Trustee Robert W. Bogle

Robert W. Bogle

Robert W. Bogle is chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and the Greater Philadelphia region’s largest audited newspaper serving the African-American community. He assumed that 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.

Mr. Bogle is chairman of the Council of Trustees at Cheyney University, chairman of the Hospitals and Higher Education Facilities Authority of Philadelphia and serves as Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s appointee on the Independence Blue Cross Board.  Active in many professional, civic and social organizations, Bogle serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Mann Music Center for the Performing Arts, 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.

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.

The NNPA has honored the Tribune at least five times, 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 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 board affiliations include the Philadelphia Museum of Art Corporate Partners Board, the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, PNC advisory board, and PRWT.  Mr. Bogle is a founder, and serves as a Convener, for the Forum for a Better Pennsylvania, a state-wide, private-sector leadership organization committed to enhanced 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 a honorary doctorate of Literature from Lincoln University.  He is a member of Alpha Boule’ Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  He is also a member of The Pennsylvania Society and Philadelphia Community of Leaders.  

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 remains committed to his role as an ambassador for the birthplace of America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.