APME elects new members to board of directors

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Posted: Oct 18, 2015 9:11 PM

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — The Associated Press Media Editors organization elected eight members to its board of directors and installed new leadership Sunday during its joint conference with the American Society of News Editors at Stanford University.

Elected to at-large positions were Michael Anastasi, senior vice president and executive editor of the Los Angeles News Group; Traci Bauer, vice president/news and executive editor of Lohud.com and The Journal News in New York's Lower Hudson Valley; Jane Davenport, managing editor of the Toronto Star; and Michael Days, editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. Also elected to at-large positions were Kurt Franck, executive editor and vice president of The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, and Carlos Sanchez, executive editor of The Monitor in McAllen, Texas.

Ronnie Agnew, executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, was elected as a broadcast representative, and Tom Arviso Jr., chief executive officer of the Navajo Times Publishing Co. and publisher of the Navajo Times, was selected for small-market media. Anne Brennan, project editor of the Cape Cod (Massachusetts) Times website CapeCodOnline.com, was elected to represent online media.

The new APME officers are president, Laura Sellers-Earl, managing editor, The Daily Astorian in Astoria, Oregon; vice president, Bill Church, executive editor, Herald-Tribune Media Group in Sarasota, Florida; secretary, Jim Simon, managing editor, The Seattle Times; and journalism studies chair, Angie Muhs, executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois. The treasurer is Dennis Anderson, editor of the Peoria (Illinois) Journal Star.

The APME also selected its Innovator of the Year, giving the award to the Boston Herald for Boston Herald Radio. Other finalists were the Los Angeles News Group and The Oklahoman. The Herald received $1,000 from GateHouse Media.

The conference, which ended on Sunday, was the second joint conference held by APME and ASNE, the nation's leading organizations for news leaders. The organizations will hold their 2016 conference in Philadelphia.

APME 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.