Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell Monday named Deborah Klein interim chief of the Media Bureau following the departure of current chief Kenneth Ferree March 4.
“I am confident that Deborah will advance the Media Bureau’s examination of the myriad complex issues that confront it. In particular, her knowledge and judgment will be invaluable as we continue to address the regulatory challenges presented by ever-evolving technologies. I wish Ken the best. His leadership will be sorely missed, but I expect the transition for the bureau to be seamless,” Powell said in a prepared statement.
Powell is planning to leave the FCC in March. His successor will decide whether to make Klein the permanent chief or select another person.
Ferree named Klein the bureau’s chief of staff in 2002. She had been chief of the consumer-protection and competition division in the Cable Services Bureau before the Cable and Mass Media bureaus were combined.
Klein, who joined the FCC in 1994, also served as an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition.
She is a graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in political science. She received a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law.