William McCarren, MAT
Executive Director, National Press Club
William McCarren has run media-related businesses since 1986. In that year, he founded US Newswire, a company that used wire service technology to transmit information from government and other news sources to news media nationwide. McCarren was president of US Newswire until 2006 when it was sold to PR Newswire for more than $20 million. From 1993 to 2001, US Newswire was under contract to the Executive Office of the President to transmit news and information. Since 2007, McCarren has been executive director of the National Press Club, which is the world's leading professional organization for journalists. Founded in 1908, the Press Club has 110 employees and an annual budget of about $13 million. McCarren leads the business side of the Club and also assists the membership in programs and initiatives. McCarren helped lead the Club through a financial turnaround. Over a decade it transitioned from a high debt, no reserves, low profit environment to a no debt, substantial reserves, strong margin business. The Club occupies 54,000 square feet of event space in the heart of Washington, DC, and is a well-known venue for speakers including global leaders in government, politics, business, the arts, and sports. The Club is best known as a strong voice for press freedom worldwide. McCarren has been a leader in campaigns to free imprisoned journalists including Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post. McCarren and the Press Club are currently working on the case of Emilio Gutierrez, a Mexican journalist being held in detention in El Paso. Prior to 1986, McCarren worked for wire services in Philadelphia and New York. He is a 1978 graduate of Vanderbilt University and in 1980 earned an MAT from Brown University. A native of the Chicago-area, McCarren remains a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs.
- MAT Brown University