Dan Shelley begins duties as RTDNA/F Executive Director

September 11, 2017 11:00

Longtime RTDNA member and former Chairman of the Board Dan Shelley officially assumed his duties as Executive Director of the Association and its Foundation this morning. Shelley has served as Incoming Executive Director of the two organizations since April.

As part of the leadership transition, Shelley has spearheaded the Association's Voice of the First Amendment Task Force, working to educate the public about the important role of journalism in society and defending journalists and news organizations against attacks, both verbal and physical, while performing their Constitutionally-protected duty to uncover and report the truth.

"The board of directors is proud to welcome Dan Shelley in his new role," said Scott Libin, Chair of RTDNA. "With his staunch dedication to the advancement of First Amendment freedoms and responsible journalism, our Association could not be in better hands."

Shelley is a veteran Edward. R. Murrow Award-winning radio, television and digital media executive, serving in key news leadership positions with iHeartMedia, Radio One, CBS Television Stations and Journal Broadcast Group. He began his career at KTTS-AM/FM in Springfield, Missouri. He has been a member of the RTDNA/F board of directors for nearly two decades, serving terms as the Association's chairman in 2005-2006 and Foundation chairman the following year, as well as chairing the programs, awards and convention planning committees.

“RTDNA's role as a defender of press freedom, a source of thought leadership in ethical reporting and a champion of journalistic excellence is more important than ever,” Shelley said. “I look forward to building upon the work we have done on behalf of electronic journalists for more than 70 years."

Outgoing Executive Director Mike Cavender will provide transition assistance to the organizations through December 1st.

Dan's LinkedIn Bio

RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA works to protect the rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, promotes ethical standards in the industry, provides members with training and education and honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards.

RTDNF, a 501 (c) 3 educational foundation, works to uphold the standards of ethical journalism and promote leadership in the newsroom. It offers professional development opportunities, training and support of First Amendment issues.  The Foundation also provides scholarships and fellowships to aspiring and early-career electronic journalists.