Scripps names Boehne executive vice president
Fri, February 26, 1999 by Mark Kroeger
CINCINNATI – The E.W. Scripps Company announced today that Richard A. Boehne has been elected executive vice president of the company.He will oversee the daily operation of Scripps operating divisions and will be responsible for spearheading strategic initiatives. He will report to President and CEO William R. Burleigh.Boehne, 42, has been vice president for corporate communications and investor relations since 1995. He will continue to oversee the company’s investor relations functions until a successor or successors are named, according to Burleigh.“We have found in Rich Boehne a highly talented executive whose performance has marked him as a leader for the future,” Burleigh said. “He has excelled in every position entrusted to him at Scripps, starting as a business reporter for The Cincinnati Post. As head of investor relations, he has earned the respect of the investment community and is seen as one of the top people in his field.”Boehne joined Scripps corporate staff in 1988 as manager of corporate communications, just prior to the company’s initial public stock offering. He was promoted to director of corporate communications and investor relations in 1989. He has been responsible for all external and internal communications and is a member of the corporation’s long-range planning group.“I’m honored by the opportunity to play such a pivotal role in shaping this company,” Boehne said. “The stunning pace of change in the media business means we are being barraged with both threats and opportunities. Scripps is in the right place at the right time to build value for shareholders through the innovative spirit that has guided the company for more than 120 years.” Before moving to headquarters, he was a business reporter and editor at The Cincinnati Post, a Scripps newspaper, where he spent four years covering Wall Street and national economic trends. He also held various management positions at community newspapers in suburban Cincinnati before joining The Post. Boehne received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Kentucky University in 1981, and in 1996 received the university’s annual Professional Achievement Award. He and his wife, Lisa Graybeal Boehne, and their sons, Luke and Jacob, live in Fort Thomas, Ky.He is active in numerous professional organizations, including the National Investor Relations Institute. Locally, he is a member of YMCA Camp Ernst’s management committee, a trustee of the Baptist Convalescent Centers of Northern Kentucky and a Sunday school teacher at Highland Hills Baptist church in Fort Thomas.The E.W. Scripps Company operates 19 daily newspapers; nine network-affiliated television stations; two TV networks, Home & Garden Television and the Food Network; a TV programmer, Scripps Productions; United Media, a worldwide syndicator and licensor of news features and comics; the Scripps Howard News Service; and publishes independent Yellow Pages directories.