Monday, 1 September 2008

William R. Burleigh

William R. Burleigh - Chairman and CEO of E.W. Scripps; National Review Board Member

William R Burleigh

Chairman of the Board/Director at
E.W. Scripps Company
Cincinnati, Ohio
Director since 1990 Financial data from Hemscott

71 years old

Chairman of the Company since May 1999. Chief Executive Officer from May 1996 to September 2000, President from August 1994 to January 2000, Chief Operating Officer from May 1994 to May 1996, Executive Vice President from March 1990 through May 1994 and Senior Vice President/Newspapers and Publishing from September 1986 to March 1990.
THE MEDIA BUSINESS; A New Head For Scripps

Published: August 22, 1994

The E. W. Scripps Company said last week that Lawrence Leser had been named chairman, succeeding Charles E. Scripps, who is retiring.

Mr. Leser, 59, has been the company's president and chief executive since 1985. William Burleigh, chief operating officer, will succeed Mr. Leser as president. Mr. Burleigh, 58, has been executive vice president since 1990.

Mr. Scripps, 74, will become chairman of the board's executive committee. He is also chairman of the trustees of the Edward W. Scripps Trust, the company's controlling shareholder.

Mr. Scripps began his career in 1941 as a reporter for The Cleveland Press, the first newspaper founded by his grandfather.

E. W. Scripps runs 19 daily newspapers and 9 large-market television stations, as well as cable systems with 716,000 subscribers. Its holdings include United Media, a syndicator of news features; Scripps Howard Products, and Cinetel Productions, creators of television programming

Catholic Bishops Release Audit Report On Abuse Policies

(L-R) William Gavin, head of the audit firm Gavin Group of Boston; Kathleen McChesney, head of the bishops' watchdog Office of Child and Youth Protection; Bishop Wilton Gregory and William Burleigh, a member of the National Review Board, a panel of lay Catholics, present an audit of 195 U.S. dioceses performed to assess compliance with the 'Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,' adopted by the Catholic bishops at their meeting in Dallas in June 2002, during a news conference January 6, 2004, in Washington, DC. Policies in the charter require that all abusive priests be removed, set new guidelines for handling allegations and mandate safe-environment programs to prevent abuse. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Since it was created by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops last June as a lay-based review body, board members have met nine times in various cities around the country. “We have spent hundreds of hours and done tons and tons of work on the issues of priest abuse,” said board member Anne Burke, a justice of the Illinois Court of Appeals. “And almost everywhere we’ve gone, the local bishops have been so thoughtful and worked very hard to portray themselves as cooperating with us. They’ve said Mass for us and met with us.” Burke said she could not understand the apparent lack of hospitality on the part of Egan.

Last September Pamela Hayes wrote to Egan notifying him of the New York meeting. She received a warm reply, she said, in which the cardinal said details of his involvement could be worked out later. Meanwhile, Justice Burke, who is a Dame of Malta, along with another board member who is a knight, invited all 13 board members to gather for the dinner to be held the evening of Jan. 17, just after the conclusion of the board’s own meeting. The knights’ annual white-tie gala at the Waldorf-Astoria, regularly draws 800 to 1,000 attendees with tickets at $250 a person. Burke said she and the other Malta members intended to host the full board. Besides Burke, the Malta members on the national review board are William Burleigh, chair and former CEO of E.W. Scripps; Raymond Siegfried, CEO of the NORDAM Group; and Dr. Paul McHugh, head of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. When Burke met Egan at the bishops’ conference in November, she told him of the plans.

Weeks later as the full board was meeting in Covington, Ky., they received a conference call from a high level member of the bishops’ conference, whose name they declined to divulge. He stated that Egan did not want non-knights attending the dinner. The presence of the full board, he said, might cause controversy and might take attention away from the knights’ good works. The spokesman also relayed word that Egan did not want McChesney speaking in New York, though no reason was reportedly given for this order.
The review board meeting coincided with a dinner for the Knights of Malta, an elite organization of Catholic lay persons active in the church. Review board members Anne Burke, Ray Siegfried, Bill Burleigh and Paul McHugh were Malta members.
by William Burleigh (Proof Positive)

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