SAN ANTONIO – OCTOBER 09, 2017 – Beth Frerking, editor-in-chief of the The National Law Journal in Washington, D.C., and a Seguin native, has been named editor-in-chief of the Rivard Report.
The appointment was unanimously approved by the nonprofit news organization’s board of directors in August. Frerking will assume her new role on September 25. Robert Rivard, the co-founder and current editor and director who will assume the title of publisher in the organization’s new leadership structure.In his new role, Rivard will oversee all operations of the organization, focusing on development of the membership base, foundation and philanthropic giving, and continued growth in advertising revenue. He will continue to help organize and present civic engagement events and maintain a weekly column.
“I want to give Beth and her team the resources they need to take our community journalism to the next level and beyond,” Rivard said. “Nonprofit digital journalism is thriving in cities across the country, and as San Antonio continues to grow, our mission will remain unchanged: to inform and connect the city’s engaged citizens with trusted and credible community news.”
Frerking will oversee a growing editorial staff of reporters, photographers, and editors, including newly named arts and culture reporter Nicholas Frank.
A graduate of University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism, Frerking served as editor of The Daily Texan. She traces her Texas roots to generations who settled in Seguin in the late 1800s. One great-grandfather served as the city’s newspaper publisher and editor.
In addition to Frerking’s roots in Seguin and Karnes City, where she graduated from high school, she has a strong San Antonio connection: Her sister, cybersecurity marketing executive Meg Grant, has lived, worked, and raised her family in the city for three decades. Frerking’s husband, David Bowne Wood, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has covered defense and national security issues for more than 35 years.
At The National Law Journal, a publication of ALM Media, she has overseen coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justice Department, federal regulation, and the business of law in Washington, D.C. In April, she shepherded conversion of the publication’s weekly print newspaper to a monthly glossy magazine, recently earning recognition as a magazine innovator in the Folio: 100 Awards.
Before joining The National Law Journal as its top editor in 2013, she served as one of the first-generation editors at Politico in Washington, D.C., which began publication in early 2007. Frerking joined Politico one week before its launch, and was an assistant managing editor when she left to join The National Law Journal.
The board of directors also agreed that a long-anticipated name change for the Rivard Report will be formally undertaken upon Frerking’s arrival, a change intended to reflect the website’s growth since its inception in 2012 as a blog launched by Rivard and his wife, Monika Maeckle. The Rivard Report reorganized as a 501(c)(3) in late 2015 and shortly thereafter named its seven-member board of directors. For more information please visit www.therivardreport.com.