Michael Bolden

Executive Director and CEO

The American Press Institute announced in January 2022 that it had hired Michael D. Bolden as its new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Bolden is the former director of culture and operations at the San Francisco Chronicle and a member of the newsroom’s executive leadership team. He supervised a range of coverage, including business, housing, immigration, race and equity, technology, transportation, and urban design and development, and worked to foster an internal culture at the Chronicle that values diversity and belonging.

Prior to his role at the Chronicle, Bolden was a journalism lecturer at Stanford University and managing director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, where he advised media change agents from around the world. He also served as editorial director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a leading funder of journalism and media innovation. For more than a decade, he was an editor at The Washington Post in positions across the newsroom. He has also been a reporter and editor in Florida and Louisiana.

He began his role at API on February 14.

Email Michael at michael.bolden@pressinstitute.org or follow him on Twitter @michaelbolden.