Two in broadcast community get White House appointments


Julius GenachowskiRon Walter is President/GM for Tribune’s WREG-TV in Memphis – and now he’ll have additional responsibilities thanks to President Barack Obama. And former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has also received a White House appointment.

Walter was named a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

Genachowski wasa named Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

The White House released the following biographies of the two nominees.

Ronald Walter, Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority
Ronald Walter is currently the President and General Manager of WREG-TV, a position he has held since 2004.  Mr. Walter has served in a variety of positions at WREG-TV since 1987.  He was Executive Vice President/Station Manager from 1994 to 2004, concurrently serving as Vice President of Government and Cable Relations for the New York Times Broadcast Group, WREG-TV’s former parent company from 2001 to 2004.  He served as Vice President and Station Manager from 1991 to 1994, Vice President of Government and Public Relations from 1989 to 1990, and Director of Marketing, Production and Client Services from 1987 to 1989.  Mr. Walter was Vice President of Customer Relations for the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division from 1982 to 1987.  From 1980 to 1982, he served as Assistant to the President at Memphis Light, Gas and Water.  Mr. Walter received a B.A. from Clark University and an M.S.L.S. from Case Western Reserve University.

Julius Genachowski, Appointee for Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board
Julius Genachowski is a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group.  Mr. Genachowski was Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2009 to 2013.  Previously, he held a number of roles in the private sector, including as a senior executive at IAC/InterActiveCorp, special advisor at General Atlantic, and a member of the boards of directors of several public and private companies.  Earlier in his career, he served as Chief Counsel to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and before that, as a Law Clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter.  Mr. Genachowski worked on the staff of then U.S. Representative Charles E. Schumer, as well as for the House Select Committee Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair.  He has taught a joint class at Harvard Business and Law Schools and was a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute.  Mr. Genachowski received a B.A. from Columbia College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.