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Alberto Ibargüen - Ex-Officio

Alberto is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Knight Foundation. The foundation promotes informed and engaged communities by funding quality journalism, media innovation, community engagement and the arts.  

He was a newspaper executive in Hartford and New York City before serving as publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.  During his tenure, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prizes and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in journalism. 

He is a former board chair of the PBS, the World Wide Web Foundation (founded by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee) and of the Newseum.  He is a member and former board member of the Council on Foreign Relations, served on the Secretary of State's Foreign Policy Advisory Committee, and is a member of the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Media Lab.  He is a member of the board of American Airlines. He previously served on the boards of PepsiCo, AOL and Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL). 

Alberto is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He holds honorary degrees and honors from several schools, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.   He served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela's Amazon Territory and in Bogotá, Colombia. 



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