A native of Kentucky, Steve Newberry is the founder of Newberry Advisors, a government affairs, leadership and strategic planning firm. In addition to his work on behalf of broadcasters in Washington, DC, Steve frequently presents to and consults organizations on issues of leadership development, governance, organizational and board development focused on the broadcasting, health care, non-profit and economic development sectors.
A national leader in the broadcast industry, Newberry is the founder of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation, a radio broadcast group with facilities throughout Kentucky. He began his broadcast career at the age of 14 and owned his first radio station at 21.
Twice elected to lead America’s broadcasters as the Joint Board Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Newberry was also the 2011 recipient of the National Radio Award, the industry’s highest leadership honor. Radio Ink Magazine has repeatedly named him one of the “40 Most Powerful People In Radio”
Active in industry affairs, Steve serves on the board of directors of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in music rights management, and has held many other national leadership positions in the broadcast industry. A member of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) executive committee, Steve is former chair of NAB’s radio board of directors and the NAB Political Action Committee. He is also a member of the International Broadcasters Idea Bank.
For five years, he served as Chairman of the Authority for Kentucky Educational Television (KET), and he served two terms as a member of the national board of trustees of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS). Steve is a past-president of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association (1993) and is a member of the KBA Hall of Fame. He received their prestigious Distinguished Kentuckian Award in 2009. He received the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information.
He received his BA in telecommunications from the University of Kentucky.