Fred Mann, vice president for Communications, is responsible for organization-wide internal communications strategy and managing enterprise-level engagements. He provides vision, leadership, policy development, and management for integrated Web marketing and communications programs and resources to promote and advance the Foundation’s mission and priorities. In addition, Mann helps to manage Communications staff and efforts around health and health care, and chairs the Editorial Policy Board which oversees all electronic communications efforts. For eight months he served as interim vice president for Communications.
Before coming to the Foundation, Mann spent 23 years with The Philadelphia Inquirer as features editor, Sunday magazine editor, and assistant managing editor. He also created and ran the newspaper’s website, Philly.com, one of the first U.S. newspaper online operations. He served the newspaper’s parent company Knight Ridder as vice president for national programming for the chain’s 28 websites.
Prior to working in Philadelphia, Mann was national editor of the Hartford Courant and a reporter for The Day newspaper of New London, Conn. He also created a syndicated West Coast news service that provided coverage to a dozen major papers, including the Boston Globe, Newsday, Miami Herald, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), and the Detroit Free Press. He has reported for TIME magazine and other national journals. And he served as press secretary in the United States Senate for three years.
Mann has lectured and written on new media ethics for the Poynter Institute and has been a regular speaker at online journalism conferences around the country. He was a founding board member of the Online News Association and formerly served on the board of directors of the Internet Business Alliance and the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Federation. He is a graduate of Stanford University, a happily married father to a blended family of seven children, and still (barely) the third baseman for a baseball team that plays every week from April through November.