Katherine Barnett Chair Announcement

Emma Bowen Foundation Announces New Board Chair


Contact: Ayia Gospodinova, Director of Business Development, Emma Bowen Foundation, [email protected]

Emma Bowen Foundation Announces New Board Chair

New York, NY (April 1, 2021)—The Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF), which recruits talented students of color and places them in paid internships at some of the country’s largest media, entertainment and technology companies, today announced the appointment of Hearst Television executive Katherine Barnett as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors.

Barnett—who as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Hearst Television oversees the company’s recruitment, personnel management and employee relations—brings 20 years of experience to her new role as board chair. She replaces Comcast executive Bill Strahan and is the second woman to serve in the position in EBF’s more than 30-year history.

“Katherine understands the importance of diverse voices at the table where decisions are being made,” says Nikki Bethel, EBF president and CEO. “We are thrilled to have her expertise at our table.”

Also newly elected to the Board of Directors is John Singleton Jr., Vice President of Video Operations at Spectrum. Niija Kuykendall, Senior Vice President of Film Production at Warner Bros., will continue to serve as the board’s vice chair.

In addition to these board appointments, EBF has announced several new partners: Financial Times, Lionsgate, NFL, Patriot Media, and Quincy Media. They are joining the foundation’s growing network of 75-plus corporate and nonprofit partners. 

Go to emmabowenfoundation.org to learn more including programs, impact and partners.

About the Emma Bowen Foundation

The Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF) was founded in 1989 to diversify the media industry by giving talented students of color the opportunity to intern at some of the nation’s leading media companies. During its history, the Foundation has provided internships for more than 1,000 students of color. None of this would have been possible without the passion and dedication of the Foundation’s three founders—Emma L. Bowen, Rev. Dr. Everett Parker, and Dan Burke —and their shared commitment to diversifying the media industry and providing career opportunities for young people of color. To fully impact the industry, EBF reaches all essential functions in front of and behind the cameras—the Content of Media (journalism and production), the Business of Media (sales, research, human resources and other behind-the-scenes business careers), and the Innovation of Media (social media, engineering, new technology, big data). Go to emmabowenfoundation.org to learn more about the foundation’s program areas.


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