Elizabeth Ailes of Garrison is publisher of the Putnam County News & Recorder and the Putnam County Courier.
Mrs. Ailes comes to the papers after a successful career in broadcasting. She is a 20-year veteran of NBC News, CNBC, and America's Talking, the forerunner of MSNBC. In 2008, she brought her intensity of journalistic focus to The Putnam County News & Recorder as publisher, and in 2009 she took on the same role for The Putnam County Courier. In addition, Mrs. Ailes has continued the newspapers' strong civic involvement, and has expanded their charitable efforts. Those include scholarships for worthy local students.
Mrs. Ailes began her career at NBC News Radio and NBC News after graduating with a B.S. Degree in Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. She was the first producer hired at CNBC and part of a 3-person team responsible for launching the network in April 1989. Mrs. Ailes later became Director of Business Programming at CNBC, before becoming Vice President of Programming at America’s Talking, the predecessor to MSNBC.
Mrs. Ailes is the owner of the Hudson Valley Freedom Press, where she publishes the 149-year-old Putnam County News & Recorder, which hits newsstands on Wednesdays; and the Putnam County Courier, New York State's oldest, continually published weekly, established in 1841 and available every Thursday.
In April of 2009, the Courier was threatened with extinction when its parent company went into bankruptcy. Mrs. Ailes realized what a tragic loss it would be to lose this locally based news source and center of the community for over a century, and stepped in to preserve it.
She is married to Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. They were married on Valentine's Day 1998. They have a son, Zachary, who was born on New Year's Day 2000. The Ailes family home is in Garrison, New York.
Mrs. Ailes is the recipient of the Whipple Foundation’s 2010 Preserve Putnam Award, given annually since 1999 for her efforts to save the Courier and community service. She is also the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. Mrs. Ailes recently restored a historic building on Main Street in Cold Spring to its original 1908 grandeur. After lovingly overseeing every detail, the former Old Homestead Club is now home to the production offices for both the PCN&R and Courier.
In 2013 at the 68th Annual Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, Mrs. Ailes received the “Christmas Angel” award. The event raised a record $1.6 million to help women and children served by programs affiliated with the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.