CEO and Executive Director, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
Democracy: Voting Rights and Freedom of the Press
Jim Friedlich serves as CEO and Executive Director of The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, an innovative non-profit organization that supports local journalism in Philadelphia and nationwide. Founded in 2016 by philanthropist H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest, the Institute supports investigative news, newsroom diversity, and digital technology investment at The Philadelphia Inquirer and throughout the Philadelphia news ecosystem. The Institute is the owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, now the largest newspaper in America owned by a non-profit organization, and it leverages the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “live lab” for journalism innovation efforts nationwide. Friedlich was a long-time executive at Dow Jones and Company, serving previously as Group Publisher of The Wall Street Journal for Europe, Asia, and the Americas, in charge of global business operations. He was a Board Director of CNBC and a co-founder of the Journal’s digital edition, WSJ.com.