Free Press's Ben Scott Exits For State Dept. Post

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Free Press policy director Ben Scott has exited the group to take a job in government.

Scott has been named a policy adviser for innovation at the U.S. State Department.

The Free Press policy team, which is pushing hard against the Comcast merger with NBC Universal and for network-neutrality government policies, will be headed by resaerch director Derek Turner.

"We will miss Ben's leadership, wise counsel, and strategic brilliance -- for Free Press and the overall movement for media and technology policy in the public interest," said Free Press President Josh Silver.

Free Press describes itself as a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Scott had been with the group for six years, Turner is a five-year vet, having started out as a research fellow.

Turner was schooled in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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