The Maynard Institute's Board of Directors

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Frank Blethen is board chair of the Seattle Times Company, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Yakima Herald-Republic. He is the publisher and CEO of the Seattle Times newspaper and president of Blethen Corporation. Frank Blethen joined the Seattle Times in 1968, after graduation from Arizona State University, where he received a B.S. in business.

Blethen is involved in a number of civic and industry efforts focused on higher education and health and human services. He served as chair of the 1996 United Way of King County Campaign and is a member of the 1997 campaign cabinet. He chaired the major gifts division of Campaign Washington State University. He chairs the Kitchen Cabinet advisory panel for the president of Washington State University. He is also on the Business Advisory Group for the president of the University of Washington.


Dorothy Butler Gilliam is director of the Young Journalists Development Project at The Washington Post. The project nurtures young people through various journalistic development programs in order to increase the number of Latinos and African Americans choosing a career in journalism.

From 1979 through 1997, she served as a regular columnist for The Washington Post. She wrote columns on local, national and international issues on topics that included education, politics, racial and cultural diversity, gender and social issues. Her journalistic expertise involves broad and extensive coverage on C-Span, Public Broadcasting System's "To the Contrary," Black Entertainment Television, and Howard University's WHMM-TV. In 1993, Gilliam was elected president of the National Association of Black Journalists, which gave her leadership of more than 3,500 members in broadcast and newspaper journalism, public relations, advertising and journalism education.


Christian A. Hendricks has been vice president, Interactive Media since 1999. He joined the company in 1992 as advertising manager, marketing for The Fresno Bee, and the following year became its marketing director. In 1994 he was named manager of technology for McClatchy, and held this position until 1996 when he was promoted to president and publisher of Nando Media, McClatchy's Internet publishing company. He remained there until taking his current position in 1999.?Ç Hendricks was named "New Media Pioneer" in 2003 by the Newspaper Association of America's New Media Federation. He has served on the federation's board and various NAA committees.


Professor Warren Lerude teaches Media Leaders and Issues (management) and First Amendment and Society (media law) and coordinates the Reynolds School of Journalism's Professional Internship Program. He is a 1977 Pulitzer Prize winner in journalism for editorial writing and has served on seven Pulitzer Prize juries at Columbia University in New York City. Lerude is a member of the National Advisory Committee of The Newseum, a $50 million museum set up by The Freedom Forum. He serves as an international consultant on media management and freedom of information matters and has been a member of the editorial board of USA TODAY, the board of directors of The Oakland Tribune and the board of the Squaw Valley USA Ski Corp.

Lerude is a 1961 journalism graduate of the University of Nevada. After a career as a reporter and editor with The Associated Press in Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and Reno, he joined the Reno newspapers and rose from reporter to editor, publisher and president of the Reno Evening Gazette and Nevada State Journal.


Paula Madison was named president and general manager of KNBC Channel 4 in November 2000 after serving as news director of WNBC in New York for over four years. Madison came to NBC 4 from KHOU-TV in Houston, where she had been executive news director since 1987. Prior to joining KHOU-TV, Madison had been news director at KOTV-TV in Tulsa, Okla., from 1986 to 1987. For the two years prior to that, Madison served as news manager for WFAA-TV in Dallas. She began her career in television news at WFAA-TV as community affairs director in 1982.

She also serves on the boards of the National Medical Fellowships Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the accessibility of health care to all communities, and the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit journalism watchdog agency. She is on the executive committee of the Campaign to Save Cardinal Spellman High School - her alma mater. A graduate of Vassar College (class of '74), Madison's first news position was as a reporter for the Syracuse (N.Y.). Herald Journal In 1980, Madison joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as an investigative reporter; she was later assistant city editor at the Dallas Times Herald.


John X. Miller is managing editor of the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina. He joined the paper in August, 2013 from the Hickory Daily Record, also in North Carolina, where he had been editor.

Miller is a graduate of the Maynard Institute Management Media Training Center.

He has worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers in Roanoke, Va., Charlotte, N.C., USA Today, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Detroit, where he was the public editor. He was director of community affairs for the Detroit Media Partnership LP and was chief executive of a Detroit nonprofit, The Heat and Warmth Fund.

Miller is a native of Winston-Salem and is the first African-American managing editor of The Journal.


A. Stephen Montiel, media relations director for the University of California Office of the President, is founding director and now board president of the Institute for Justice and Journalism (IJJ), whose current programs focus on strengthening journalism about immigration. He served for 12 years as president of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, from September 1988 to September 2000. He was among the nine co-founders of MIJE, created in 1977 as the Institute for Journalism Education. He directed the institute's Summer Program for Minority Journalists in 1978, 1980 and 1985, the Editing Program for Minority Journalists in 1981, and the institute's 1991 Management Training Center. He reported and edited for The Associated Press, Vietnam Bureau of Pacific Stars and Stripes, Arizona Daily Star and Los Angeles Times, and served as deputy press secretary for the 1984 Olympics and vice president of the LA84 Foundation, created with Olympic surplus funds. He also served as campaign press secretary for the re-election of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley in 1985.  He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a founding member of CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California. A 1969 journalism graduate of the University of Arizona, Montiel taught there as an assistant professor of journalism from 1979 to 1981. Montiel has been a member of the Maynard Institute Board of Directors since its incorporation in 1977.


Addie M. Rimmer is associate professor of professional practice at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was the deputy managing editor for news at the Detroit Free Press. She previously was the executive editor and vice president of the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo.; editor and vice president of The News in Boca Raton, Fla.; assistant managing editor and deputy features editor of the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, California; assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arizona in Tucson and held several positions at The Wall Street Journal in New York; a copy editor at The Miami Herald and was a reporter at a financial wire service.

A 1980 graduate of The Editing Program, Rimmer has served as the chair of The Maynard Institute's Editing Program Advisory Committee for several years. She is a graduate of the Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and the City College of New York.


William Schmidt is a professor of practice in the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona.  He joined the faculty in Tucson in the summer of 2013, after retiring as deputy managing editor of The New York Times.

Mr. Schmidt worked at The Times for 32 years, including 15 years as a member of senior management in the newsroom. He joined the newspaper's masthead in 1997, as an associate managing editor for news administration.

He spent most of his career as a correspondent working outside New York City, for both The Times and Newsweek magazine.  He ran Times bureaus in Denver, Atlanta and Chicago, and also served four years as the newspaper's London correspondent, writing from the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans as well as the United Kingdom.

As a correspondent for Newsweek for eight years, he worked in bureaus in Chicago and Miami, and was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief in Moscow and Cairo.

From 1969 to 1973, Mr. Schmidt was a reporter with The Detroit Free Press.

In 1987, he was among a team at The Times who shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for articles about the causes of the Challenger disaster.  He also shares a George Polk Award for national reporting for coverage of the shootings at Kent State University, and an Overseas Press Club award for his reporting for Newsweek on the war in Lebanon.

Born in Detroit, Mr. Schmidt received a B.A degree in journalism from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He is the father of three children.


William Dean Singleton, 54, is vice chairman and CEO of MediaNews Group, publisher of 50 daily newspapers and 122 non-daily publications in 12 states. He founded the company in 1983 and in its 23rd year, MediaNews is the Nation's seventh largest newspaper company and the second largest privately held newspaper concern. Singleton is also chairman of the board and publisher of The Denver Post, the company's largest newspaper, and chairman of the board for the Denver Newspaper Agency, the publisher of The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. He is also publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune.

He began his newspaper career at the age of 15 as a part-time reporter in his hometown of Graham, Texas, and bought his first newspaper at age 21. He served on the board of the Newspaper Association of America from 1993 until 2004 and is the former chairman of the board. He also serves on the Associated Press Board of Directors, the board of trustees for the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center, the National Sports Center for the Disabled Board, The Helen G. Bonfils Foundation, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Winter Park Recreational Association Board. In addition, he is a member of the board of trustees for the University of Denver.


Mark Trahant (Chairman) is an independent print and broadcast journalist. He writes a weekly column and posts often on Twitter (including daily news poems). He was a reporter on the PBS series, Frontline, with a story called "The Silence," about sexual abuse by clergy in Alaska.

Trahant is a member of Idaho's Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and is a past president of the Native American Journalists Association. He has been editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer; a columnist at The Seattle Times; publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho; executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune; a reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix; and has worked at several tribal newspapers.

Trahant has won numerous journalism awards and was a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting as co-author of a series on federal-Indian policy. He is the author of “The Last Great Battle of the India Wars,” “Pictures of Our Nobler Selves,” and “The Whole Salmon. He contributed to “Lewis & Clark Through Indian Eyes,” an anthology edited by the late Alvin Josephy Jr.

Trahant was a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 and 2005. He has been chairman and chief executive officer at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. In recent years he has been a Kaiser Media Fellow and an editor-in-residence at the University of Idaho. He lives in Fort Hall, Idaho.