Ray joins Scripps legal staff as associate general counsel

Fri, May 12, 2006 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Mary E. Ray, an accomplished attorney with more than 10 years of experience including six in the telecommunications industry, is joining The E. W. Scripps Company’s legal staff as associate general counsel, effective May 18.    Ray’s role at Scripps will include providing counsel on commercial transactions, litigation management, integration of new businesses and employee-benefit matters.   “Throughout her career, Mary Ray has always risen to the top,” said A.B. Cruz, senior vice president and general counsel for Scripps. “She’s an outstanding attorney with extensive law firm and in-house experience in a broad range of areas. We’ll be drawing liberally on her expertise as Scripps continues to evolve into one of the country’s most dynamic and diverse interactive media companies.”   Ray, 37, comes to Scripps from Cincinnati Bell Inc., where she has been corporate counsel since 2000 and assistant corporate secretary since 2005. At Cincinnati Bell, she reported directly to the company’s general counsel and had oversight responsibilities in many of the same areas that she will be supporting at Scripps.   Before Cincinnati Bell, Ray was associated with two Covington, Ky., law firms, first as an attorney at Schletker Hornbeck & Moore from 1995 to 1999, and then as an associate with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald from 1999 to 2000.   Ray earned her law degree at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1995. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and social studies from Northern Kentucky in 1991.   Ray is a member of the Ohio and Kentucky State Bars and the Northern Kentucky Bar Association.   About Scripps   The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) is a diverse and growing media enterprise with interests in national cable networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television stations, electronic commerce, interactive media, and licensing and syndication.   The company’s portfolio of media properties includes: Scripps Networks, with such brands as HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country and HGTVPro; daily and community newspapers in 18 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service; 10 broadcast TV stations, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent; leading online search and comparison shopping services, Shopzilla and uSwitch; United Media, a leading worldwide licensing and syndication company that is the home of PEANUTS, DILBERT and approximately 150 other features and comics; and Shop At Home, which markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers in roughly 57 million U.S. households and online through shopathometv.com.  

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