FOR RELEASE: December 2, 2015

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Washington, December 2, 2015 – Rebecca Hanson of the Sinclair Broadcast Group was elected to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute at the board’s annual meeting today in Washington.  Hanson is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Policy, for Sinclair.

Hanson is a senior media and telecom executive, with experience in the entertainment, wireless, and regulatory areas.  She joined Sinclair Broadcast Group in January 2014 to open Sinclair’s Washington, D.C., office and to represent Sinclair’s policy interests at the FCC and Capitol Hill.  She was appointed to the NAB Television Board of Directors in March 2014.

Prior to joining Sinclair, Hanson served at the FCC for over four years as Senior Advisor, Spectrum, in the Media Bureau, where she served on the Incentive Auction Task Force.  She also served briefly as Director for Public-Private Initiatives under Julius Genachowski.

From 2007 to 2009, Hanson was Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Sprint, where she helped plan the roll-out of the first 4G wireless broadband network in the United States.  From 2000 to 2006, Hanson was Senior Vice President for Business Development at XM Satellite Radio.  Prior to XM, Hanson was an attorney with the law firm ShawPittman (now Pillsbury).  Hanson received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

“We are delighted to have Rebecca joining the board.  Her experience in several key media sectors, as well as the FCC, will be of great benefit to The Media Institute,” said Patrick Maines, president of the Institute.

The Media Institute’s Board of Trustees is comprised of representatives from the broadcasting, cable, digital, telecom, and consumer electronics 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, visit the Institute online at

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