First Amendment Leadership Award: David Lougee, Gannett Broadcasting
RTDNF presents this award annually to a business or government leader who has made a significant contribution to the protection of the First Amendment and freedom of the press.
Dave Lougee was named president of the Broadcasting Division for Gannett Co., Inc. in July, 2007. The company operates 23 television stations in the U.S.
Lougee serves on several industry boards. He is currently Vice Chair of the NBC Affiliates Board, and a member of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Board of Directors. He is also a member of the BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Board of Directors, and is immediate past Chair of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) Board of Directors.
Prior to returning to Gannett, Lougee served as executive vice president/media operations for Belo, where he was in charge of the company’s 19 TV stations and four cable news operations outside of Dallas. In 2005, he was named a senior vice president of Belo. He joined Belo in 1998 as news director at KING-TV in Seattle/Tacoma, and became president and general manager of Belo’s TV and cable operations in Seattle/Tacoma in 2000. From 1996 to 1998, Lougee was vice president/news at WRC-TV, the NBC owned and operated station in Washington DC.
From 1990 to 1996, Lougee was vice president/news director at KUSA-TV in Denver, a Gannett station. He began his broadcasting career at KMGH-TV in Denver in 1981, and worked at KCNC-TV in Denver from 1982-1990.
Lougee is a graduate of the University of Colorado and attended the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2004.
Dave and his wife Danni live in Great Falls, Virginia with their son Nash.
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