The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has named Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen J. Adler as its newest chairman.
Adler succeeds David Boardman, dean of the Klein College of Communication at Temple University.
The Reporters Committee also named Margaret Low, senior vice president of The Atlantic and President AtlanticLIVE as vice chair.
“I’m honored to be named chairman of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press,” said Adler in a statement. “The Reporters Committee’s work providing journalists with access to legal representation and support is of critical importance as press freedom increasingly comes under threat. I look forward to continuing my work with RCFP to protect the First Amendment rights of journalists and to expand legal resources available to state and local press across the country.”
Adler is stepping into the role as the Reporters Committee is set to launch a new initiative aimed at expanding its direct legal services to local journalists and news organizations.
Earlier this year, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a $10 million investment toward the initiative as part of a $300 million commitment to rebuilding local news.