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Jose A. Aponte has been General Manager of International Services in the headquarters of the American Red Cross since 1990. He joined the organization in 1971 and has served at the local, national, and international levels. He led the American Red Cross assessment team to the scene of the 1985 Mexico earthquake and has represented the organization at meetings in the Americas, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Fred H. Cate is a Senior Fellow of The Annenberg Washington Program and Associate Professor of Law at Indiana University School of Law- Bloomington. Formerly Director of Research and Projects for The Annenberg Washington Program, Professor Cate is Faculty Advisor to the Federal Communications Law Journal and the editor of Visions of the First Amendment for a New Millennium.

Stephen Rattien is the Executive Director of the Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources at the U.S. National Research Council (NRC), the research arm of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of the NRC s Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems; Vice President of the Center for Innovative Technology; and President of DHR Inc., a contract research firm. Dr. Rattien also held positions at the National Science Foundation, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Robert D. Vessey served as Director of Disaster Services in the national headquarters of the American Red Cross for more than 10 years. He joined the organization in 1958 and served in Europe and Vietnam; for more than 20 years he held disaster-related posts, including duty in Nigeria, Bangladesh, and several U.S. cities.

David Webster is Chairman of the Transatlantic Dialogue on European Broadcasting, which he co-founded with The Annenberg Washington Program. A former director of the Annenberg International Disaster Communications Project and Annenberg Senior Fellow, Mr. Webster was associated with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and for more than 30 years with the British Broadcasting Corporation, including eight on its Board of Management, most recently as Director, United States. Prior to that he held a variety of management and editorial posts in the BBC.

Brian Wenham is a consultant in broadcasting and the arts. He previously served as Managing Director of BBC Radio; Director of Programmes, BBC Television; Controller of the BBC2 television channel; Head of the BBC Current Affairs Group, and Editor of Panorama. Mr. Wenham began in television news as a journalist with Independent Television News. He is editor of The Third Age of Broadcasting (1982) and writes on broadcasting and cultural matters for a variety of British papers.