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Malcolm A. Borg

Chairman of the Board - North Jersey Media Group

Mr. Borg’s career in the newspaper business began at The Record in June 1959 as a trainee reporter. He also held a number of positions in the advertising and circulation departments before returning to the news side of the business, where he served at one time or another as reporter, copy editor, fashion editor, sports reporter, boxing writer, photographer, and political reporter.

Appointed to the post of General Manager of The Record in 1968, Mr. Borg launched The Sunday Record with an initial circulation of 168,000.  In 2004, the circulation of The Sunday Record was 225,000. Mr. Borg became Chief Executive Officer of the company on January 27, 1971, succeeding his father, who had held the position since January 1, 1949, when he succeeded his father, John.

In 2004, Advertising Age, an industry publication, ranked North Jersey Media Group as the 103rd largest media company in the United States, which includes such companies as Time Warner, Viacom, the Gannett Company, the New York Times Company, and the Hearst Corporation.

The North Jersey Media Group publishes The Record (Bergen County, NJ) and, as an edition of The Record, the Herald News (Passaic County, NJ), forming the nation’s 64th largest daily newspaper. NJMG also publishes nine paid and 30 free-distribution weekly newspapers in Bergen, Essex, Morris, and Passaic counties, totaling 440,000 copies a week. NJMG also publishes The Parent Paper,  (201), New Jersey Cops, and Kids, monthly niche products; and prints USA TODAY, Investor’s Business Daily, New York Press, The Jersey Journal, amNew York, The Financial Times, and about 40 other newspaper products under contract for others.

Mr. Borg’s prodigious contribution to and involvement in civic, educational, health and environmental activities is a testament to his deep commitment to New Jersey and the nation. He has served on more than 40 civic, professional, and charitable organizations as a member of the board of directors, trustee, or in an executive, but unpaid, capacity.

In the area of public health, New Jersey Governors have appointed Mr. Borg to key positions. He served as a member and vice chairman of the Comprehensive Health Planning Council, New Jersey Department of Health, which was mandated by federal law to coordinate the rapid expansion of health facilities in the state. He was appointed vice chairman by the Governor to the State Advisory Board, New Jersey Department of Health, which was mandated by federal law for the cost containment of health systems. Mr. Borg served as chairman of the Health Care Administration Board, New Jersey Department of Health, the licensing and rate-setting board for all health facilities in the state and which acted as the appeals “court” for any denials of medical facility expansion programs that had previously been denied by the Commissioner of Health.

In Bergen County, he was named “Man of the Year” by Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, NJ, “for his substantial contribution of sound leadership in health-care delivery systems in Bergen County and the State.” Mr. Borg served on the Bergen-Passaic Health Systems Agency, mandated by federal and state law to again contain health care costs. He was a Charter Member of the Holy Name Hospital Regional Kidney Center, Medical Selections Committee, a committee of three people who made choices of unnamed individuals who would receive hemodialysis on a limited number of machines.

The Academy of Medicine of New Jersey bestowed on Mr. Borg its Citizen’s Award “for having contributed in an outstanding fashion to the solution of health and health-care problems in the state.”

His commitment to land conservation and preservation is manifested by his appointment to the Governor’s Task Force to Preserve the Highlands, and he was the sole member of the 19 appointed to represent “the general public” in the State. Mr. Borg was one of five commissioners appointed by the governor of New Jersey to serve on the Palisades Interstate Park Commission – a Commission responsible for maintaining and preserving historical sites on its 100,000 acres of forest and woodland.  The Commission owns and manages Bear Mountain State Park, Harriman State Park, Sterling Forest, and Minnewaska State Park, among others.  Over a 31-year period, Mr. Borg was appointed and reappointed by both Democratic and Republican governors, and has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the Commission.

Among Mr. Borg’s many awards is the Torch of Liberty Award, presented by the Society of Fellows of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, New Jersey. Mr. Borg was the first Bergen County resident to be so honored. He was twice chairman of Tribute to Women in Industry, Northern New Jersey, and the first recipient of the Whitney M. Young Award from the Bergen Council, Boy Scouts of America, “for outstanding services by demonstrated involvement in Whitney Young’s ‘Dream of justice and equality for all’ in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for low-income and urban youth.”

The Urban League Presidents’ Award was bestowed on Mr. Borg “for your and The Record’s outstanding civic contributions made to foster diversity in the workplace and in the community,” and he received the Humanitarian Award from The ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) of Bergen and Passaic counties, “for (the Borg family’s) 50 years of dedicated service in the formation and development of the ARC movement in New Jersey and throughout the nation.”

The National Press Photographers Association named him “Editor of the Year” in recognition of “a varied and distinguished career covering most facets of the newspaper business.” He serves on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Press Foundation, and is a former member of the Board of Directors and past president of the New Jersey Press Association.

In addition, Malcolm Borg found time to be active in the Amateur Hockey Association. Dating from the time his older son began to play, he qualified to be an on-ice hockey referee for boys six-15 and was selected by the referee-in-chief of the Mid-Atlantic region of Amateur Hockey Association of the United States to supervise 105 officials in northern New Jersey and southern New York. Borg notes, “I stopped officiating when the kids could skate faster than I could.”

Mr. Borg graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, PA, and later served as president of the School’s Alumni Association and as a Trustee. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of General Studies, and currently serves as chairman of the Advisory Council to the Dean.  Columbia University’s highest alumni honor, the Alumni Federation Medal, was awarded to Mr. Borg for “conspicuous Columbia alumni service.”  He is also the recipient of The Owl Award, bestowed by the President of Columbia University and the Dean of the School of General Studies “to one who has by his life and accomplishments distinguished himself in the public service so as to bring credit to Columbia University and the School of General Studies.”

Mr. Borg also attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration’s 19th Program for Management Development, and served two terms as worldwide president of the Harvard Business School’s Alumni Association.

He and his wife, Sandra, have three children, John, Jennifer and Stephen, and three grandsons.

 

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