CINCINNATI, March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nackey E. Scagliotti, a
great-granddaughter of the company's founder, will become chairwoman of The
E.W. Scripps Company's (NYSE: SSP) board of directors on May 5. She will
succeed William R. Burleigh, who is retiring after 10 years as chairman and
nearly 50 additional years as a Scripps employee.
In February, the board's nominating and governance committee recommended
to the full board that Scagliotti be selected as chairwoman. Scripps disclosed
the change in its annual proxy statement filed today with the Securities and
Scagliotti, 63, is a trustee of The Edward W. Scripps Trust and has been a
member of the Scripps board of directors since 1999. She was chairwoman of the
board of directors of The Union Leader Corporation, a Manchester, N.H.-based
publisher of daily, Sunday and weekly newspapers, from 1999 until last
December. She was assistant publisher of The Union Leader newspaper from 1996
to 1999. She also is the former president and publisher of Neighborhood
Publications, Inc., a New Hampshire-based publisher of weekly newspapers.
"The 58 years of service that Bill Burleigh has given to The E.W. Scripps
Company is profoundly appreciated and it's a great honor to follow him as
chair of the board," said Scagliotti. "We are blessed during these challenging
times with a management team and a board of directors that are among the most
dedicated and talented in the industry. Given our company's proud history of
integrity and innovation, I'm confident Scripps will play an important role in
developing a business model that assures future delivery of reliable news and
information to the American public."
Burleigh, a director of the company since 1990, chose not to be a nominee
for director at this year's annual meeting of shareholders.
After serving as editor of Scripps newspapers in Evansville, Ind., and
Cincinnati, Ohio, Burleigh joined the corporate headquarters in 1984 as vice
president and general editorial manager/newspapers, a position he held until
1988, when he became senior vice president of newspapers. He was promoted to
executive vice president of the company in 1990 and added the title of chief
operating officer in 1994. He was promoted to president in 1994, to chief
executive officer in 1996 and to chairman of the board in 1999.
"It is a happy day to see such a talented and dedicated member of the
Scripps family chosen to lead the board and to continue a remarkable
commitment that now stretches over four generations," said Burleigh.
The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse, 130-year-old media enterprise with
interests in television stations, newspapers, local news and information Web
sites, and licensing and syndication. The company's portfolio of locally
focused media properties includes: 10 TV stations (six ABC affiliates, three
NBC affiliates and one independent); daily and community newspapers in 14
markets and the Washington, D.C.-based Scripps Media Center, home of the
Scripps Howard News Service; and United Media, the licensor and syndicator of
Peanuts, Dilbert and approximately 150 other features and comics. For a full
listing of Scripps media companies and their associated Web sites, visit
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