For Immediate Release
October 20, 2010
ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism appoints
Matt Silverman as new member of Endowment Board
The Endowment Board of Trustees at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism has appointed Matt Silverman, managing director of R&R Partners, as a new board member. Silverman oversees advertising, public relations, online strategies and research for R&R’s wide range of integrated accounts. His past accomplishments include a 15-year career as an Emmy Award-winning journalist.
The Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees was created in 1983 to support the Cronkite School. The board is composed of top media leaders from across Phoenix, the nation’s fifth largest city, and from around the Valley. Dean Christopher Callahan calls the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees “the most influential and hardest working board of its type in journalism education.”
“I am humbled to be joining this group, which has such an incredible legacy, and I am looking forward to participating in the wonderful mentor program at the school,” said Silverman.
The Cronkite School, named in honor of the former CBS News anchor, is housed in a $71 million state-of-the-art media complex in downtown Phoenix. It is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s top journalism schools, with programs that include the Carnegie-Knight News21 Journalism Initiative, the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, the New Media Innovation Lab, Cronkite NewsWatch and Cronkite News Service.
Silverman joined R&R after nearly eight years as senior director of communications for the State Bar of Arizona, the largest professional association in the state. As a key adviser to the board of governors, he deftly handled delicate organizational matters, established high-profile messaging for the organization and developed a strategic plan that successfully improved relationships with the organization’s multiple stakeholders.
Deeply rooted in the practice of journalism, Silverman spent the first 15 years of his career as a TV journalist, where he honed his leadership skills and received numerous awards for his news judgment and creativity. As executive producer for ABC-TV affiliate KNXV-TV in Phoenix, he supervised the day-to-day operations of an 80-person news staff, oversaw the investigative unit, election coverage and special projects. His talent was recognized with an Emmy Award, Rocky Mountain Region. He also worked at WCBS-AM, New York, and several other TV stations across the country, earning him recognition for journalism excellence from Associated Press and United Press International.
For more information, contact Liz Smith, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. PH: 602.496-5232 | firstname.lastname@example.org