The Poynter Institute Names Development Director

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Former journalist and Corporation for Public Broadcasting executive, Ann W. Madsen, will lead development efforts at The Poynter Institute.

The appointment of Ann Madsen as development director signals a new era for Poynter as we evolve with the news industry

The Poynter Institute, one of the nation's top schools for professional journalists and media leaders, has announced the appointment of Ann W. Madsen of Manlius, N.Y., as director of development. In this capacity, Madsen will serve as the chief development officer for the school. She reports to the institute's president, Dr. Karen B. Dunlap, and Butch Ward, managing director.

"The appointment of Ann Madsen as development director signals a new era for Poynter as we evolve with the news industry," said Dr. Dunlap. "Ann's experience across academic, corporate and nonprofit sectors is the ideal fit for our mission and financial needs."

Madsen, who spent a decade as a working journalist, was most recently vice president of corporate advancement at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Central New York. She'll help carry forward the vision of Nelson Poynter, who as chairman of the St. Petersburg Times, founded the Institute in 1975. Major funding for the Institute comes from Times dividends, an investment account and program tuition, as well as grants and individual contributions. Madsen will seek to advance the development program, now in its fifth year. She will focus on major gifts.

Poynter believed journalism was a "sacred trust and a great privilege" and that journalism and democracy are best served under local, independent media ownership. Today, the Institute provides on-site and online training to thousands of journalists, media leaders, educators and citizens every year.

A graduate of Trinity College in Burlington, Vt., Madsen began her career as a reporter for the Syracuse Newspapers. She went on to work in editorial capacities at two other New York newspapers and was one of the first women appointed an editor for the Gannett Group's Observer-Dispatch in Utica, N.Y. Her career transitioned from journalism to public relations and marketing and eventually led to senior-level positions in fund development. She was director of marketing for Mutual of New York's Health Insurance Division, associate vice president of Institutional Advancement at Cazenovia College and chief advancement officer for the largest human services agency in Syracuse. Before moving to Florida, she served as interim executive director for Cornell University's cooperative extension operation in Onondaga County.

Madsen has been the recipient of numerous national awards for marketing and communications. She is the recipient of multiple honors for community service.

About The Poynter Institute
Founded in 1975 in St. Petersburg, Fla., The Poynter Institute ( is one of the nation's top schools for professional journalists, future journalists and journalism teachers. Poynter offers training throughout the year in the areas of online and multimedia, leadership and management, reporting, writing and editing, TV and radio, ethics and diversity, journalism education and visual journalism. Poynter's News University ( offers newsroom training to journalists and journalism students through interactive e-learning modules and links to other journalism education and training opportunities. Poynter Online ( is the industry's daily destination for news and conversation about journalism.


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