International Women's Media Foundation Names Exec. Director

By: E&P Staff Liza Gross, who was most recently The Miami Herald's managing editor for presentation and operations, has been named executive director of the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF).

Gross, who joined the IWMF board in 2004 and served as co-chair in 2007-08, has served as interim executive director of the foundation since April.

"The board unanimously agreed that Liza is the best person to lead the IWMF as we celebrate our 20th anniversary year," said Akwe Amosu, IWMF co-chair. "Her experience in leadership roles in both the media and non-profits working with the media is extensive. She has been a journalist, a publisher and a dedicated member of the IWMF board, helping to develop many of our signature programs, including the Courage in Journalism Awards and our leadership training for women journalists."

A native of Argentina, Gross is the former executive managing editor of El Nuevo Dia, the largest circulation daily newspaper in Puerto Rico, and a former publisher of Exito, the Spanish-language weekly published for more than a decade by the Chicago Tribune.

"Liza's experience as a leader and an international journalist is invaluable to the IWMF, an organization whose goal is to strengthen the role of women in the media worldwide," said Campbell Brown of CNN, an IWMF co-chair. "Her experience as a leader in international journalism is the perfect fit for us."

Founded in 1990, the International Women's Media Foundation describes itself as "a global network dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide as a means to further freedom of the press."

The IWMF network includes women and men in the media in more than 130 countries worldwide.


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