Jonathan Donnellan is vice president and deputy general counsel for Hearst Corporation, one of the world’s largest diversified media companies.
He is responsible for all matters concerning free speech and press and leads the litigation practice group, which handles litigation for Hearst businesses. He also oversees other practice areas.
Previously, he served as vice president and deputy general counsel for the New York Daily News, U.S. News & World Report, and two other media companies concurrently. Before that, he was assistant general counsel for CNN in Atlanta, where he received an honorary National Headliner Award as counsel to CNN’s investigation team. Prior to CNN, he was a litigator at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York, where he handled a wide range of cases involving the media, the First Amendment, and a myriad other issues. Donnellan is the immediate past chair of the New York City Bar Association’s communications and media law committee.
Donnellan earned his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. He received his B.A. from New York University in 1988.