Mi-Ai Parrish is responsible for leading strategic vision at Republic Media, the largest local media operation of the USA Today Network. America’s largest local news company, the network reaches more than 110 million unique visitors a month through digital operations. Before joining Republic Media, Parrish was president and publisher of The Kansas City Star Media Company for four years. She was the first woman and first person of color to hold that position. She served as president and publisher of Idaho’s largest media company for five years before that. Prior to becoming a president, Parrish was an editor and reporter in newsrooms including the San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times, (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, Arizona Republic and The Virginian-Pilot.
Parrish is a two-time Pulitzer Prize juror, longtime member of the Asian American Journalists Association and was named one of the 100 Most Important Minority Journalists of the last century. She’s a journalism graduate of the University of Maryland, which named her a Distinguished Alumna.