The Stars and Stripes’ Publisher’s Advisory Board is an independent board of seven current and former journalists and publishers appointed by the Stars and Stripes’ publisher. Because Stars and Stripes cannot approach members of Congress directly about its funding, its Publisher’s Advisory Board does so on its behalf.

Publisher’s Advisory Board Members

Reid MacCluggage

Reid MacCluggage

Board Chair

Reid MacCluggage is the retired president, publisher and editor of The Day Publishing Company in New London, Connecticut, and former managing editor of the Hartford Courant. He has served on the Publisher’s Advisory Board since its inception. MacCluggage took part in the Defense Department’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference in the 1990s.

Linda Grist Cunningham

Linda Grist Cunningham

Board member

Linda Grist Cunningham is proprietor and editor of Key West Island News and KeyWestWatch Media. She is a columnist for the Key West Citizen and writes for Key West Island News. She is a legacy newspaper editor and publishing executive with more than 40 years of professional experience.

Dave Mazzarella

Dave Mazzarella

Board Member

Early in his his 40-year journalistic career David Mazzarella was a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, reporting from Rome and southern Europe. He is the former top editor of four daily newspapers, including USA Today and Stars and Stripes, and also served as ombudsman for the latter.

Bob Giles

Bob Giles

Board Member

Robert H. Giles was curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University from 2000 until 2011. He came to Harvard after a newspaper career of nearly 40 years that included editorships at The Detroit News, Times-Union and Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, NY and the Akron Beacon Journal. Giles shared in the Pulitzer Prize for his role in directing the Beacon Journal’s coverage of the campus shootings at Kent State University in 1970. Giles is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of a recently published book “When Truth Mattered: The Kent State Shootings 50 years Later.

Rufus Friday

Rufus Friday

Board Member

Rufus M. Friday is a 33+ year news and information media veteran. Currently he is serving as the Special Assistant to the President of the Kentucky Community and Technical College system, the largest provider of postsecondary online and workforce education in Kentucky.
Rufus also currently serves in the community on the board of directors for: the University of Kentucky- College of Communication and Information’s National Advisory Board, the Hope Center of Lexington, the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation, and the Muhammad Ali Center board in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Jim Daubel

Jim Daubel

Board Member

James F. Daubel retired in 2004 as president and publisher of the News Messenger, Fremont, OH, where he began in 1972 as executive editor. He is a former president of the Associated Press Managing Editors and was a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Newspaper Association of America. His extensive community service background, includes The Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy board of trustees.

Tom Kelsch

Tom Kelsch

Board Member

Retired after a life-long career in journalism. Editor of Stars and Stripes, 1996 – 1999. Publisher of Stripes 1999 – 2007. Supervises the uniting of the Pacific and European Stars and Stripes into one paper centered in Washington. Retirement interests: Grandchildren who live across the street and leading tours to Italy.

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Ernie Gates

Ernie Gates

Ombudsman

Ernie Gates began a second term as Stars and Stripes ombudsman in June 2019, having also held the position 2012-2016.

The ombudsman is the autonomous watchdog of Stars and Stripes’ editorial independence and monitor of the newsroom’s performance according to principles of journalistic ethics.

A journalist for more than three decades, he has been a reporter, editor and news executive, including 10 years leading newsroom of the Daily Press in Hampton Roads, Va., where news for and about service members, families and veterans is a key focus.

He lives in Williamsburg, Va.
Ernie Gates can be reached at ombudsman@stripes.com or (202) 886-0003.

Max Lederer

Max Lederer

Publisher

In 2007 Max Lederer became the second full-time Publisher of Stars and Stripes worldwide. As the publisher he is responsible for the worldwide business and editorial operations of the storied Stars and Stripes.

Lederer was commissioned as an airborne qualified distinguished military graduate with the Army through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Marshall University in 1982. Prior to starting his military career he earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond in 1985 and is licensed to practice law by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was selected for the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1986.

Lederer completed his active military service in 1992. That same month, he accepted the position of General Counsel at European Stars and Stripes (ES&S). He has served in multiple positions for Stars and Stripes.