Jim Wall

Board Member

Jim Wall is a native of Washington State where he graduated from Everett High School in 1965.After attending Washington State University for one year, he served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Minnesota and Winnipeg, Canada. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications. In 1972, while attending Brigham Young University, Jim met and married Constance M. Smith, a graduate of Long Meadow High School, Long Meadow, and Massachusetts. Jim moved back to his hometown of Everett Washington where he held a number of positions while working for his hometown newspaper for 14 years. In 1986, Jim left The Everett Herald to join the Cox Newspaper Group in Mesa, Arizona. He directed the operations of The Arizona Pennysaver and the advertising departments of the daily newspaper for Mesa, Tempe and Chandler. In 1989, The Dallas-Times Herald recruited Jim to rebuild their classified ad vision. He then took over as vice president of advertising. Jim then moved to New Mexico and became Publisher of the Las Cruces Sun-News, a MediaNews Group daily newspaper. MediaNews moved him to Pittsfield in September, 1995, where he became President of New England Newspapers, Inc., which consisted of the newly acquired Berkshire Eagle, Bennington Banner, Brattleboro Reformer and Manchester Journal with the North Adams Transcript and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise adding to the group in 1996 and1997 respectively. In 1999, he moved to the MediaNews Group’s flagship newspaper, the Denver Post where he became General Manager and Executive Vice President. Following the announcement of a Joint Operating Agreement with the competing Rocky Mountain News in May, 2000, he accepted the position of President and Publisher of the Deseret Morning News beginning September, 2000.

Jim has been active in each of the communities where he has lived and worked. Highlights of his participation include active roles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, board and executive board positions with the United Way, local chambers of commerce, state fair, community economic development, College Board of trustees, Boy Scouts of America, theater, opera and symphony boards and charitable organizations. In 1994, he became a member of the Joint Chiefs Orientation Committee, a group of 60 influential civilians invited to review and assess our nation’s military activities and readiness. In Pittsfield, his community involvement included board/trustee and/or executive board membership with Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Community College, Berkshire Jobs Creation Task Force, Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Visitors Bureau, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc., Central Berkshire Chamber Economic Development, City Savings Bank, National Music Center (Advisory Board). Jim is a constant presence in the community who has participated on more than twenty Utah boards or committees. In 2004, Jim was honored as the American Heart Association, “Heart of Utah” recipient. In 2008, Jim and Connie were honored by the American Heart Association as the “Heart of the Community” recipients