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Don Baer, Mimi Feller Elected Media Institute Trustees

FOR RELEASE: May 24, 1999

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Donald A. Baer of Discovery Communications and Mimi Feller of Gannett have been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute, it was announced today by Institute President Patrick D. Maines.

Baer is senior vice president of Discovery Communications, Inc., home of The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and dozens of other media entities in the United States and 150 countries. He is also a member of the company1s Executive Committee. Previously, he served as assistant to President Clinton for strategic planning and communications, director of speechwriting and research, and chief speechwriter. Earlier he had held editorial positions with U.S. News and World Report and The American Lawyer, and had been a media lawyer

Feller is senior vice president / public affairs and government relations for Gannett Co. She serves on the 10-member Gannett Management Committee. Feller also directs the Gannett foundation and chairs the Foundation1s Management Contributions Committee. Her previous positions include deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs at the Treasury Department, chief of staff for Sen. John Chafee (R-R.I.), legislative director of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and assistant director of congressional relations for GSA.

"Don Baer and Mimi Feller bring a wealth of experience in media and government to the Institute's Board," said Maines. "Their perspectives will be a great asset to us and I1m glad we1ll be able to call upon their expertise," Maines added.

The Institute's 14-member Board of Trustees includes members from the broadcasting, cable, print, on-line, and advertising industries, as well as communications attorneys and academicians.