Strong boards set the strategic direction and tone of any organization. Local Media Association and Local Media Foundation are proud to announce officers and new directors for 2023. 

LMA is charged with the business health of local media companies, with a specific focus on reinventing business models for news. Directors and officers also have fiduciary responsibilities over the affiliated Local Media Foundation. 

LMA officers:

  • Chair: Catherine Badalamente, CEO, Graham Media Group (returning for a second one-year term)
  • First Vice Chair: Tom Shaw, chief product officer, Shaw Media (returning to LMA board after serving as chair of the LMF board last year)
  • Second Vice Chair: Janis Ware, publisher, The Atlanta Voice
  • Treasurer: Liz White, publisher, Record-Journal
  • Secretary: Eric Barnes, CEO, The Daily Memphian 
  • Immediate Past Chair: Tom Sly, vice president/digital revenue, The E.W. Scripps Co. (returning for a second one-year term)

New LMA directors:

  • Judi Terzotis, president at The Advocate,, The Times-Picayune 
  • Jeff Moriarty, executive vice president/chief product officer, Nexstar Digital

View all LMA board officers and directors here.

Nancy Lane

“We are thrilled to add Judi and Jeff to the LMA board of directors and to welcome Tom Shaw back,” said Nancy Lane, CEO, Local Media Association and Local Media Foundation. “Judi has been deeply engaged with various LMF programs over the years, such as the Lab for Journalism Funding and Covering Climate Collaborative. Jeff brings extensive product expertise on both the newspaper and broadcast side, and Tom is moving over after a fantastic year as chair of the LMF board to fill a vacancy on the executive committee. We’re especially excited to welcome Catherine Badalamente back for a second term as board chair — she has been a fabulous leader and champion of local media. Also, a big welcome to Eric Barnes as secretary. He will challenge us to think differently, being the CEO of a digital startup.”

LMA wishes to thank outgoing directors Shannon Kinney, Dream Local Digital, and Pam Laycock, Metroland Media, for their many years of service and enormous contributions during their time on the LMA board. 

Local Media Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on the philanthropic funding of journalism, industry collaboration, sustainability for publishers of color and more. 

LMF officers:

  • Chair: Erica Smith, managing editor for digital, Times Union/Hearst, Albany, New York
  • First Vice Chair: Larry Lee, publisher/owner, The Sacramento Observer
  • Treasurer:  Catherine Badalamente, CEO, Graham Media Group
  • Secretary: Tanisha Leonard, president, Pitch Black
  • Immediate Past Chair: Tom Shaw, chief product officer, Shaw Media

New LMF directors:

“We’re excited to welcome Daniel and Jane to the Local Media Foundation board of directors,” said Lane. “Jane brings much needed expertise on philanthropic funding of journalism while Daniel adds a unique perspective as one of the industry’s most innovative R&D partners. We’re also excited for Erica Smith to lead LMF as board chair. We’ve worked with Erica for many years — she is going to do great work. Tanisha Leonard is a game-changing addition to the executive committee. She is one of the most talented leaders in digital marketing that we know.”

View all LMF board officers and directors here.

LMF is grateful for Gordon Borrell’s many contributions over the past 12 years. Borrell served on the LMA board for seven years, including a year as chair, and the LMF board for five years, including board chair in 2021. 

In 2018, LMA and LMF announced publicly stated KPIs for board diversity. Both organizations hit their goals within two years. Our commitment to the industry is to issue a public report card every year. Today the LMA board is composed of 57% women and 24% people of color. The LMF board makeup is 64% women and 27% people of color. The executive committees are: 60% women/40% people of color on the LMF board, and 50% women/17% people of color on the LMA board. The LMA staff is 68% women and 36% people of color. LMA leadership is 40% women and 20% people of color. 

About Local Media Association / Local Media Foundation

Local Media Association brings all media together to share, network, collaborate and more. More than 3,000 newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, digital pure-plays, and research and development partners engage with LMA as members or constituents of our programs. As a 501(c)(6) trade association, LMA is focused on the business side of local media. Its programs and labs focus on revenue growth and new business models. LMA helps local media companies develop their strategies via cutting-edge programs, conferences, webinars, research and training.

Local Media Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable trust, serves as the innovation and transformation affiliate of LMA. Incorporating our four strategic pillarsbusiness transformation, journalism funded by philanthropy, industry collaboration, and sustainability for publishers of color — LMF helps provide local media companies the strategies and resources for meaningful innovation and impactful journalism projects.