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Reporters Committee elects Pierre Thomas of ABC News as chair

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Pierre Thomas, senior justice correspondent for ABC News, was elected Tuesday as chair of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of…

Pierre Thomas, senior justice correspondent for ABC News, was elected Tuesday as chair of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press by the organization’s Steering Committee. Immediate past chair Saundra Torry, editorial writer and member of the editorial board at USA TODAY, was elected to serve as vice chair. Former Associated Press news editor John C. Henry, now a freelance writer, was re-elected in May as secretary-treasurer and continues in that post. All terms are for one year.

The Steering Committee also voted to expand the organization’s Executive Committee to six, which will include the officers as well as three Steering Committee members. Elected as new members of the expanded Executive Committee were: David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University; Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine and its news operation; and Margaret Low Smith, senior vice president of news at NPR until Aug. 1, when she will leave NPR to become president of AtlanticLIVE and vice president of The Atlantic on Sept. 2. Boardman and Goldberg will serve three-year terms, and Smith two years.

New members of the Steering Committee elected at the organization’s May 19 meeting were: David McCumber, Washington bureau chief for Hearst Newspapers; Carol Rosenberg, military affairs correspondent for The Miami Herald; and Jennifer Sondag, standards editor, Americas, at Bloomberg News.

A complete list of Reporters Committee Steering Committee members is online.

About the Reporters Committee

Founded in 1970, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers free legal support to thousands of working journalists and media lawyers each year. It is a leader in the fight against persistent efforts by government officials to impede the release of public information, whether by withholding documents or threatening reporters with jail. In addition to its 24/7 Legal Defense Hotline, the Reporters Committee conducts cutting-edge legal research, publishes handbooks and guides on media law issues, files frequent friend-of-the-court legal briefs and offers challenging fellowships and internships for young lawyers and journalists. For more information, go to www.rcfp.org, or follow us on Twitter @rcfp.

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