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FCC fills senior
staff positions, including Chief of the Office of Workplace Diversity
(December 14, 2009) Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius
Genachowski has announced the appointment of Joel Gurin as Chief of the
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau and Thomas Wyatt as Chief of
the Office of Workplace Diversity. Stuart Benjamin will be joining the
Commission as the agency's first Distinguished Scholar in Residence. He
will reside in the Office of Strategic Planning and will work on
spectrum reform, First Amendment issues, and long-term strategy.
"These talented individuals have extensive experience in the private
sector, the academy, and in public service, including here at the FCC,"
said Chairman Genachowski. "I look forward to drawing on their expertise
as the Commission pursues smart, fact-based policies that protect and
empower consumers, promote competition, and maximize innovation and
Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Joel Gurin -- Mr. Gurin
has a diverse background combining nonprofit leadership, print and Web
publishing, and expertise in consumer issues. He most recently served as
Acting President of NARSAD; as Acting Editor-in-Chief for State of the
USA; and as Senior Vice President of Rodale Interactive. Prior to that,
Mr. Gurin was Executive Vice President of Consumers Union, the nonprofit
publisher of Consumer Reports, for almost a decade. He launched and grew
Consumer Reports' Web site, the world's largest information-based paid
subscription site. Mr. Gurin began his career as a science and medical
journalist, winning several national awards. Mr. Gurin received his B.A.
in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University, magna cum laude.
Chief, Office of Workplace Diversity, Thomas Wyatt -- Mr. Wyatt has
spent much of his career at the FCC extensively involved in complaint
and other consumer-related activities. Most recently, he served as
Deputy Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Mr. Wyatt
also served in that Bureau's predecessor, the Consumer Information
Bureau, as Associate Bureau Chief for Operations and was Senior Counsel
for Disabilities Enforcement in the Enforcement Bureau. He began his
career at the FCC in 1984 as a staff attorney in the former Mass Media
Bureau. He joined the Common Carrier Bureau in 1986 where he served as
Chief of the Formal Complaints and Investigations Branch and, later,
Associate Chief of the Enforcement Division. Mr. Wyatt received his B.A.
from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from American University's
Washington College of Law.
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Office of Strategic Planning, Stuart
Benjamin -- Professor Benjamin is on leave from Duke Law School, where
he is the Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law. He specializes in
telecommunications law, the First Amendment, and administrative law.
Before teaching law, Professor Benjamin clerked for Justice David H.
Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court; worked as an attorney-advisor in the
Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice; worked as an
associate with Professor Laurence Tribe; and served as a staff attorney
for the Legal Resources Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He is
co-author of Telecommunications Law and Policy (1st ed. 2001, 2nd ed.
2006), has written numerous law review articles, and has provided
testimony to the Senate as a legal expert. He received his J.D. and B.A.