APME elects new officers, directors
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Posted by: Angie Muhs
Alan D. Miller, managing editor for news at The Columbus Dispatch, was elected president of the Associated Press Media Editors at the group's annual conference in Chicago.
Miller has been involved with APME for more than a decade and on the board since 2008. As vice president this year, Miller helped oversee APME’s committees, including NewsTrain, the trade organization’s marquee continuing-education program.
"The continued strong interest in NewsTrain workshops, and the big turnout for this year’s annual conference in Chicago shows the importance of this organization for the future of the industry,” Miller said. “I’m honored to be part of an association of such hard-working journalists whose goal is to support newsrooms amid constant change.”
Following the success of the first-ever joint conference by APME and the American Society of News Editors this year, Miller said two groups are planning a joint conference again in 2015 — in October on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif.
APME is an association of editors at Associated Press member news organizations — print and broadcast — in the U.S. and newspapers served by The Canadian Press in Canada. The group works closely with the AP to strive for journalism excellence. APME also supports training and development of editors; champions First Amendment rights, particularly when it comes to public-access issues; as well as initiatives in diversity and accuracy.
Miller began his career as a reporter and editor at The Daily Record in Wooster, Ohio; worked as a business reporter at The Repository in Canton, Ohio; and started at The Dispatch in 1984 as a regional reporter. He covered several beats before moving into the editing ranks, becoming managing editor for news in 2004.
Miller will serve as APME president until the next APME conference in October 2015. He takes over from Debra Adams Simmons, former editor of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and now an executive with that newspaper’s parent company, Advance Publications. Adams Simmons will become president of the APME Foundation.
Other officers elected to APME board leadership were vice president Teri Hayt, executive editor of The Repository in Canton; and secretary Laura Sellers, managing editor of The Daily Astorian, in Astoria, Ore. Joining the leadership ladder is Bill Church, executive editor of the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Fla., who will become president in 2017.
Re-elected to the board were Church; Lawrence “Sonny” Albarado, projects editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Joe Hight, editor of The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Gary Graham, editor of the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash.
Others elected to the board were: Cate Barron, a previous APME board member who is vice president for PA Media Group that includes The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa.; George Rodrigue, vice president and managing editor of the Dallas Morning News; Russ Mitchell, managing editor and lead anchor for the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news broadcasts for WKYC-TV in Cleveland; Ray Rivera, editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican; Chris Quinn, vice president of content for the Northeast Ohio Media Group, representing Cleveland.com, The Plain Dealer and Sun newspapers; Jack Lail, a previous APME board member and director of digital operations at the Knoxville News-Sentinel; and Kelly Fry, editor and vice president of news at The Daily Oklahoman Publishing Co.