Board Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Rich Boehne, 60, is chairman of the board, president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company.
Scripps is a news industry pioneer that 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 2013, the board elected Rich as chairman. He succeeded Nackey Scagliotti who retired after 14 years as a director and five years as the board’s chair. Rich intends to retire from his CEO role in the second half of 2017. He will remain chairman of the Scripps board and Adam Symson will replace him as CEO and president upon Rich's retirement.
Prior to the 2008 separation of Scripps into two publicly traded companies, Rich was chief operating officer of the combined enterprise. The company’s cable networks and Internet search businesses were spun off July 1 of that year into a new company – Scripps Networks Interactive.
Rich joined the Scripps corporate staff in 1988 as manager of investor relations, just before the parent company’s initial public offering. He went on to become director of all of the company's communication efforts. He also joined the long-range strategic planning and development group. In May 1995 he was named a vice president and in 1999 was elected the corporation’s executive vice president.
Prior to moving to Scripps headquarters, Rich was a business reporter and editor at The Cincinnati Post, a Scripps newspaper. He began his media career in high school selling subscriptions for the Post and later became a part-time reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer.
After graduating from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in communications/journalism in 1981, he joined a growing chain of community newspapers, progressing through that company as its owner, Suburban Communications, purchased and consolidated a number of family-owned publications in the Midwest.
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 1996, he received NKU's annual Professional Achievement Award. In 2001 the university named Rich as its Outstanding Alumnus. In 2012 NKU presented him with its Lincoln Award. The university established the Lincoln Award to honor outstanding citizenship, notable achievement and distinguished service in their professions, and contributions to the Northern Kentucky or Greater Cincinnati community.
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.