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Linda Bloss-Baum, Robert Okun, Bruce Sanford Join Media Institute Board of Trustees

FOR RELEASE: December 12, 2006

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Washington, Dec. 12, 2006 - Patrick D. Maines, president of The Media Institute, announced today that Linda Bloss-Baum of Warner Music Group, Robert Okun of NBC Universal, and Bruce Sanford of Baker Hostetler have joined The Media Institute's Board of Trustees. All three were elected today at the board's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Linda Bloss-Baum is Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations for Warner Music Group. Previously she represented the interests of Universal Studios Entertainment, which later became part of NBC Universal. From 1999 to 2003 she served as counsel to chairmen Tom Bliley and W.J. "Billy" Tauzin in the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Robert Okun is Vice President, NBC Universal Washington, where he heads the Washington office of NBC Universal. Okun served as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education (1991-1992), and was floor assistant to former House Republican leader Robert Michel. Okun held various senior management positions in the U.S. House from 1981 to 1991.

Bruce W. Sanford is a partner with the Washington office of Baker Hostetler, and serves as general counsel to the Society of Professional Journalists. He has represented most of the leading national news media and book publishers, and has defended more than 1,000 libel, intellectual property, and First Amendment cases. Sanford chairs the Institute's First Amendment Advisory Council.

"We welcome Linda Bloss-Baum, Bob Okun, and Bruce Sanford, and we are confident that their combined expertise will be a great asset to The Media Institute," said Maines.

The Media Institute's Board of Trustees is comprised of representatives from the broadcasting, cable, online, and print industries, as well as communications attorneys. 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