Jeffrey Klein

Executive in Residence

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Jeffrey S. Klein is an accomplished and highly regarded media executive, a successful writer and a popular lecturer. Trained as both a lawyer and a journalist, he has more than 24 years of experience operating newspaper, magazine, TV and Internet businesses.

With the backing of a Chicago-based private equity firm, The Frontenac Company, Klein co-founded 101communications - a B2B multimedia publisher serving the information technology market. From 2001 to 2006, he served as 101's president and CEO. In April 2006, Klein and Frontenac sold 101 to 1105 Media, a magazine, trade show and web publishing company where Klein remains as non-executive chairman of the board.

Klein spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times and Times Mirror in senior management positions, including senior vice president and general manager, news, and senior vice president for consumer marketing. He also served as president of two large regional editions of the newspaper. For several years, Klein was CEO of California Community Newspapers, Inc., a Times Mirror company.

Klein is one of the few traditional media executives who has successfully transitioned to the Internet publishing model. In 2006, he was named to the "Folio Forty," the list in Folio: of the 40 most influential people in the magazine industry. In 2004, he was selected as one of the three most innovative CEOs in trade publishing by B2B's Media Business magazine.

Klein began his career as a lawyer, first in the entertainment industry and later on behalf of the Los Angeles Times as a specialist in First Amendment issues. He has taught media law and media business classes at the University of Southern California for many years. For ten years, he also wrote a weekly consumer law column for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote a regular column called "Executive Perspective" for Folio:, the magazine of magazine management.

Klein is active in the community, having served on various nonprofit boards, including the United Way, Foundation for American Communications and the Alliance for the Arts. He recently finished his two-year term as chairman of the board of directors of MEND, Meet Each Need with Dignity, the largest privately funded antipoverty agency in the San Fernando Valley, where he led its $8.5 million capital campaign.

Klein received his Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, his law degree from Stanford University and his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College.

Contact Klein at (213) 821-0060 or klein.jeffrey.s@gmail.com.

Blog Posts by Jeffrey Klein

Newspapers Dying: The demise of geographic exclusivity

By Jeffrey Klein | June 29, 2011 1
There are so many reasons why print newspapers are failing. Mostly, people complain that newspaper content is available on the Internet for free, so subscribers need not subscribe any longer, even though in reality circulation revenues were usually not more than 20% of total revenues. Or, more importantly, that classified...

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15 Ways to Generate Revenue for a Community News Web Site

By Jeffrey Klein | March 29, 2011 3
My co-author María J. Vázquez and I recently finished writing a case study on a hyperlocal community news site in Long Beach California, the Long Beach Post. As with so many of these entrepreneurial sites, the founders were doing a great job of journalism and technology. The challenge was on...

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Journalism entrepreneurship on the hyperlocal level - a case study in community news

By Jeffrey Klein | March 10, 2011 4
"There is a profound crisis taking place in American journalism." That is the introductory line to the case study being published today by the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. My coauthor, María Vázquez, and I hope that this case, which focuses on the real life trials and...

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Jeffrey Klein In the News

"There's a revolution going on," Executive in Residence Jeffrey Klein told an audience of students, faculty and residents at California State University-Channel Islands. "The world of news and entertainment is dramatically different from what it was 10 years ago, even one year ago. The changes are so dramatic and so revolutionary it's not clear who's going to survive." Klein was speaking of ever-changing media landscape, and was quoted in the Ventura County Star.

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