George Irish, Hearst Foundations

TITLE: Eastern Director

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts and culture, health, social services

CONTACT: (212) 649-3750

PROFILE: George B. Irish is Eastern director for the Hearst Foundations, operating out of its New York office. When he was elected as chairman of the Newspaper Association of America in 2009, a press release for that organization shared Irish's background:

Irish successfully led Hearst Newspapers from 1998 to 2008. Under his direction, it invested in operations and expanded its journalistic enterprise both in print and online. Before leading Hearst Newspapers, Irish was a vice president and group executive for Hearst Newspapers, a post he held since 1993. Irish joined Hearst in 1979 with the acquisition of the Midland (Mich.) Daily News and subsequently held several executive positions with Hearst Newspapers. He served as publisher of the San Antonio (Texas) Light from 1988 to 1993; the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise from 1984 to 1988; the Midland (Texas) Reporter-Telegram from 1982 to 1984; and Midland Daily News from 1980 to 1982.

Irish is a past president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and received the 1992 Texas Newspaper Leader of the Year Award, known as the Pat Taggart Memorial Award, the highest honor given by Texas newspapers.