Robert W. Bogle is president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and the Greater Philadelphia region’s largest newspaper serving the African-American community. He assumed his present position in July 1989. Mr. Bogle has held other high-level offices at the newspaper including posts as advertising director, director of marketing, and executive vice president/treasurer.
He served as president of the National Newspaper Publisher’s Association (NNPA), a trade association comprising 205 Black-owned newspapers across the nation from 1991 through 1995. The organization is credited with increasing the awareness of African-American issues while promoting their values and lifestyles.
Mr. Bogle attended Cheyney University in Cheyney, Pa., to study Sociology, earning a B.A. in Urban Studies. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Finance, Temple University in Philadelphia and the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. He continues to hone his newspaper experience/expertise by participating in annual workshops in the areas of the internet, finance, editorial content and advertising.
Mr. Bogle is chairman of the Hospitals and Higher Education Facilities Authority of Philadelphia and serves as a commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority. Active in many professional, civic and social organizations, Mr. Bogle is chairman of the Council of Trustees at Cheyney University, serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Mann Music Center for the Performing Arts, the Zoological Society of Philadelphia, the African-American Chamber of Commerce, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Philadelphia Tribune. He is a former board member of US Airways Group.
Under his leadership, the NNPA honored the Tribune at least five times in a decade, with the Russwurm Award, the highest honor for “Best Newspaper in America,” in the name of John B. Russwurm, co-founder of Freedom’s Journal, the first African-American newspaper in the U.S. (1827).
He is a founding member and president of the African American News and Information Consortium, a group of premier newspapers in some of the largest markets in the United States.
Some of his more recent board affiliations include the Philadelphia Museum of Art Corporate Partners Board, the Pennsylvania Newspapers Association Foundation, the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bogle is also a founder, and serves as a Convener, for the Forum for a Better Pennsylvania, a state-wide, private-sector leadership organization committed to enchanced civic and economic inclusion for African Americans.
President George W. Bush appointed him to serve as a member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Commission. He received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Drexel University and is a member of Sigma Pi Phi and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Mr. Bogle continues in his role as an ambassador for the birthplace of America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.