounting, University of South Alabama. Has been with Comcast for 13 years. Company is one of nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential and commercial customers. Member, Community Advisory Board for Junior League of Memphis. Board Member and President-elect, Hope House for HIV-affected children.

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