Alberto Ibargüen is president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Ibarguen is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and of El Nuevo Herald. During his tenure, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prizes and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in journalism.
He studied at Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Between college and law school, he served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela’s Amazon Territory and in Colombia. He practiced law in Hartford, Connecticut until he joined The Hartford Courant, then Newsday in New York before moving to Miami.
Ibarguen is chairman of the board of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., a museum dedicated to free speech and free press. He is a member of the board of PepsiCo, AMR Corp. (American Airlines), ProPublica and of the Council on Foreign Relations. Over the years, he has served on the boards of arts, education and civic organizations, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Wesleyan University, Smith College and the Trustees’ Council of the National Gallery of Art. He served as board chair of PBS and of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra.
For his work to protect journalists in Latin America as part of the Inter American Press Association, Ibarguen received a Maria Moors Cabot citation from Columbia University and George Washington University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters.