Eve Burton is senior vice president and general counsel of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 global businesses.
Hearst’s major interests span cable entertainment and syndication, interactive and emerging digital media, local broadcast television, magazines, newspapers, and real estate as well as business information companies that create and deliver content, analytics, and workflow solutions for the finance, healthcare, and transportation industries worldwide.
Burton is a member of the Hearst board of directors. She has overall responsibility for day-to- day management for the office of general counsel, which provides legal services to all of Hearst’s businesses around the world. She also manages corporate human resource issues, labor relations and government affairs. Burton has been one of Hearst’s leaders in establishing worldwide strategic enterprise deals with partners. Additionally, she is a member of Hearst’s venture committee, which funds digital initiatives and is a leader of HearstLab, which fosters innovation and investment in early stage businesses led by women.
Burton sits on the board of directors of Intuit, Inc., and prior to that was on the board of directors of AOL until its recent sale to Verizon. She is a member of the advisory board of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford and Columbia Universities.
Prior to joining Hearst, Burton served as vice president and chief legal counsel at CNN, where she oversaw all legal matters relating to news and other programming on CNN networks and websites. From 1995 to 2000, Burton was at the New York Daily News as the deputy general counsel. She began her career at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, after serving as a law clerk for the Hon. Leonard B. Sand in the United States District Court of New York. Burton was a Fulbright Research Scholar at Thammasat University in Bangkok.
The Hearst office of general counsel has a dedicated initiative to the ongoing protection of First Amendment rights for its journalists and the preservation of a free press and was awarded a lifetime First Amendment Award from the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press in 2016. Burton and her team have also been recognized by the National Press Club and the New York Press Club. Burton has won the Fulbright Award for her international work. She was also named an Outstanding Woman of the Bar by the New York County Lawyers’ Association.