Assistant Vice President for Communications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
A longtime print and online journalist and manager, Fred coordinates the activities of Foundation communications officers and staff, oversees Web operations, chairs the Foundation’s Editorial Policy Board, and serves on the Program Executive Group which is responsible for the oversight of grantmaking and program strategies.
Before coming to the Foundation, Fred spent 23 years with The Philadelphia Inquirer as features editor, Sunday magazine editor and assistant managing editor. He also created and ran the newspaper’s Web site, Philly.com, one of the first U.S. newspaper online operations. He also served the newspaper’s parent company Knight Ridder as vice president for national programming for the chain’s 28 Web sites.
Prior to working in Philadelphia, he was national editor of the Hartford Courant and a reporter for The Day newspaper of New London, Conn. He also created a syndicated west coast news service that provided coverage to a dozen major papers including the Boston Globe, Newsday, the Miami Herald, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Detroit Free Press. He has reported for TIME magazine and other national journals. And he served as a press secretary in the United States Senate for three years.
Fred has lectured and written on new media ethics for the Poynter Institute and has been a regular speaker at online journalism conferences around the country. He was a founding board member for the Online News Association and formerly served on the board of directors of the Internet Business Alliance and the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Federation. He is a graduate of Stanford University, a happily married father to a blended family of seven children, and still (barely) the third baseman for a baseball team that plays every week from April through November.