Campbell, Jr. re-elected chairman of NNPA

Cloves Campbell, Jr

Cloves Campbell, Jr

Cloves Campbell, Jr., publisher of the Arizona Informant, was re-elected to a second term as chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association at the NNPA’s annual convention here. The voting took place on Friday, near the conclusion of the association’s four-day convention.

“I am honored that my colleagues have chosen to give me another term as chairman,” said Campbell, head of a federation of nearly 200 newspapers with a combined readership of more than 19 million. “It was a strong vote of confidence for our leadership team as we embark on a strategy that includes collaborating with other organizations, forming new partnerships and inviting a new generation of readers to step into the ever evolving world of the Black Press.”

The other officers included:

First Vice Chair Mollie Finch Belt, Dallas Examiner

Second Vice President John B. Smith, Sr., Atlanta Inquirer

Secretary Natalie Cole, Our Weekly

Treasurer Lenora Alexander, Denver Weekly News

Other board members elected included: At-Large-Member Denise Rolark Barnes, Washington Informer and At-Large-Member Karen Carter Richards, Houston Forward Times.

Elected from the regions were: Region I, Miatta Smith, New York Beacon; Rod Doss, New Pittsburgh Courier; Region II, Bobby R. Henry, Sr. Westside Gazette; Mary Alice Thatch, Wilmington Journal; Region III, Hiram Jackson, Michigan Chronicle; Shannon Williams, Indianapolis Recorder

Region IV, Joycelne Fadojutimi, East Texas Review; Doris Ellis, Houston Sun; Region V, Amelia Ashley-Ward, San Francisco Sun Reporter; and Chris B. Bennett, Seattle Medium.

Those elected to the NNPA Foundation Board included: Thomas H. Watkins, Jr., New York Daily Challenge; Jackie Hampton, Mississippi Link; Mary Denson, Windy City Word; Beverly Stanton McKenna, New Orleans Tribune; and Pluria Marshall, Wave Community Newspapers.  Continuing to serve as community representatives on the NNPA Foundation Board are: Ron Busby, U.S. Black Chamber, Inc.; Xernona Clayton, Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc.; and Dirk A. Hargraves, Vox Global.

NNPA Regional presidents: Region I, Denise Rolark Barnes, Washington Informer; Region II, Fran Farrer, County News; Region III, James R. Crosby, City News; Region IV, Tommy Wyatt, The Villager; and Region V, Peggy Hunt, Tri-County Sentry.