APME elects board, installs leaders

AP News
Posted: Sep 20, 2012 8:39 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Associated Press Media Editors organization elected 11 members to its board of directors and installed new leadership Thursday.

Elected to at-large positions were Dennis Anderson, executive editor, Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star; Mark Baldwin, executive editor, Rockford (Ill.) Register Star and The Journal-Standard in Freeport, Ill.; Alan English, vice president of audience, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle; Gary Graham, editor, The Spokesman Review in Spokane, Wash.; Monica R. Richardson, managing editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Laura Sellers, digital development director, East Oregonian Publishing Co.; and Jim Simon, assistant managing editor, The Seattle Times.

Chris Cobler, editor of The Victoria (Texas) Advocate, was elected as the small newspaper representative and Angie Muhs, executive editor/interactive of the Portland (Maine) Press Herald as the online representative.

Broadcast positions on the board went to Eric Ludgood, news director at WGCL/CBS, Atlanta News, and Elbert Tucker, director of news at WBNS-10TV in Columbus, Ohio.

The new officers are president, Brad Dennison, GateHouse Media vice president of publishing-large daily division; vice president, Debra Adams Simmons, editor, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland; secretary, Alan D. Miller, managing editor/news, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch; and journalism studies chair, Teri Hayt, managing editor, Arizona Daily Star. The treasurer is Jan Touney, executive editor, Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa.

APME wraps up its annual convention Friday. Its members are newsroom leaders at newspapers and broadcast outlets, journalism educators and student leaders in the United States and Canada. APME works with The Associated Press to encourage journalism excellence and support training and development of journalists in multimedia newsrooms.