James Trengrove

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James (Jim) Trengrove is the Senior Director of Communications at ICANN,[1] where he has been since 2009, previously as Media Consultant Strategist. He has worked as a journalist for 32 years, spending 21 years as an executive producer for The News Hour, and also working in local and international news.[2] He is the President and Founder of the Barnaby Woods Group, a media consultant company.[3][4]


Mr. Trengrove's responsibilities with ICANN include developing, implementing, and maintaining the communications plan regarding new developments there; much of this work surrounds the new gTLD program.[5] Thus, he is often labelled as a Spokesman for ICANN when talking to major media outlets regarding the historic developments currently being made by the body.[6][7] He produced the documentary, Fathers of the Internet, about Vint Cerf, Robert Kahn, and other Internet pioneers; there was a screening of the film at ICANN 40 in San Francisco before Vint Cerf gave a speech as part of a NARALO showcase.[8]

Following the April 2013 appointment of Duncan Burns as Vice President of Global Communications, Mr. Trengrove's focus shifted from leading the communications department to the expansion of ICANN’s media platforms.[9]


Much of his extensive career was spent as a Senior Producer for "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer"; he was responsible for the content surrounding national politics and activities in Washington D.C., and eventually created a special "Capital Hill Unit". He was also responsible for developing the program's famous presidential election coverage.[10]

Since becoming a media consultant in 2008, Mr. Trengrove has spent some 3 months in Daku, Azerbaijan helping create and produce a news-based debate program. He worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and negotiated their contract with the Public Television Network. He was responsible for the show's dynamic multi-location format, set design, audience participation elements, and other important format decisions.[11]


James Trengrove wrote and produced a documentary in 2000, Debating Our Destiny: Forty Years of Presidential Debates, it was later nominated for an Emmy.

Mr. Trengrove was granted Harvard University's prestigious Nieman Fellowship in 2001.[12] The grant allows mid-career journalists to pursue projects of special or unique interest; there are about 12 individuals from the U.S. selected every year.[13]

During his time at The News Hour, his Congressional News unit was a 3 time recipient of the Joan Barone Shorenstein Award for Washington-based reporting.[14] When he was working with "Chicago Tonight" they received 2 Emmys.[15]

Fun Fact

He has interviewed the last 5 presidents, including Barack Obama.[16]