Board of Directors
President and Chief Executive Officer - The Associated Press
Gary Pruitt is the 13th person to lead The Associated Press since its founding in 1846. Pruitt was named president and chief executive officer of the Associated Press in April 2012. He had also served three terms on the AP board of directors, including as vice chairman.
As chairman, president and CEO of The McClatchy Company, Pruitt was the leader of the third largest newspaper company in the United States. During his tenure, McClatchy’s operations included 30 daily newspapers, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald and The Sacramento Bee. A First Amendment lawyer by training, Pruitt steered McClatchy toward financial diversification and oversaw robust growth of digital revenue.
A former chairman of the Newspaper Association of America, Pruitt attended the University of Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. He concurrently attended graduate school and law school at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a master’s degree in public policy and a juris doctor.
Co-President and COO - Fox Sports Media Group
Eric Shanks is Co-President and COO of the FOX Sports Media Group. Mr. Shanks oversees all entities within the Group, including FOX Soccer, SPEED, FOX Deportes, FUEL TV, FOXSports.com and all digital ventures, as well as FOX Sports’ relationship with The Big Ten Network. A six-time Emmy Award-winner, Mr. Shanks holds the day-to-day responsibilities of the FOX Sports broadcast network, including programming, production, field and studio operations, marketing, promotion, communications, business and legal affairs. He also oversees all aspects of FOX Sports’ television investments and partnerships. In addition, he spearheads the division’s strategy of pursuing major event programming to insure FOX Sports’ position as a premier network sports broadcaster.
Previously, Mr. Shanks served as executive vice president of DIRECTV Entertainment. Prior to joining DIRECTV, he served as a producer at FOX Sports and as vice president of Enhanced Programming for FOX Television Networks.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - The Associated Press
Ken Dale was named senior vice president and chief financial officer in 2004. He was previously vice president for Global Business, overseeing AP Ad Management Services and the financial side of new business opportunities.
Mr. Dale joined the AP in 2000 as deputy director of Business Development, after 21 years at J.P. Morgan advising media clients on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Mr. Dale holds an MBA in finance from New York University.
FOX Networks Group
Gary Ehrlich is Executive Vice President, FOX Sports Networks where he oversees FOX College Sports and a number of strategic initiatives for FSN’s family of regional sports networks. Mr. Ehrlich previously was Executive Vice President, FOX Sports Enterprises (FSE) which also encompassed Fox Sports' interest in several ventures such as STATS, Inc., Fox Sports Radio, Fox Sports Grills, Fox Sport Sky Boxes, the BCS Bowls Licensing and Digital distribution joint venture, Fox Sports Licensing and Merchandising, and numerous other brand extensions.
FSE included Fox Sports Baseball Holdings and various Joint Ventures in partnership with Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). FSE was responsible for Fox' ownership stakes in various team and venue assets such as the Los Angeles Dodgers/Dodgertown, Madison Square Garden/New York Knicks/New York Rangers (in partnership with Cablevision), Staples Center/Toyota Sports Center/LA Live Sports Entertainment District/O2 Dome (in conjunction with AEG) and a minority interest in the Colorado Rockies.
Mr. Ehrlich was previously Senior Vice President, Studio Operations for Fox Filmed Entertainment.
Mr. Ehrlich holds a BS degree in Broadcasting from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida and an MBA from California State University, Northridge.