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Kurt Wimmer of Gannett Joins Media Institute Board of Trustees

FOR RELEASE: May 12, 2008

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Arlington, Va., May 12, 2008 – Kurt Wimmer, an internationally distinguished communications attorney who has worked in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, has joined The Media Institute's Board of Trustees. His election was announced today by Patrick D. Maines, president of The Media Institute.

Mr. Wimmer is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Gannett, Inc., in McLean, Va. He is responsible for the company's legal affairs and public policy. He is a member of the Gannett Management Committee, the company's advisory group of top executives, and a member of the board of directors of Gannett U.K., Ltd.

Mr. Wimmer is a member and former chairman of The Media Institute's First Amendment Advisory Council. He is also a member of the board of the Media Law Resource Center and is immediate past president of its Defense Counsel Section. He serves on the Board of Editors of the Southwestern Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law and ABA Communications Lawyer.

Mr. Wimmer is listed in "Best Lawyers in America" in four areas: administrative law, communications law, First Amendment, and media law. He is the only lawyer to have received the Joseph A. Sprague Award from the National Press Photographers Association for service to the journalistic community.

Before joining Gannett in 2006, Mr. Wimmer was a partner in the international law firm of Covington & Burling, where his clients included the CBS and NBC network affiliate associations, the Newspaper Association of America, the Washington Post Company, and Microsoft. He co-chaired the firm's Technology, Media and Communications group. Mr. Wimmer was managing partner of the firm's London office from 2000 to 2003.

A graduate of the University of Missouri's Columbia School of Journalism, Mr. Wimmer holds a Master's degree in Communications Policy from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and a law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law.

"We have known Kurt and respected his expertise for years. He was an exemplary chairman of our First Amendment Advisory Council, and I know he will bring that same energy to our board," 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. The board is chaired by former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley, senior partner of Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C. For more information about the Institute, visit