Chief Executive Officer
Nancy Lane is the chief executive officer of Local Media Association and Local Media Foundation, non-profit organizations that work with over 3,000 local media brands (newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, digital sites & more), as well as several hundred R&D partners in the industry. LMA’s mission is to ensure a healthy future for local journalism, which is essential to a strong democracy, by reinventing business models for news.
She is the 2019 recipient of the Borrell Award of Merit, presented each year to an executive who has done the most to foster innovation in the local media industry.
Under Lane’s leadership, some of the most important industry initiatives have been launched in the past two years including: Word in Black (led by 10 of the nation’s leading Black publishers), LMA Covering Climate Collaborative (with 30+ news, science and academic partners), News is Out – a Queer Media Collaboration, The Meta Branded Content Project (over $25 million sold to date), the Lab for Journalism Funding, LMA technology resource center and dozens of other projects. She is a champion for diversity, equity, inclusion and press freedom.
Lane spent 13 years in the newspaper industry as publisher, ad director and senior level executive in Pa., Conn. and Mo. before taking over LMA in 2000.
She is the Immediate Past President of the Villanova University Alumni Association. She lives in St Augustine and Jacksonville Beach, FL with her husband Dr. Shawn Burton, and their adorable dog Hugo.