Executive Vice President, Industry Affairs and Special Projects, National Association of Broadcasters
As Executive Vice-President for Industry Affairs and Special Projects, Steve Newberry brings over forty years of broadcast, leadership and business development experience to his role with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Based in Washington, DC, NAB is one of the nations premier trade associations, representing America’s radio and television broadcasters and networks.
A leader in the broadcast industry, Steve Newberry was the co-founder of Commonwealth Broadcasting, a radio broadcast group that grew to own thirty-five radio stations Kentucky and Tennessee. He began his broadcast career at the age of 14 and entered broadcast ownership at the age of 21.
As a broadcast owner, Steve was twice elected to lead America’s broadcasters as the Joint Board Chairman of NAB. He is a recipient of the National Radio Award, the industry’s highest leadership honor and on multiple occasions, has been named one of the “40 Most Powerful People In Radio” by Radio Ink magazine.
Before leaving the private sector to join NAB, Steve served on the board of directors of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and as a member of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) executive committee. He also served as Chairman of the Authority for Kentucky Educational Television (KET), served two terms as a member of the national board of trustees of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) and was a past-president of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association.
He is a member of the Kentucky Broadcasters Hall of Fame and was the 2009 recipient of KBA’s Distinguished Kentuckian Award. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information, where he earned his BA in Telecommunications.
In addition to his broadcast activities, Steve was the founder and principal of Newberry Advisors, a governmental affairs and strategic planning firm. Steve consulted organizations on issues of advocacy, leadership development, governance, organizational and board development. His work was primarily focused within the broadcasting, banking, health care, non-profit and economic development sectors.