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January 26, 2005
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NAB Education Foundation Announces Major Gift from McCormick Tribune Foundation

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) has been awarded $50,000 from the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation to support the Making News Seminar as well as fellowships for women and people of color for two of NABEF's programs. This grant will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the National Association of Broadcasters.

Funding will allow NABEF to continue to provide the Making News Seminar: Broadcast Journalism for the Non-News Executive through 2006. This gift will also allow NABEF to offer for the first time, eight fellowships for women and people of color to attend this program. In addition, eight fellowships will be offered for radio executives who are people of color or women to attend NAB's Executive Development Program for Radio Broadcasters, held July 16 - 19 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

"NAB's executive management programs provide a valuable service to broadcast executives," said NAB President and CEO Edward O. Fritts. "The McCormick Tribune Foundation and NAB share a strong commitment to enhancing opportunities for people of color and women in the broadcast industry."

"Diversity in the media is a core mission of our journalism program," said Richard A. Behrenhausen, president and chief executive officer of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. "We are pleased to support programs that strengthen the ability of broadcast journalism to inform and serve the American public."

The Making News Seminar was created in 1999 in conjunction with the McCormick Tribune Foundation to give new general managers and group executives a better understanding and appreciation of the news department. For more information or to apply, visit www.nabef.org.

The NABEF Professional Fellowship Program was established in 1998 in partnership with the McCormick Tribune Foundation to provide management training for radio and television broadcasters of demonstrated ability who show promise for future advancement in the industry. For more information or to apply, visit www.nabef.org.

The McCormick Tribune Foundation is one of the nation's largest charitable organizations, with current combined assets of close to $2 billion. The Foundation invests in communities, addresses human needs and promotes the ideals of a democratic society through innovative partnerships in four program areas: communities, education, journalism and citizenship. The foundation, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2005, was established as a charitable trust upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune and founder of WGN radio and television. For more information, visit www.mccormicktribune.org.

The NAB Education Foundation is dedicated to the training and enhancement of the nation's broadcasting community. NABEF develops and supports educational programs and outreach initiatives designed to provide information on topical issues, increase diversity, highlight community service and promote philanthropy.

The National Association of Broadcasters is a full-service trade association that promotes and protects free, over-the-air local radio and television stations' interests in Washington and around the world. NAB is the broadcaster's voice before Congress, federal agencies, and the courts. NAB also serves a growing number of associate and international broadcaster members. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.

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