Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism
2013 Fellow Glenda Ortega’s fellowship was sponsored by the Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism. The Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies was established by a generous gift from Lee and Tina Hills. Lee Hills attended the Missouri School of Journalism from 1927 to 1929. In his long career, Hills worked as a reporter, foreign correspondent, news editor, editorial writer, editor, managing editor, executive editor, publisher and CEO of two major newspapers, the Detroit Free Press and The Miami Herald. He was also the first chairman and CEO of Knight-Ridder Newspapers. In endowing the chair, Mr. Hills said its goal is to increase ordinary citizens’ understanding of the value of free expression to democratic societies. “The emphasis on good journalism should be on serving citizens, not on serving newspaper or TV. People have to know what is going on if they want to govern themselves.”
Glenda will be hosted by the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, MO and coordinated through Amy McCombs the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies. Amy spent the majority of her career in media with executive management responsibilities at both the Chronicle Publishing Company in San Francisco and the Broadcast Division of the Washington Post Company. She was the president and CEO of Chronicle Broadcasting with properties in San Francisco, Omaha and Kansas.