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Kathleen Grillo of Verizon Joins Media Institute Board of Trustees

FOR RELEASE: July 21, 2009

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., July 21, 2009 – Kathleen Grillo, vice president of federal regulatory affairs for Verizon, has joined The Media Institute's Board of Trustees. Her election was announced today by Patrick D. Maines, president of The Media Institute.

Ms. Grillo will become Verizon's senior vice president of federal regulatory affairs on Sept. 1, replacing Susanne Guyer, who will retire on Aug. 31. Ms. Guyer has served on the Institute's Board since June 2007 and will step down from that post.

Ms. Grillo joined Verizon in 2002 as legal counsel in the legal department's federal regulatory group.  She became vice president of federal regulatory affairs in 2003. In that position, she has developed and advanced Verizon's federal regulatory policy on a variety of issues and has represented the company at the FCC and in various other venues.

Prior to joining Verizon, Ms. Grillo was an associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and law clerk to Judge Harold H. Greene of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Ms. Grillo holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. She is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and former chair of the Computer and Telecommunications Law Section of the D.C. Bar.

"We welcome Kathy to our Board of Trustees. I am confident that her knowledge of both the telecom industry and the federal policy arena will be a great asset to The Media Institute," Maines said.

The Media Institute's Board of Trustees is comprised of representatives from the broadcasting, cable, telecom, 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