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Los Angeles, April 30, 2005
– The National Board of Directors of the
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) announced 
today that Kim Roberts Hedgpeth has been named the union’s National
Executive Director.  A joint working group made up of AFTRA's Administrative Committee and National Officers forwarded their unanimous support of Ms. Hedgpeth’s appointment to the National Board.  She had been serving as Acting National Executive Director since April 21 of this year.

Ms. Hedgpeth joined the AFTRA staff in 1981 and has served in a number of important executive positions within the union.  From 1981-86, she was with the New York Local, first as a contract administrator, then as Assistant Executive Director/House Counsel, and later as the Local's Co-Executive Director.  From 1987 to 1992, she served as Executive Director of AFTRA’s San Francisco Local and the Screen Actors Guild's San Francisco Branch. 
Ms. Hedgpeth joined AFTRA's National staff as Assistant National Executive Director, News and Broadcast in 1992, and was appointed by the AFTRA National Board to the post of Associate National Executive Director in 1997.

"As we expected, Kim Roberts Hedgpeth stepped into the challenging role of AFTRA National Executive Director without missing a beat, and with a gentle grace, quiet power, and keen intelligence that is the mark of a true leader,” said AFTRA National President John P. Connolly.   “It is an AFTRA trademark that we hire the best in our executive staff, and a particular point of pride that nationwide we enjoy such a rich pool of treasured talent like Kim to lead our union.  AFTRA also treasures our culture of mutual respect, close collaboration, trust, and solidarity between elected leadership and staff in pursuit of our mission to defend and extend the rights of Performers, Broadcasters, and Recording Artists in today's globalized media industries.”     
Connolly continued, "No media union today has a nobler mission, broader jurisdiction, or more exciting opportunities than AFTRA.  No one executive in the media unions has a bigger job than Kim Roberts Hedgpeth.  Our nearly 80,000 members could not be better served.  That AFTRA turns to her is no surprise; that we are grateful she has accepted this challenge is a given.  Our confidence in her could not be greater.  It is she who confirms our confidence in ourselves, our vision, and our Union."

Newly appointed AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth stated, “I want to thank the Board of Directors for placing their confidence and trust in me.  During my years with AFTRA, I have marveled at the dedication of the union’s elected leadership and staff.  At this pivotal moment in AFTRA’s history, I look forward to working with those committed individuals to meet the challenges and exploit the opportunities faced by the wide array of media professionals AFTRA represents.”

Ms. Hedgpeth received her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and is admitted to the California and New York State Bars.  She has served as Director of Labor and Employee Relations for Harvard University and Vice President of Human Resources of Safe Horizon, the nation's leading crime victims support and advocacy organization.  Organizations in which Ms. Hedgpeth has held membership include the New England Human Resources Association, the Massachusetts Governor's African-American Advisory Commission and the San Francisco Mayor's Film Advisory Council.  She currently serves as Executive Secretary of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America, the umbrella organization for the major performing arts unions in the United States.
She and her husband, Gilbert W. Hedgpeth, a law enforcement executive for the State of New Jersey, live in Guttenberg and Willingboro, New Jersey.

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists – affiliated with the AFL-CIO – is a diverse national union representing nearly 80,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists in 32 Locals throughout the country. AFTRA members work as actors, broadcast journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians and disc jockeys in all aspects of the media industries including television and radio, sound recordings, commercials, industrial non-broadcast, interactive games and the Internet.  For more information, visit


Rebecca Rhine
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