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Mark Contreras was named President and CEO of Connecticut Public Broadcasting, the public media company serving the state of Connecticut in March 2019. It operates as the statewide affiliate organization for NPR and PBS. Contreras most recently served as Dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. He was previously CEO of Calkins Media Incorporated, a family-owned television broadcasting, newspaper publishing, and digital media company with operations in the eastern and southern United States. He also serves as a board member and Chairman of the Compensation, Governance and Board Development Committee of Woodward Communications, Inc, an ESOP-owned company in DuBuque, IA and a board member of GFR Media, the largest media company in Puerto Rico. Prior to joining Calkins in late 2011, he was the head of the Scripps newspaper division (senior vice president newspapers) from 2006 to 2011. Before Scripps, he served five years as senior vice president of Pulitzer, Inc. and oversaw more than 13 daily newspapers from Illinois to Hawaii, including Pulitzer's 50 percent interest in the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. Mark spent more than a decade with Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. prior to its sale to the Walt Disney Company in the late 1990s. He was previously president and publisher of The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Prior to The Times Leader, he spent five years in advertising and circulation leadership positions at The Kansas City Star. He began his newspaper career as marketing services manager for The Oakland Press in Pontiac, Michigan. Mark earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in history from the University of Chicago. He developed his interest in public-service journalism from his work with former US senator Paul Simon (D-IL), for whom he served as a legislative assistant on the US Senate Judiciary Committee. He has completed the advanced executive program at Northwestern University's Media Management Center. From 2010 to 2011, he served as chairman of the Newspaper Association of America, the newspaper industry's primary trade organization. Mark is former chairman of The American Press Institute. He currently serves on the board of The Groundtruth Project/Report for America and 50X2026.org. He is a 1998 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.