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Guy Kerr, Alexa Verveer Join Media Institute Board of Trustees

FOR RELEASE: March 3, 2004

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Washington, March 2, 2004 - Patrick D. Maines, president of The Media Institute, announced today that Guy H. Kerr of Belo Corp. and Alexa Verveer of Discovery Communications, Inc. have joined The Media Institute's Board of Trustees.

Elected to the Board of Trustees at a meeting earlier today, Kerr is senior vice president for law and government and secretary of Belo Corp. He joined Belo in 2000 and assumed his current post in July 2003. He was formerly a senior partner in the Dallas law firm of Locke Liddell & Sapp, where he served on the firm's management committee for six years and headed the corporate and securities practice group. In his 22 years of private practice, Kerr advised clients in media, technology, financial services, manufacturing, and energy.

Also joining the board is Verveer, vice president of public policy and government relations for Discovery. She served previously as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to that, she served in the Office of the Associate Attorney General where, among other duties, she managed the development of DOJ's wireless communications policies. Verveer joined the Justice Department in 1994 through the Attorney General's Honors Program, and served initially as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Divi-sion.

"Guy Kerr and Alexa Verveer are two very accomplished individuals who will be great assets to The Media Institute," Maines said.

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, senior partner of Wiley Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C. For more information about the Institute, visit