Three incumbents, six new members elected to AP board

April, 03, 2012
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Three incumbents and six new members were elected to the board of directors of The Associated Press in results announced Tuesday at the annual meeting of the news cooperative in Washington.

Re-elected to three-year terms were Betsy Brenner, publisher and president of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Steve Swartz, chief operating officer of Hearst Corporation; and Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of the Times Publishing Company.

Of the new members, three were elected to three-year terms. They are Rich Boehne, president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company; Stacey Cowles, publisher of The Spokesman-Review and president of Cowles Publishing Company; and John Winn Miller, publisher of the Concord Monitor, in New Hampshire. 

Robin McKinney Martin, owner of the Santa Fe New Mexican and The Taos News; Jim Moroney, publisher and CEO of the Dallas Morning News; and Bill Nutting, vice president of Ogden Newspapers Inc. were elected to serve the remaining two years on three-year terms brought about by vacancies on the board.

Three directors have completed their service: William Dean Singleton, chairman and CEO of MediaNews Group Inc.; John Mitchell, publisher of the Rutland Herald, in Vermont; and Gary Pruitt, chairman, president and CEO of The McClatchy Company.

AP board Chairman-elect Mary Junck, who is chairman, president and CEO of Lee Enterprises Inc., succeeds Singleton, who has completed a five-year term as chairman of the AP board.

Junck joined the AP board in 2004 and was re-elected to a three-year term by the AP membership in 2007 and again in 2010. She was named vice chairman of the board in 2008 and chairman-elect in 2012.

The new AP board has 19 directors. The board can consist of 18 elected directors with up to six additional appointed directors. Directors are elected annually to three-year terms by AP members, in staggered classes of six each year. Each director is eligible to serve up to a total of nine years.

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