WASHINGTON- Kenneth Weinstein was sworn in today as the newest member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent federal agency that oversees all US government-supported civilian media. On September 23, the Senate unanimously approved the President’s nomination of Weinstein to the board.
“The work of the BBG has never been as important as it is today given the increasingly complex geopolitical climate, multifaceted media environments, and a growing threat to human rights around the world,” Weinstein said shortly after being sworn in. “The work this organization does on a daily basis is impressive, and I am honored and humbled to become a part of such a great operation.”
“We are proud to have Ken Weinstein joining our ranks,” said Jeff Shell, chairman of the BBG Board. “His deep experience in global affairs and public policy will be of great benefit to our oversight of U.S. international media.”
Weinstein has served as President and CEO of the Hudson Institute since 2011 and has held several other positions in the organization since 1999, including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Fellow, and Director of the Washington office. He also served as the Director of the Government Reform Project at the Heritage Foundation from 1996 to 1998. From 1994 to 1996, he was Director of Research at the New Citizenship Project. He served on the National Council of the Humanities from 2006 to 2012 and was appointed to the D.C. Advisory Board to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2010. Weinstein received a B.A. from the University of Chicago, an M.Phil. from the Institut d’ Études Politiques de Paris and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Weinstein succeeds former Governor Dennis Mulhaupt. He joins Shell and fellow board members Ryan Crocker, Matt Armstrong, Susan McCue, and Michael Meehan.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors is a bipartisan board appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate; the Secretary of State serves ex officio. The Board’s next public meeting is scheduled for October 23.