The 2020 Golden Mike Goes To …


NEW YORK — The Broadcasters Foundation of America has revealed the recipient of its 2020 Golden Mike Award.

It’s the President/CEO of the television broadcasting company formerly known as Gannett.

That would be TEGNA, and its leader, Dave Lougee.

The award will be presented during a black-tie gala on Wednesday, March 4 at the Plaza Hotel in New York. The annual event is a major fundraiser in support of the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America to provide aid to broadcasters in acute need.

“When devastation strikes one of our colleagues, it’s good to know the Foundation is there to help,” Lougee said. “I’m so very proud of the generosity of the many broadcasters who support and donate to the Broadcasters Foundation, and I am honored to receive their Golden Mike Award.”

“As a member of our Board of Directors, Dave has made a difference in the lives of the many broadcasters the Foundation helps,” said Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “Dave is an exemplary broadcaster, who leads his team in serving their local markets with journalistic integrity. We are proud to honor him.”

In addition to his role overseeing TEGNA, Lougee also serves on the company’s board of directors. Prior to ascending to his current position, Lougee spent 10 years as President of TEGNA Media. During that time, the company acquired Belo Corp. and London Broadcasting, nearly doubling its broadcast portfolio. Previously, he served at Belo as EVP/Media Operations and, prior to that, as SVP/President & GM of TV and cable operations in Seattle. Earlier in his career, Lougee served as VP/News for WRC-4 in Washington, D.C., the NBCUniversal stations O&O. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) and the Broadcasters Foundation of America.

— Renee Cassis

The Broadcasters Foundation of America Golden Mike Award dinner attracts a who’s who of broadcast media executives and celebrities. The presenters and performers for this year’s event will be announced shortly. Previous recipients include Perry Sook, Emily Barr, David Barrett, Michael Bloomberg, Bob Pittman, Gordon Smith, and Jeff Smulyan. For information, or to reserve a seat or table, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or [email protected].