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Soledad O’Brien, Chris McCarthy among six new Peabody board members

Peabody, the organization behind the Peabody Awards and other storytelling honors, has appointed six new members to its board of directors. The organization is based at the Grady College of Journalism ...
December 12, 2019

Peabody, the organization behind the Peabody Awards and other storytelling honors, has appointed six new members to its board of directors.

The organization is based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, and their awards and programming center on television, radio and digital media through symposiums, screenings and podcasts, as well as the eponymous awards.

New members of the East Coast board are Soledad O’Brien (pictured left; journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist), Nancy Barnes (SVP of news and editorial director at NPR), Jessica Herrera-Flanigan (EVP of government and corporate affairs at Univision Communications, Inc.), Chris McCarthy (right; president of entertainment and youth brands for ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks) and Connor Schell (EVP of content at ESPN).

Meanwhile, the West Coast Peabody board of directors welcomes Steven Lafferty (partner and managing director at Creative Artists Agency).

The boards, launched in 2015, provide expert counsel and stewardship, and advance Peabody’s commitment to outstanding and transformative storytelling. The boards are separate from the board of jurors which bestows the Peabody Awards for excellence in broadcasting and digital media annually.

“The intellectual capital and energy our boards bring is unparalleled, and we are excited to welcome these new members as they help us extend our reach through new partnerships and public engagements,” said Jeffrey Jones, executive director of Peabody, in a statement.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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