Shelby Coffey III is vice chair of the Newseum. He was executive vice president at ABC News in New York before joining CNN in 1999, where he was news chief at CNNfn. Previously, he was editor of the Los Angeles Times.
Coffey has held editorial positions with the Dallas Times Herald, U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post. In 2001, he was named a fellow of the Freedom Forum, where he studied and wrote about the media and First Amendment issues.