The People Who Run Major News Organizations and Most-Read Magazines: How Many Are White?

From a New York Times feature headlined “Faces of Power: 80% Are White, Even as U.S. Becomes More Diverse”:

The most powerful people in the United States pass our laws, run Hollywood’s studios and head the most prestigious universities. They own pro sports teams and determine who goes to jail and who goes to war.

A review by The New York Times of more than 900 officials and executives in prominent positions found that about 20 percent identify as Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, multiracial or otherwise a person of color. About 40 percent of Americans identify with one of those groups.

Even where there have been signs of progress, greater diversity has not always translated to more equal treatment. . . .

15 people direct major news organizations. 3* are Black or Hispanic.

James Goldston, ABC News
Susan Zirinsky, CBS News
Jeff Zucker, CNN
Randall Lane, Forbes
Suzanne Scott, Fox News
Alexandra Wallace, HuffPost/Yahoo
Nicholas Carlson, Insider
Norman Pearlstine, Los Angeles Times
Phil Griffin, MSNBC
Stephen Lynch, New York Post
Matthew Murray, The Wall Street Journal
Martin Baron, The Washington Post
Cesaar Conde, NBC News*
Dean Baquet, The New York Times*
Maribel Perez Wadsworth, USA Today/Gannett*

The people who edit the 10 most-read magazines are all white.

Robert Love, AARP The Magazine
Dan Wakeford, People
Stephen Orr, Better Homes and Gardens
Susan Goldberg, National Geographic
Stephen Cannella, Sports Illustrated
Ryan Hunt, Sports Illustrated
Jane Francisco, Good Housekeeping
Bruce Kelley, Reader’s Digest
Edward Felsenthal, Time
Sid Evans, Southern Living
Malle Carpenter, Food Network Magazine

25 people run the top TV networks and Hollywood studios. 3 are Black or Hispanic.

The 5 people who have the most influence in book publishing are all white.

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