Scripps Howard Foundation names Cottingham, Porter to VP posts

Tue, March 29, 2005 by Judy Clabes

CINCINNATI – The Scripps Howard Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The E. W. Scripps Company, has named Patty Cottingham and Susan J. Porter to newly-created positions as vice presidents. Cottingham, who has served as executive director of the Foundation since 1996, has been named vice president/administration. Porter has been named vice president/programs. She previously was editor of Scripps Howard News, The E. W. Scripps Company’s employee magazine. Porter has been a trustee of the Foundation since 1985. “These strategic appointments will allow the Foundation to continue on its path of growth and influence in journalism and communications,” said Judith G. Clabes, president and chief executive officer of the Foundation. “The combined experiences and talent represented by Patty Cottingham and Sue Porter will bring new energy and perspective that will translate to enhanced service to all of our constituencies -- in journalism, in our communities and within the company.”Alan M. Horton, chairman of the Foundation’s board, said, “The addition of a strong program leader and the promotion of its executive director will allow the Foundation to do more, not only to sustain the growing number of worthy causes it already supports but to expand its good work.”Cottingham, 52, has been associated with Scripps for all but four years of her 32-year career as a newspaper and charitable foundation business administrator. She joined Scripps in 1973 as a bookkeeper in The Cincinnati Post’s classified advertising department. Immediately before joining the Foundation as executive director, she was executive assistant at The Kentucky Post, where she was responsible for the editorial department’s business operations and the newspaper’s community promotional programs.Cottingham has a bachelor’s degree in information systems from the University of Cincinnati. She is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, American Red Cross, the Amber Johnson Memorial Golf Outing and Long-Term, Short-Term Bowling, an organization for adults with physical and mental challenges.Porter, 54, has been editor of Scripps Howard News since 1980. The magazine, which is distributed to the company’s 10,000 employees nationwide, is a perennial award winner, including winning the Apex Award for Publication Excellence in 2003 and 2004.Porter began her 36-year career in journalism as a reporter at The Crescent-News in Defiance, Ohio. She joined Scripps in 1976 as a reporter at The Cincinnati Post and in 1978 was named editor of the newspaper’s Valley Post edition. She joined the corporate communications staff at Scripps two years later. Porter is the immediate past president of the national Society of Professional Journalists Foundation and continues to serve on the organization’s board of directors. She has served two terms as president of the Greater Cincinnati International Association of Business Communicators. She also serves on the advisory board at the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and is a member of the Tri-State Student Journalists Association board of directors.In 2002, Porter received the Scripps Howard Foundation’s William R. Burleigh Award for Distinguished Community Service, largely for her work with Inter-Parish Ministry, an ecumenical non-profit organization that provides assistance to the working poor of eastern Hamilton County and Clermont County. She continues to serve on the organization’s board of directors. Porter attended Defiance (Ohio) College and the University of Cincinnati.Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minorityrecruitment/development and First Amendment causes.

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