Emily L. Barr, President and CEO of Graham Media Group, Retires; Catherine Badalamente appointed to succeed the bar


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ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Emily L. Barr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Graham Media Group, the local media division of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE:GHC), announced that she will step down from the position later This year. Catherine Badalamente was named his successor.

Timothy J. O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director of Graham Holdings Company, said, “Emily’s leadership has been critical to the company’s success. Graham Media Group continued its tenure as a premier operator, and Emily led the organization to numerous awards and record revenues. His deep commitment to the communities we serve is unparalleled. But perhaps the greatest element of her legacy is the excellence of the team she has built, as evidenced by her successor, Catherine Badalamente. On behalf of everyone at Graham Holdings, I would like to thank Emily for her decade of service to the company.

Badalamente joined Graham Media Group (formerly Post-Newsweek Stations) in 2000. She has held several senior positions, leading the organization’s digital efforts since 2009; most recently as Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer.

Graham Media Group and Graham Digital have received numerous awards under Badalamente’s stewardship, recognizing the organization for its excellence in producing digital, podcast and local news. Under his leadership, the company has been at the forefront of developing NextGen TV monetization strategies and models for digital and broadcast.

An industry thought leader and award-winning presenter, Badalamente is active in several industry forums, including serving as Chairman of the Board of the Local Media Association, Treasurer of the Board of the Local Media Foundation and Past Chair of the National Association of Broadcasters Digital Executives Committee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from John Carroll University.

O’Shaughnessy said: “I couldn’t be happier to name Catherine the new CEO of Graham Media Group. Catherine has helped GMG stay ahead of the game in a rapidly changing industry, including her leadership in growing each of our digital news sites to have Comscore ranked #1 in their local markets. As the next generation of Graham Media Group unfolds, we have a next generation leader to help steer the ship.

Barr joined Graham Media Group, then Post-Newsweek Stations, in 2012. Under his leadership, she transformed the organization from a broadcast-based model into seven local media centers – each in one of 71 major markets, representing just under 7% coverage in the US TV stations, web and mobile platforms are recognized as news leaders across the media spectrum. During his tenure, Graham Media Group acquired Social News Desk, a leading provider of social media software used by thousands of newsrooms around the world. Barr is also responsible for creating digital graham, a Detroit-based technology and digital media development group.

Graham Media Group was awarded Broadcaster of the Year 2021 by TV News Check, Station Group of the Year 2016 by Broadcasting and Cable Magazine, and received numerous accolades during Barr’s tenure.

In 2020, Barr received Broadcasting & Cable magazine’s Broadcaster of the Year award; and, later this spring, she will be inducted into the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame. Honored for her civic involvement, Barr is also the recipient of the 2018 Golden Mike Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America and was inducted into the 2016 Silver Circle of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She was also awarded the 2014 Vincent T. Wasilewski Broadcaster of the Year Award by the Illinois Broadcasters Association. Most recently, Barr was elected to the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation’s Class of 2021 of Broadcasting and Electronic Arts Giants.

Graham Media Group (GMG)

Graham Media Group is the local media division of Graham Holdings Company, a diversified conglomerate. GMG owns KPRC-Houston (NBC); WDIV-Detroit (NBC); WKMG-Orlando (CBS); KSAT-San Antonio (ABC); a duopoly in Jacksonville: WJXT (Fully Local) and WCWJ (CW); and, WSLS-Roanoke (NBC). The company also owns digital graham, a Detroit-based, Atlanta-based technology and digital media development group Social News Bureau, a leading provider of social media management tools designed to connect newsrooms with their users.

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