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Kenneth Y. Tomlinson is chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all non-military U.S. international broadcasting, including the Voice of America (VOA); Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL); Radio Free Asia (RFA); Radio and TV Martí, and the Middle East Television Network (MTN). He also serves as chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Tomlinson, former editor-in-chief for Reader’s Digest, has more than 35 years of journalistic experience. He began his career as a reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 1965. In 1968 he joined the Washington bureau of Reader’s Digest, then served as a correspondent in Vietnam, and eventually in Paris, where he covered events in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Tomlinson Director of the Voice of America, where he served until 1984. After his tenure at VOA, Tomlinson returned to Reader’s Digest to serve as managing editor. He was subsequently named executive editor of the Digest in 1985 and editor-in-chief in 1989. He retired from Reader’s Digest in 1996.

Tomlinson is the co-author of "P.O.W.", a history of American prisoners of war in Vietnam. He has served as the chairman of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (1985), and as member of the U.S. Board for International Broadcasting (1986-1994). In 1995 he was named Virginia Press Association’s Virginian of the Year, and he is a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

Tomlinson and his wife Rebecca reside at Springbrook Farm near Middleburg. One son, William, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, works in sports for CNN in Atlanta. A second son, Lucas, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and is currently assigned to the USS McInerney.


Joaquin F. Blaya of Miami, Florida, is chairman of Blaya Media Inc. Since emigrating to the United States from Chile 36 years ago, Blaya has held a number of senior management positions with media companies. He served as chairman of Radio Unica, a Spanish-language radio network, and as CEO of the Telemundo Group, Inc., the nation's second-largest Spanish-language television network. Blaya also served as president of Univision Holdings, Inc., the nation's largest Spanish-language media company. Before coming to the United States in 1966, he worked in several marketing and media firms.

Blaya is active in national and local civic affairs. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, as Chairman of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Miami, and on the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian Institution. In 2002, he received the American Institute for Public Service's Lifetime Achievement Jefferson Award, and the Robert C. Maynard Legend Award given by the National Association of Minority Media Executives.


Blanquita Walsh Cullum serves as the president of the National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts (NARTSH). Every year since 1995, she has been named by TALKERS magazine, the trade publication for the industry, as one of the Top 100 broadcasters in talk radio. Her nationally syndicated program, "Newsbeat," is heard coast-to-coast on the Radio America Network. She is president and founder of the Young American Broadcasters Program. Cullum, the first Hispanic woman and the first radio talk show host to serve on the BBG, is also a member of the National Moment of Remembrance
Commission. Cullum frequently appears on national television.

She began her broadcasting career 25 years ago in San Antonio, Texas, where she worked for KENS-TV, KITE-Radio, KTSA-Radio and KSJL-Radio. She has also worked as marketing director for the Coors Corporation, and marketing specialist for the National Bureau of the Census. She served as White House liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and executive assistant to the deputy director of FEMA during President George H.W. Bush's administration.

Cullum is active in political, charitable and civic organizations. She has worked closely with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Congress and served as a surrogate speaker for the Republican National Committee. Born in California, Cullum has two grown children. She currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.


D. Jeffrey Hirschberg of Bethesda, Maryland, is a partner in Kalorama Partners, a consulting firm that deals with corporate governance and risk assessment. Hirschberg retired from Ernst & Young in 1999 as vice chairman/governmental affairs. Previously, he worked as a private attorney in Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From 1972-1980, Hirschberg worked for the U.S. Justice Department as a special attorney and deputy chief of the criminal division’s special litigation section. Among other cases, he was responsible for investigations and prosecutions under the pre-Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He also prosecuted civil and criminal matters as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Milwaukee.

Hirschberg has broad political and international experience. He is a director of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, and a former director of the Center for Democracy, a bi-partisan, non-governmental organization. Hirschberg has been active in domestic politics as a managing trustee of the Democratic National Committee and a member of the board of advisors of the Democratic Leadership Council.

A native of Oshkosh, Wis., Hirschberg is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Hirschberg holds a law degree from Marquette University Law School.

Edward E. Kaufman is President of Public Strategies, a political and management consulting firm based in Wilmington, Delaware. Since 1991, he has been a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University, teaching in The School of Law, Fuqua School of Business, and The Sanford Institute of Public Policy. He is Co-Chair of the Duke University School of Law's Center for the Study of the Congress. He is a Trustee of the Christiana Care Corporation and is a member of the Board of Directors of Children and Families First and WHYY. Mr. Kaufman was formerly Chief of Staff to Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE).

Norman J. Pattiz started a small radio syndication company in 1976 in a one-room office on the westside of Los Angeles. Today, over twenty-five years later, that company is Westwood One, America’s largest radio network organization, and one of the nation's largest suppliers of local traffic, news and sports programming to TV stations.

In May of 2000, Pattiz was appointed by President Clinton to the United States Broadcasting Board of Governors, and reappointed by President Bush in September of 2002. Most recently Mr. Pattiz has been the driving force behind the creation of Radio Sawa and Alhurra Television.

Pattiz is strongly committed to education. He has served as a Regent of the University of California since September 2001. He is past president of the Broadcast Education Association, a member of the Board of Councilors of the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, and is primary benefactor of the Hamilton High Academy of Music (LAUSD’s Magnet School for Music and Performing Arts). He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Pacific Council on International Policy, and serves on the boards of RAND’s Center for Middle East Public Policy, the Museum of Television & Radio, Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and the Earth Communications Office (ECO).

Pattiz has been the recipient of numerous professional and leadership awards including, an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University, the Distinguished Education Service Award from the Broadcast Education Association, the Freedom of Speech Award from NARTSH, Radio Business Report’s “Executive of the Year,” The Gallagher Report’s “Radio Industry Executive of the Year,” and Executive Magazine’s “Executive of the Year.” He has also been honored by the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles and the Israel Policy Forum.

Pattiz is a native of Los Angeles and lives in Beverly Hills with his wife Mary Turner Pattiz.

Veronique Rodman is director of public affairs at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, a Washington-based think-tank. She is responsible for AEI's press relations, including promoting AEI scholars and their work, AEI books and all events and conferences.

Before joining AEI in 1999, Rodman worked for many years in broadcasting. From 1982-1995, she served as a producer of ABC-TV's "This Week With David Brinkley." As a television news consultant, she helped launch "Fox News Sunday."

Rodman also worked as vice president for the Cosmetic, Toiletries and Fragrance Association Foundation, and as program coordinator for the SAIS-Novartis Prize for Excellence in International Journalism, a journalism award given annually at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Previously, she worked for former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and for CSIS's Congressional Leadership Group on International Communication. Early in her career, she was assistant director (exhibitions and conferences) for "The World of Islam Festival" in London.

Born in Egypt, Rodman received a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.S. from Georgetown University. She has studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is married to Peter W. Rodman. They have two children.


Steven J. Simmons is Chairman and CEO of Patriot Media and Communications, LLC, a new company formed to purchase cable companies in the United States. It will offer subscribers digital and analog cable programming as well as high-speed Internet access through cable modems. From 1982-1994, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Simmons Communications, Inc. (SCI). Simmons founded SCI, which owned and managed cable companies, in 1981. At its height, SCI served approximately 350,000 cable subscribers in 20 states. It had over 50 offices nationwide and more than 600 employees. Prior to starting SCI, Simmons served almost four years as an assistant and then as associate director on the White House's domestic policy staff.

A graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School, Simmons began his career at the University of California at Irvine where he taught communications and constitutional law, among other subjects. His writing includes a book entitled "The Fairness Doctrine and the Media." Simmons has also authored children's books, including "Alice and Greta," which became a best-selling children's picture book.

Simmons continues to be active in cable and other organizations. He served on the board of the National Cable Television Association for three years, and he co-founded and chairs the Entrepreneurs Club, a group of 24 leaders of cable television companies. He was also active in the Young Presidents' Organization, serving on its board, and is a member of the Chief Executives' Organization.

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell serves as an ex-officio member of the bipartisan Board.

General Powell was the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and served as National Security Advisor under President Reagan. A decorated veteran of the United States Army, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. General Powell served as executive assistant in both the Energy and Defense Departments and as senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1993.

In 1997, General Powell helped found America's Promise, an organization dedicated to building the character and competence of the nation's youth. He currently serves as chairman of the organization, as well as serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Howard University, and of the Board of Directors of United Negro College Fund.

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