FOR RELEASE: January 2, 2021

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., January 2, 2021 – Media Institute President Richard T. Kaplar issued the following statement on the passing of Richard Bates of The Walt Disney Co.:

“Richard Bates was a valued member of The Media Institute’s Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2018 and continued to be a great friend and supporter of the Institute.  We are saddened by the news of his passing.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to have known him and worked with him, and we extend our condolences to Richard’s family, friends, and colleagues.”

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