— Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting, was honored by
the Radio Television Digital News Association with a First
Amendment Leadership Award. The award is given annually by the Radio
Television Digital News Foundation to a leader who has made significant
contributions to the protection of the First Amendment and freedom of
the press. The award will be presented on Wednesday, March 12 in Washington, D.C.
“From his experience leading a newsroom to his current role
overseeing Gannett’ s broadcast division, Dave has always been a strong
leader and advocate for free speech. This award has been given to some
of the most influential journalists of our time and shines a spotlight
on the rights we hold dear. Dave, through his leadership, sets a
terrific example for our broadcast journalists as they fight to protect
First Amendment rights. I congratulate Dave on this important and
well-deserved honor,” said Gracia Martore, Gannett president and CEO.
Lougee has been president of Gannett Broadcasting since 2007 and
currently oversees 23 television stations across the country. Once
Gannett’s previously announced acquisition of Belo closes, Gannett’s
broadcast portfolio will nearly double, including stations to be
serviced by Gannett through shared services or similar sharing
Lougee started his broadcast career in Denver in 1981, ultimately serving as vice president/news director at Gannett’s KUSA-TV in Denver from 1990-1996. He worked as vice president of news at WRC-TV in Washington, DC, for two years and news director at KING-TV in Seattle before being named president and general manager of Belo’s TV and cable operations in Seattle/Tacoma
in 2000. He was later promoted to executive vice president for media
operations and in 2005, he was named a senior vice president of Belo.
Lougee serves on several industry boards. He is currently vice chair
of the NBC Affiliates Board, and a member of the National Association
of Broadcasters Board of Directors. He is also a member of the
BMI board of directors and immediate past chair
of the Television Bureau of Advertising board of directors.
Among past First Amendment Leadership Award winners: USA TODAY founder Al Neuharth, ABC’s Roone Arledge, CNN Founder Ted Turner, CBS “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt, The Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham and Fox News’ Roger Ailes.