Board Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Rich Boehne, 61, is chairman of the board, president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company.
Scripps, a news industry pioneer, today is a leading builder of journalism businesses for digital-age consumers. Under Rich's leadership, the company's strategy is built upon a deep commitment to public service, best captured through the company's well-known motto: "Give light and the people will find their own way."
In its current configuration, Scripps is among the nation’s largest operators of local television stations and local digital news brands. It’s a producer of TV programming and owner of a growing portfolio of national digital brands.
The company’s millennial-focused Newsy is among the fastest-growing news networks across both over-the-top and linear television. The company’s investments in this emerging brand were recognized with high profile awards including “Best New App” by Apple and a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Documentary in 2015 and 2014.
Scripps also operates one of the largest podcast networks, under the Midroll brand, home to dozens of the most popular shows and talented audio storytellers.
All Scripps news brands are supported by its award-winning investigative news operation in Washington, D.C., and as part of its enduring commitment to public service, the company operates The Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins with 11 million kids and ends with final word live on national television.
Rich began his media career in high school selling subscriptions for the Cincinnati Post, a Scripps newspaper, and later became a part-time reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer.
He later returned to The Cincinnati Post – and Scripps - as a reporter and editor covering primarily business-related topics and the capital markets.
He jumped to the Scripps corporate staff in 1988 to help the organization prepare for conversion to a publicly traded company. He also joined the long-range strategic planning and development group.
He held several roles at Scripps before 2006 when he was elected chief operating officer of the enterprise, which then also included HGTV, Food Network and the other cable and digital business that Scripps had built or acquired. In 2008 those lifestyle-media businesses were spun off into a separate publicly traded company, Scripps Networks Interactive and Rich was named president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company, which then focused on journalism.
In 2013, the board elected Rich as chairman.
In addition to his work at Scripps, Rich is a member of the board of directors of The Associated Press, the world’s leading news organization.
He also is the chairman of the Northern Kentucky University board of regents. In 2001 the university named Rich as its Outstanding Alumnus.
He is a past chairman of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and today serves on the board of Cintrifuse, a not-for-profit partnership that exists to build a sustainable tech-based economy for the Greater Cincinnati region.
He’s also a weekend farmer in Morning View, Kentucky.
Rich, and his wife, Lisa, are 1981 graduates of the communications/journalism program at Northern Kentucky University.