Former Del. Governor Markell joins board that owns Slate.com

(File/WHYY)

(File/WHYY)

Markell was elected to the board of directors of Graham Holdings Company, a firm that owns Slate plus several TV stations and educational services provider Kaplan.

Markell will draw on his business experience at Nextel, Comcast and elsewhere in addition to his experience leading the state of Delaware for eight years in his new role on the board of directors at Graham.

“Governor Markell, a businessman turned governor, will make an outstanding director of our company,” said Graham Holdings chairman Donald Graham. “We are fortunate he has agreed to join our board.”

In addition to online magazine Slate, Graham also owns Foreign Policy magazine and podcast network Panoply. The company’s broacast holdings include local TV stations in Houston, Detroit, San Antonio, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Roanoke, Va. Graham also operates education provider Kaplan, which aims to expand educational access and be a leader in instructional innovation.

Markell is currently on the national board of directors of Jobs for America’s Graduates and serves as a trustee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

In April, Markell announced plans to ride his bicycle across the country from Oregon to Delaware between June and August as part of a partnership with Christiana Care medical system and Motivate the First State, an organization that touts healthy lifestyles while raising money for local nonprofit groups. 

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