Three new members have been named to The Associated Press board of directors and an incumbent re-elected at AP’s annual meeting at its New York headquarters.
Re-elected to fill his final year on the board was Jon Rust, publisher of the Southeast Missourian and co-president of Rust Communications, a family-owned media company based in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The company has 19 daily and 30 weekly newspapers as well as partial ownership in 17 radio stations. Rust serves as vice chair of the board.
Bill Hoffman, president of Cox Media Group, was elected to the board. The Cox Media Group operates 14 TV stations, 57 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen nondaily publications. It is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. Based in Atlanta, CMG also operates more than 100 digital services as well as Cox Reps, which sells local advertising across platforms.
Isaac Lee, president of news for Univision Communications, Inc., the leading Spanish-language media company serving Hispanic America, and Rob King, senior vice president of SportsCenter and News for ESPN, were appointed by the board as new directors.
In addition to heading news for Univision, Lee is also CEO of Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network owned by Univision and Disney/ABC. He is responsible for leading news across the Univision enterprise, including programming and production for Univision Networks, Univision Radio, Univision Television Group and the company’s digital platforms. At Univision, Lee has focused on coverage that matters most to the growing U.S. Hispanic community.
King recently assumed a new role, overseeing all of SportsCenter and ESPN’s newsgathering operations, leading the efforts of the company’s biggest subbrand. Prior to this assignment, King was senior vice president for content, ESPN digital and print media, responsible for all content and the overall editorial direction of ESPN’s leading portfolio of digital and print sports properties, including text, audio, video and multimedia content.
The new AP board has 21 directors. Directors are elected or appointed to the AP board. Each director is eligible to serve up to a total of nine years, although the chairman is exempt from that rule.