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Chris Berry President, General Manager News Talk 630 WMAL As President, General Manager of Washington’s 630 WMAL, Chris Berry oversees what has been referred to as “the most important radio station in the most important city in the world”. WMAL is owned by ABC, Inc. and provides it’s audience with news, commentary and listener involvement 24-hours a day. Berry is President of the “Washington Area Broadcasters Association,” an organization that represents all of the region’s radio and television stations. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland/DC/Delaware Broadcasters Association. Prior to joining WMAL in November 2002, Berry spent six years at ABC News in New York where he served as Vice President, Radio and was responsible for all domestic and international news, sports and information programming over the ABC Radio Networks. Berry joined ABC News in 1996 following 14 years at CBS Radio, where he worked as a newsroom manager in Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago. Although most of his career has been focused in radio news, Chris Berry is no stranger to the television newsroom, having started his broadcast career as a producer at WHBQ-TV in Memphis. Berry is the recipient of numerous broadcasting and journalism awards and has twice been nominated as “News Talk Executive of the Year” by Radio and Records magazine, and was honored with the award in 2002. He is active in many professional and community organizations and has served on both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Radio-Television News Directors Association. In 1999 he formed the RTNDA’s “Diversity Task Force” which encourages and recognizes news organizations that work toward acknowledging the differences that exist in their communities. He also has served on the Board of Directors of Foundation for American Communications. Khalim Piankhi Vice President, Community Relations WUSA 9 Khalim Piankhi was named Channel 9's Vice President, Community Relations in December 1996. Prior to this promotion, Piankhi had been Director of Community Affairs since 1994 when he was promoted from Manager of Community Affairs and Executive Producer of all locally produced programs for WUSA 9. In the seventeen years Piankhi has been with WUSA 9, he has been Executive Producer for programs that have won more than twenty Emmy Awards, three National Association of Broadcasters "Service to Children" Awards, a Gold and Silver Medal from the New York International Film and Television Festival, two CINE Golden Eagle awards, four Communication Excellence to Black Audiences awards, three Ohio State Awards, the Action for Children's Television Award and four Best of Gannett Awards. WUSA 9 Community Affairs activities for which Piankhi is responsible have received the Private Sector Initiative Award from the president of the United States as well as awards from the National Broadcast Association for Community Affairs, American Women in Radio & Television, the American Association of University Women and a 2003 Emmy Award for best Public Affairs program. Individual recognition includes the 1991 "One & Only" employee of the year award from WUSA 9 and the 1996 Board of Governor's award from the Washington, DC chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Khalim was also nominated for the 2004 Gannett “Manager of the Year” award. During Piankhi’s 33 years in the media, he has held positions in print, commercial and public television, and independent productions. He joined WUSA 9 from Washington D.C.'s WHUT-TV (PBS) where he was Senior Producer of the Emmy Award winning Evening Exchange program for three years and a Producer/Writer for four years (1981- 1988). Piankhi was a Producer/Writer for the Washington D.C. based Sunship Productions, Inc. from 1978-1980. Prior to this, he held various positions with NBC and the NBC owned local station WRC-TV from 1974-1978, including Washington Producer for Knowledge a daily, half-hour educational program broadcast in five cities. From 1972-74 he was editor of Blackstage Magazine, a publication he created and organized as an independent publishing company. Piankhi, who attended Washington D.C.'s Howard University, is a member of Leadership Washington and is a Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for The National Conference for Community & Justice, (formerly The National Conference of Christians and Jews). He is married and has three adult daughters. Ronald Sturman Community Relations Manager The Washington Times Ron Sturman’s professional and personal mission is to “do good as he does well.” As community relations manager for The Washington Times, he’s the point person for special partnerships that the newspaper has cultivated with organizations that make our communities better places in which to live and to work. The best example is the newspaper’s partnership with The Points of Light Foundation and its network of volunteer centers that engage people and organizations to volunteer time and talent for constructive community purposes. Prior to his current role, Ron was assistant manager of The Washington Times Educational Service where he acquired corporate sponsorships for the publication and distribution of K-12 educational supplements that appeared in-paper and were distributed to schools throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Ron is a volunteers in his community and with 40Plus of Greater Washington -- , the organization that provides career counseling and other support services to mature men and women seeking employment or career changes. (Ron notes that he is quite happy with his current employment and career, which has been built on a background of teaching, educational broadcasting, and public administration.) Rich D'Amato Vice President for Community Investment, America Online Inc Rich D'Amato is the Vice President for Community Investment at America Online Inc. He oversees the development and communication of all AOL's corporate giving and employee volunteer and community engagement programs. Prior to joining America Online in 2000, as AOL's senior executive for International Communications, Mr. D'Amato was Senior Vice President for Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery, a leading strategic communications firm located in New York City. A native of Washington, DC, Mr. D'Amato began his career with the United States Senate as a staff member in the Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms where, from 1986-1990, he served as a liaison between the news media and the U.S. Senate as well as its standing and special committees. In 1990, he became the Communications Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transposition, under the Chairmanship of Senator Fritz Hollings (SC), where he managed all external Committee communications as well as the Chairman's media profile. From 1994-1997, Mr. D'Amato was the Senior Director for Public Affairs at the National Cable Television Association where he was responsible for the Association's media communications efforts surrounding public policy issues and the cable industry's efforts to re-establish its public affairs and consumer affairs profile. Mr. D'Amato lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Sally Young D'Amato, a Managing Director at Bearing Point, and their two young children. Contact Information: Rich D'Amato Vice President, Community Investment 22000 AOL Way Dulles, VA 20166 703/265-3742 RDAM@AOL.com Stephen Freitas Chief Marketing Officer Outdoor Advertising Association of America, Inc. Stephen Freitas is Chief Marketing Officer, Outdoor Advertising Association of America, Inc. Stephen joined the OAAA after spending ten years developing high profile marketing programs for Clear Channel Communications and Eller Media Company. As Senior Vice-President of marketing, Mr. Freitas was responsible for global branding, advertising, research, public relations and corporate communications, in addition to being heavily involved with business development initiatives. Prior to joining the outdoor advertising industry, Mr. Freitas worked as a media planner at two San Francisco agencies. Before that, he was with Chevron USA. Mr. Freitas holds an M.B.A. in marketing and advertising. He is a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley.
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