Aug 11, 2010

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Washington, D.C. — Organizational changes were announced Aug. 11 for the Freedom Forum and its affiliates by Charles L. Overby, chairman and chief executive officer.

Kenneth A. Paulson, former president of the Freedom Forum and Newseum, was named president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn., where he previously served as executive director.

Jack Marsh, vice president of the Diversity Institute, was named president and chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute. Before joining the Freedom Forum in 1998, Marsh had been executive editor of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The following Newseum executives have been promoted to senior vice president:

Susan Bennett, vice president of exhibits, programs and media relations, and deputy director. Before joining the Freedom Forum in 1999, Bennett was a veteran news reporter and editor, covering foreign affairs, national politics and Congress.

Pam Galloway-Tabb, vice president of conferences and special services. A graduate of Marshall University in West Virginia, Galloway-Tabb previously worked as a manager for Gannett Co.

Paul Sparrow, vice president of broadcast and deputy director. Sparrow, a veteran television producer, came to the Newseum in 1999 from the Discovery Channel where he was a senior producer for the Eco-challenge miniseries.

James Thompson, vice president of operations and deputy director. Prior to joining the Newseum, Thompson managed security at the National Gallery of Art and served 20 years in the Air Force.

Jim Updike, vice president of technology and deputy director. Updike has 20 years of broadcast experience, including 16 years with NBC's news division.

"These changes strengthen the entire management team and reflect the good work that has been done to promote our priorities of the Newseum, the First Amendment and diversity in newsrooms," Overby said.

The Freedom Forum, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonpartisan foundation that champions the First Amendment as a cornerstone of democracy. The Freedom Forum is the main funder of the operations of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the First Amendment Center and the Diversity Institute.

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