Frank Batten

CMA 1945

Frank Batten was a communications entrepreneur who has made a mark in many ways, most popular as the founder of The Weather Channel. Under his leadership as a publisher, in 1960 The Virginian-Pilot newspaper received a Pulitzer Prize for articles championing desegregation. The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star in Norfolk, Va., were the foundation of Landmark Communications, the privately-held media company that he grew by acquiring additional newspapers, radio stations, and television stations, as well as by founding The Weather Channel in 1982. He also served as chairman of the Associated Press from 1982 to 1987.

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