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 WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) announced today that Patrick Butler has been elected vice president with responsibility for public policy and new business and special corporate projects.
 Butler joined The Washington Post Company in 1991 with responsibilities in several operating divisions. He was vice president of Newsweek magazine, with responsibility for new business development and for creating public affairs programs for major advertisers.
 He also was vice president of Legi-Slate, The Post Company's information services subsidiary, responsible for developing new services and major business accounts.
 In addition, Butler served as senior public policy adviser to The Washington Post newspaper and to the parent Washington Post Company.
 Butler is a member of The Post Company team planning the launch of American Personal Communications, a new telecommunications venture offering inexpensive voice, data and video transmission services delivered to handheld devices over a wireless digital network.
 He is also chairman of PCS Action, a coalition of companies committed to the rapid, large-scale deployment of an American personal communications services industry. The companies include Time Warner, Motorola, Northern Telecom, Cox Enterprises, Times Mirror, Crown Media, Providence Journal Company, Qualcomm, Omnipoint and Associated Communications, as well as APC/Washington Post Company.
 Previously, Butler was Washington vice president of Times Mirror (1985-1991), with responsibility for government and industry relations and Washington philanthropy, and he was a founder of the Times Mirror Center for The People & The Press.
 From 1982 to 1985, he was president of Patrick Butler and Company, a Washington-based editorial services firm.
 Butler earlier served as staff vice president-editorial services and staff vice president-government relations for RCA Corporation (1980-1982) and as director of corporate public relations for Bristol- Myers Company in New York City (1978).
 In government service, Butler was a speech-writer, associate editor of the White House Editorial Office and transition director of speech- writing and research for President Gerald R. Ford (1975-1977). He was also special assistant to U.S. Senate Republican Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. (1978-1980) and consultant to the U.S. Senate majority leader (1982-1985). Butler was a transition consultant to Baker following Baker's appointment as White House chief of staff (1987) and policy director for the Baker for President campaign (1979-1980).
 Butler was appointed by President Reagan to the National Council on the Humanities for a six-year term ending in 1994. He is chairman of the Council's Public Programs Committee, which recommends federal funding for television documentaries (including "The Civil War"), museum exhibitions and other projects.
 Butler is a member of the steering committee of the Media Companies Group, an informal coalition of companies with interests in broadcast and cable television and newspaper publishing. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Information Industry Association's public policy and government relations council.
 He began his career in 1966 as a reporter for the Chattanooga News- Free Press and then for The Chattanooga Times, where he covered city government and politics. He later served as press secretary and environmental policy adviser to U.S. Rep. Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell of North Carolina (1970-1975).
 Butler majored in political science at the University of Tennessee and is currently studying communications at The American University in Washington. He and his wife, Donna, live in Bethesda, Md., with their daughters, Katharine, Anna and Sydney.
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