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David Fleming, Kurt Wimmer Join Media Institute Board of Trustees

FOR RELEASE: June 26, 2003

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Washington, June 26, 2003 - Patrick D. Maines, president of The Media Institute, announced that David Fleming of Gannett Co., Inc., and Kurt Wimmer of Covington & Burling have joined The Media Institute's Board of Trustees.

Elected to the Board of Trustees at a meeting held earlier today, Fleming is senior legal counsel for Gannett, with chief responsibility for overseeing legal matters for its 22 television stations. He joined Gannett in 1995, after spending eight years at Multimedia, Inc., where he served as vice president/general counsel/government relations. Prior to that, he had been a partner in the law firm of Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, and had also served as an attorney/advisor with the Federal Communications Commission.

Also joining the board is Wimmer, who is returning to Washington after managing the London office of the international law firm Covington & Burling. He concentrates on media and information technology law for video content companies, broadcasters, Internet publishers, and software companies. Wimmer is chairman of the board of the International Research & Exchanges Board, and co-chair of the international media law committee of the Defense Council section of the Media Law Resource Center. He also serves as co-editor of the American Bar Association's Communications Lawyer magazine. Wimmer is the new chairman of The Media Institute's First Amendment Advisory Council, and serves on the Board of Trustees as an ex officio member.

"The broad range of communications law experience David Fleming and Kurt Wimmer possess is certainly a welcome addition to the Institute's board," Maines said.

In other business, the board ratified three new members of the First Amendment Advisory Council: Bruce Sanford, a partner in the law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP and general counsel of the Society of Professional Journalists; David Hudson, Jr., research attorney for the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.; and Ashley Gauthier, legal counsel for U.S. News & World Report in Washington, D.C.

The Media Institute's Board of Trustees is comprised of representatives from the broadcasting, cable, online, and print industries, as well as communications attorneys and academicians. The board is chaired by former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley.