Scripps Howard Foundation names new director of community investments

Fri, January 23, 2015 by Carolyn Micheli

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Fri, January 23, 2015

CINCINNATI – The Scripps Howard Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP), has named Lee Rose as its director of community investments effective Feb. 16. She will be responsible for the direction and development of the Foundation’s Greater Cincinnati Fund.

Rose has experience in management and communication as well as a commitment to community service in Northern Kentucky. She will develop and implement the strategic plans for the funds and strengthen relationships with not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region.

“Lee has established herself as a strong leader, and she has unique talents in her abilities to build lasting relationships,” said Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. “That delicate balance between business acumen and genuine concern for the Foundation’s community programs will be of great benefit to both the Foundation and the worthwhile programs it supports.”

Rose will take on many of the responsibilities from Patty Cottingham who is retiring from the Foundation after a career that spanned nearly 20 years of helping others with the Foundation and 18 years with Scripps at the Cincinnati Post and Kentucky Post. Cottingham’s last day is Feb. 2.

Rose transitions to the Foundation after nearly seven years with Scripps. She started with the company in 2008 in corporate communications and now serves as director of human resources. Prior to Scripps, Rose was the director of communication for National Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation. From 2001-2005, she worked in communications for Fifth Third Bank.

She earned a Master of Science in management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2006 and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a speech communication minor from Northern Kentucky University in 1996.

Rose serves on the Northern Kentucky University Foundation Board and the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati Board. She also volunteers for Kids Vote Northern Kentucky. She also spent a great deal of time serving the NKU Alumni Council and St. Luke Community Foundation’s Fall Gala Committee.

*About Scripps Howard Foundation * Dedicated to excellence in journalism, Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment causes. With a special commitment to the regions where Scripps does business, the Foundation helps build healthy communities and improve the quality of life through support of sound educational programs, strong families, vital social services, enriching arts and culture and inclusive civic affairs.

About Scripps The E.W. Scripps Company ( serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of media brands. Last July, Scripps announced a deal with Journal Communications to merge its 21 local television stations with Journal’s 13 television stations and 34 radio stations, which will make Scripps the nation’s fifth-largest broadcasting group. The two companies also agreed to spin off their combined newspaper interests to form a new publicly traded company, to be called Journal Media Group. Scripps runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses, including mobile video news service Newsy and weather app developer Weathersphere. Scripps also produces television shows including The List and Let’s Ask America, runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and serves as the long-time steward of the nation’s largest, most successful and longest-running educational program, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1879, Scripps’ motto is “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

Contact Carolyn Micheli, The E. W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3732

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