It’s Official: Carey Succeeds Lake As Media Bureau Chief


The acting is over for Michelle M. Carey.

The FCC has chosen to make the six-year deputy chief of its Media Bureau its official chief, making her the successor to William T. Lake, who exited with the transition in power from President Obama to President Trump and ended a nine-year run in the role.

Carey has been acting chief since Lake’s departure from the Media Bureau.

“As we work to modernize our media rules to match today’s marketplace, we will continue to rely on Michelle’s experience and talent,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who made Carey’s promotion permanent on Thursday (5/25).  “As acting chief, Michelle has already started the agency’s review of its media regulations, advanced the next-generation transmission standard for TV broadcasters, worked to revitalize AM Radio services, and eased burdens on noncommercial broadcasters.  I am very pleased she has agreed to continue this work as bureau chief.”

Before becoming deputy chief of the Media Bureau, Carey served as a senior advisor to the assistant secretary at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), in the Department of Commerce.

CCarey was also a senior legal advisor under FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin and previously held senior leadership positions in the agency’s Wireline Competition Bureau.