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Gail Gove

Headshot of Steering Committee Member Gail Gove

Gail Gove became the General Counsel of NBCUniversal News Group in December 2020, leading legal support for NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC local stations, and Telemundo.  Gail’s legal team advises on media and intellectual property law, commercial transactions, and corporate matters, and liaises with NBCU lawyers on compliance, litigation, and employment and labor law, among other areas.  Previously, Gove served as the General Counsel of Reuters from 2016 to 2020 and its Chief Counsel of the newsroom from 2012-2016.  At Reuters, Gove secured the release of Reuters journalists convicted of espionage in Myanmar, co-taught law and ethics to Reuters journalists all over the world, transacted a new $10 billion, 30-year deal with Reuters’ largest customer, oversaw Reuters’ portfolio of international litigation, played a key role in journalist safety, and generally supported Reuters’ global newsroom and business reaching billions of people a day with video, text, pictures and graphics.  Before joining Reuters, Gove was a media lawyer and litigator at Dow Jones, where she supported The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires and Dow Jones’ other news properties, was the General Counsel of the Dow Jones Legal Media Group, with newspapers across the country, and played a leading role in the oversight and management of the Dow Jones News Fund.  Gove was a litigator at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), a law clerk to the Honorable Constance Baker Motley of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and a fellowship attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.  Gove is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Whitman College, and attended Oberlin College.  She regularly teaches media law at Columbia University School of Journalism and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.  Gove joined RCFP’s Steering Committee in 2021.