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APR 24 | 2023


The Board and staff of the National Trust for Local News are thrilled to announce the appointment of Ross McDuffie as its Chief Portfolio Officer. McDuffie is a seasoned veteran of our industry with 16 years of experience growing productive teams and profitable news organizations.

McDuffie joins the Trust from Lee Enterprises where he served as President of Madison Media Partners. Under his leadership, Lee Enterprises’ local news brands across Wisconsin were top performers in digital and local advertising revenue growth, digital subscribers, event engagement, and video traffic.

McDuffie spent a decade of his career at McClatchy, where he orchestrated the development, launch, and execution of multimillion-dollar digital marketing campaigns and spearheaded fundraising efforts in support of new platforms and programs designed to foster community engagement, support diverse populations, and bolster local journalism.

His experience leading highly innovative teams in times of profound change, engaging with the communities served, bringing philanthropic resources to the table, and growing and diversifying revenue will now be applied to community news outlets at the National Trust for Local News.

As Chief Portfolio Officer at the Trust, Ross will oversee the portfolio of titles owned and operated by the Trust through its state-level trusts for local news and drive national and state-level strategy to ensure the Trust delivers its mission, reaches its desired impact, and meets its commitments to readers, partners, and stakeholders.


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