Eve Burton - Participant

Eve Burton is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Hearst. Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 businesses. Its major interests include ownership in cable television networks such as A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime and ESPN; majority ownership of global ratings agency Fitch Group; Hearst Business Media which globally delivers information, analytics and workflow solutions in finance, healthcare and transportation; 30 television stations, numerous newspapers and more than 300 magazines around the world; and digital services businesses and investments in emerging digital and video companies such as BuzzFeed, VICE and AwesomenessTV.

Burton is on the Hearst Board of Directors. She has overall responsibility of day-to-day management for the Office of General Counsel, which provides legal services to all of Hearst’s businesses around the world. She also manages corporate human resource issues, labor relations and government affairs. Burton has been one of Hearst’s leaders in establishing worldwide strategic enterprise deals with partners, is a member of Hearst’s Venture Committee which funds digital initiatives and is a leader of HearstLab, which fosters innovation and investment in early stage businesses led by women. The Hearst Office of General Counsel also has a dedicated initiative to the ongoing protection of First Amendment rights for its journalists and the preservation of a free press and was awarded a lifetime First Amendment Award from the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press in 2016.

Burton sits on the board of directors of Intuit, Inc. and prior to that she was on the board of directors of AOL. She is a member of the advisory board of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford and Columbia Universities.

Prior to joining Hearst, Burton served as Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel at Cable News Network (CNN), where she oversaw all legal matters relating to news and other programming on CNN networks and websites. From 1995 to 2000, Burton was at the New York Daily News as the deputy general counsel. She began her career at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, after serving as a law clerk for the Hon. Leonard B. Sand in the United States District Court, New York. Burton was a Fulbright Research Scholar at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Burton has won the Fulbright Award for Human Rights Work. She was also named an Outstanding Woman of the Bar by the New York County Lawyers’ Association. She has received First Amendment awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, The National Press Club and the New York Press Club.





Senior Vice President and General Counsel