Gene Policinski (Sarah Thompson/Newseum)

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Gene Policinski

President and chief operating officer

Gene Policinski is president and chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute, which includes the Religious Freedom Center, the First Amendment Center, and NewseumED.

One of the founding editors of USA Today, he oversees all programs of the Newseum Institute and also is a longtime proponent of diversity in journalism as an essential element of a free press. A veteran multimedia journalist, he also writes, lectures and is interviewed regularly on First Amendment issues. In 1996, he joined the Freedom Forum, the foundation that is the principal funder of the Newseum and Newseum Institute. He hosts or co-hosts a variety of online audio and video programs produced by the Newseum Institute, including “The First Five” podcast, and is co-author of the nationally distributed commentary “Inside the First Amendment.”