Josh Silver departing Free Press after nine years, to launch Democracy Fund

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Josh Silver, president of the Free Press media reform organization, is stepping down to become founding c.e.o. of the Democracy Fund, a foundation that will “challenge the influence of corporate lobbyists over government policymaking,” Free Press said in a statement Tuesday (March 9). Silver was a co-founder, with media scholar Robert W. McChesney, of Free Press in 2002, and will remain on its board of directors. The organization has been a strong supporter of public broadcasting and has fought for government funding increases (Current, May 10, 2010). Stepping into the leadership role at Free Press will be Craig Aaron, currently managing director. Aaron co-authored Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age. Before joining Free Press, he was an investigative reporter for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch. (Image: Free Press)