Meg Downey

Meg Downey, the former chief marketing officer of Omega Institute, is a leading voice for the environment, education, and social causes. She previously served as executive editor and editorial page editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal and, later, managing editor of the Tennessean in Nashville. Downey has won more than 40 national awards, including twice being designated a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, both as an individual at the Poughkeepsie Journal and as the leader of a team at the Tennessean.

In addition to her work on digital news sites and in newspapers, Downey has been an editor and contributing writer for 10 books, a magazine editor, and a television news show cohost. She also taught a journalism seminar at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie for nine years and has served on the boards of the Associated Press Media Editors, the National Conference of Editorial Writers (now the Association of Opinion Journalists), and the New York Fair Trial Free Press Conference.

Meg Downey has been president of the New York State Associated Press Association and was given the Dutchess Award for Community Leadership by the Dutchess County Historical Society. She currently serves on the boards of the Hudson River Foundation, the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council, and Boscobel House and Gardens.

A graduate of Smith College and mother of two sons, Downey lives in Millerton with her husband, Edward, an attorney and certified financial planner.