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Jill Lesser, Greg Schmidt Elected Media Institute Trustees

FOR RELEASE: March 1, 2001

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Washington, March 1 - Jill A. Lesser of AOL Time Warner, Inc. and Gregory M. Schmidt of LIN Television Corp. were elected today to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute, it was announced by Institute President Patrick D. Maines.

Lesser is Senior Vice President, Domestic Public Policy for AOL Time Warner, where she leads the company's domestic public policy, regulatory, and industry relations activities and heads the Washington, D.C., office. She joined America Online in 1996. Lesser has led industry-wide efforts on Internet issues including the First Amendment, privacy, tax, telecommunications, and unsolicited commercial e-mail. She helped form the Online Privacy Alliance, a coalition of more than 80 companies and trade associations, and serves on the boards of several industry groups including the Internet Alliance, TrustE, and Internet Education Foundation. Previously Lesser held positions at People for the American Way in Washington and Debevoisse & Plimpton in New York. She graduated from the University of Michigan and holds a law degree from Boston University School of Law.

Schmidt has served as Vice President - New Development and General Counsel for LIN Television in Washington since 1995. He is interim co-president of MSTV, a television technical trade association working toward the transition to digital TV. Schmidt has chaired several committees of the Federal Communications Bar Association and served on its executive committee from 1993 to 1996. He has also been active in the American Bar Association and the Practicing Law Institute. From 1985 to 1995 Schmidt was a partner at Covington and Burling in Washington where he specialized in communications law. He joined the firm in 1979. Previously he served as a law clerk and deputy supervising staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Schmidt is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College and Stanford University Law School.

"Jill Lesser and Greg Schmidt possess the technical knowledge and policy expertise that will make them strong additions to the Board," said Maines. The Institute's 13-member Board of Trustees includes representatives from the online, broadcasting, cable, and print industries, as well as communications attorneys and academicians. The Board is chaired by former FCC chairman Dick Wiley.