By: E&P Staff
Alberto Ibarg?en, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, was named chairman of the Newseum effective Jan. 1, it was announced Wednesday.
The Newseum also announced the addition of four new trustees to its board. They include Gary L. Ginsberg, executive vice president of corporate affairs for News Corp.; George B. Irish, president of Hearst Newspapers; and ABC News President David Westin. Robert Stanton, the former director of the National Park Service, is also joining the board.
“These moves broaden the base of active support for the Newseum,” the museum’s CEO, Charles L. Overby, said in a statement. “When we open in the fall of 2007, the Newseum will have the benefit of both a strong management team and an outstanding board of directors.”
The Newseum, an interactive museum devoted to news and journalism, is nearing completion at Pennsylvania Avenue and 6th Street in Washington, D.C. The $435-million project, funded by The Freedom Forum, is expected to open in September 2007.
Ibarg?en, who now leads a foundation with assets of $1.9 billion that annually grants more than $90 million to promote excellence in journalism, was a newspaper executive for more than 20 years. He was publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald until June, when he joined the Knight Foundation.