Alberto Ibargüen

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Alberto Ibargüen
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Alberto Ibargüen
Born (1944-02-29) February 29, 1944 (age 75)
ResidenceMiami, Florida
Alma materWesleyan University
University of Pennsylvania Law School
OccupationPresident and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Alberto Ibargüen (born February 29, 1944)[1] is President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, Florida. He is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald in Miami, Florida. Under his leadership, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prizes; El Nuevo Herald won Spain's Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in journalism.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ibargüen was born in Puerto Rico of Cuban and Puerto Rican heritage and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, where he attended Columbia High School, graduating in 1962.[3] He graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. degree and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.[4] After college and before entering law school, he served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela's Amazon Territory and in Colombia.[5]


Ibargüen was a legal aid lawyer in Hartford, Connecticut. He became the first executive director of the Connecticut Elections Commission, and practiced law for eight or nine years in Hartford. He joined the Times Mirror Company's Hartford Courant as senior vice president for finance and administration; moved to New York to work at New York Newsday, where he stayed for 11 years. In 1995, he was named publisher of Knight Ridder's El Nuevo Herald and in 1998 he became publisher of The Miami Herald as well.[6] In 2005, he became CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.[7]

He has received honorary degrees from Wesleyan University, The George Washington University, University of Miami and Mercer University. For his work to protect journalists in Latin America, he received a Maria Moors Cabot citation from Columbia University.[8]

Ibargüen is a member of the board of AMR Corporation (American Airlines). Previously he served on the boards of PepsiCo, AOL, Norwegian Cruise Lines, SnagFilms, and the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.[7] He is a member of the U.S. Secretary of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board.[9] He has also served as board chairman of PBS; the Newseum in Washington, D.C.;[10] and the World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. He also served on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations[11] and SnagFilms.[12] Ibargüen is also a member of Washington D.C. based think tank the Inter-American Dialogue.[13]

Ibargüen has served on the boards of other arts, education and journalism organizations, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Wesleyan University, Smith College, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Committee to Protect Journalists, ProPublica and the Secretary of State's Foreign Policy Advisory Board.[14][15][16][17][18][19]

Alberto Ibargüen at the Knight Foundation 2013

In 2014, the Independent Sector honored Ibargüen with the John W. Gardner Leadership Award.[20]

Ibargüen is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Visiting Committee for the MIT Media Lab.[21][22] He has been honored with distinctions from diverse organizations, including American Jewish Committee, Stephens College and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.[23][24][25]

As its President and CEO, Ibargüen focused Knight Foundation on its donors' intent to maintain a healthy democracy through informed and engaged communities.[26] Under his leadership, the foundation has focused on the digital transformation of journalism and citizen engagement and has become a significant philanthropic funder of the arts, using arts and culture to bind people to their communities.[27][28][29] He led the effort to found the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.[30] He was personally engaged in the “Grand Bargain” that bought the Detroit Institute of Arts during the Detroit Bankruptcy.[31][32]


  1. ^ Hirschman, David (July 15, 2009). "So What Do You Do, Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation President/CEO?". Mediabistro. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "We Media Miami 2010 Bio". We Media.
  3. ^ Mirror 1962, Columbia High School (New Jersey). Accessed August 3, 2019. "Alberto L. Ibarguen - 11 Harrison Court, South Orange"
  4. ^ "Staff: Alberto Ibargüen". Knight Foundation.
  5. ^ Michael Matza, "Knight Foundation CEO Alberto Ibarguen never far from own immigrant story", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 1, 2017
  6. ^ Felicity Barringer, "Miami Herald Publisher Says He Is Resigning", The New York Times, August 5, 1998
  7. ^ a b "Bloomberg - Executive Profile, Alberto Ibargüen",
  8. ^ "Alberto Ibargüen". ICFJ - International Center for Journalists.
  9. ^ "Biography: Stephen J. Hadley". United States Department of State.
  10. ^ "Alberto Ibarguen Profile". Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  11. ^ "Alberto Ibargüen".
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Inter-American Dialogue | Alberto Ibargüen". Archived from the original on April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  14. ^ Bill Holder, "Farmer, Cook, Ibargüen, Shaws Receive Honorary Degrees", News @ Wesleyan, May 24, 2011
  15. ^ "Awards, honors and Alma Mater", NewsSmith, Fall 1995
  16. ^ "Alberto Ibargüen - Participant Profile, Forum on Communications and Society", The Aspen Institute, 2014
  17. ^ "CPJ APPOINTS THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS", Committee to Protect Journalists - News Alert, November 10, 2003
  18. ^ "New Non-Profit Investigative News Organization to be Led by Paul Steiger", ProPublica, October 15, 2007
  19. ^ "Expert profile: Alberto Ibargüen", Council on Foreign Relations
  20. ^ "IS Honors Philanthropic Leader Alberto Ibargüen with 2014 John W. Gardner Leadership Award", Independent Sector, June 4, 2014
  21. ^ "American Academy of Arts and Sciences - 2015 Fellows", American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2015
  22. ^ "Media Lab Committee - list of members", The MIT Corporation
  23. ^ Tim Chapman, "An Honor for Human Relations", Miami Herald, October 16, 2003
  24. ^ [1], Missourian, November 13, 2009
  25. ^ "THE 11TH ANNUAL CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION", PhiladelphiaStyle, May 10, 2018
  26. ^ Knight Foundation, "Blog post about launch of Trust, Media and Democracy initiative", Knight Foundation blog, April 5, 2018
  27. ^ Ted Loos, "Knight Foundation Helps Drive Miami Art Scene", The New York Times, December 5, 2017
  28. ^ Christine Schmidt, "Local TV news gets a $2.6 million boost from the Knight Foundation", Nieman Lab, February 8, 2018
  29. ^ Douglas K. Smith, "Betting on the success of local journalism", Columbia Journalism Review, June 15, 2018
  30. ^ Mike McPhate, "Columbia University to Open a First Amendment Institute", The New York Times, May 17, 2016
  31. ^ Randy Kennedy, Monica Davey, Steven Yaccino, "Foundations Aim to Save Pensions in Detroit Crisis", The New York Times, January 13, 2014
  32. ^ Jennifer Chambers, "Foundations think out of box to aid Detroit", The Detroit News, November 11, 2014

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