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James Asher Elected Hearst Trustee.

James M. Asher, senior vice president, chief legal and development officer, and board member of Hearst Corporation, has been elected one of the 13 lifetime trustees of the Hearst Family Trust.

The trust, established by the will of legendary publisher William Randolph Hearst, owns Hearst Corp., which currently controls 15 daily and 49 weekly newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle and Albany (N.Y.) Times Union. Hearst also owns interests in 43 daily newspapers and 72 non-dailies owned by MediaNews Group. These newspapers include The Denver Post and The Salt Lake Tribune.

Asher, who has been with Hearst Corp. since September 1997, succeeds Richard Deems, who passed away in May. Deems, the former president of the magazines group and later chairman of Hearst Magazines had served as a trustee since 1966, and had been with Hearst since 1939 when he was hired as an ad representative for Harper's Bazaar.

Asher currently is responsible for all of Hearst Corporation's legal affairs. He also oversees Hearst's Interactive Media Group, which primarily invests in new media and media technology businesses.

Before arriving at Hearst, Asher was managing partner and chairman of the executive committee in the law firm of Rogers & Wells, which he joined in 1974 after graduating from New York University School of Law.

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Date:Jul 1, 2009
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