Gene Policinski - Chief operating officer/Newseum Institute and senior vice president/First Amendment Center
Chief operating officer/Newseum Institute and senior vice president/First Amendment Center
Gene Policinski is chief operating officer of Newseum Institute, and senior vice president of the First Amendment Center, one of the initiatives of the institute.
A veteran journalist, Policinski has held news and leadership positions in newspapers, radio, television and online operations. In addition to his expertise on First Amendment issues, Policinski is a long-time proponent of diversity as an essential component of a free press.
Policinski co-writes the weekly, nationally distributed column, "Inside the First Amendment." He was executive producer of the public television program "Speaking Freely," recognized in 2011 with a special Emmy award; and continues as occasional host of the First Amendment Center's unique "Freedom Sings" live performance program featuring music that has been banned, censored or served as social anthems.
Policinski came to the Freedom Forum in 1996 from USA Today, where he was one of its founding editors and held various news executive positions. He is an adjunct faculty member at Winthrop University in South Carolina; and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Media, Culture and Ethics, at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Ky. He is a member of the national board of trustees for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and a past trustee of the United States Sports Academy and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation. He was co-chair of the 2012 national convention of the American Society of News Editors.
A graduate of Ball State University, he attended the Nashville School of Law. The Newseum Institute and the Newseum champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through education and information programs.