April 4, 2012

James M. Moroney III Elected Chairman of Newspaper Association of America

NAA elects new officers, board members for 2012-2013

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- James M. Moroney III, publisher and chief executive officer of The Dallas Morning News, has been elected to serve as the Newspaper Association of America's next chairman. The gavel was passed to Moroney by last year's chairman, Michael E. Reed, CEO of GateHouse Media Inc., during NAA mediaXchange 2012 held here April 2-5. Reed will continue to serve on the NAA Board of Directors as immediate past chairman.

Moroney became publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News in June 2001. A member of A.H. Belo Corp.'s Management Committee, he served as president of Belo Interactive Inc. from its inception in May 1999 to 2001, and as executive vice president/Belo with responsibilities for all of the company's television stations from 1997 to 1999.

Other NAA officers elected were: Robert Nutting, president and CEO of The Ogden Newspapers, vice chairman; Robert Dickey, president of Gannett U.S. Community Publishing, secretary; and Donna Barrett, president and CEO, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., treasurer.

Elected to additional two-year terms on the NAA Board of Directors were: Douglas Franklin, Cox Media Group Inc.; Christian A. Hendricks, The McClatchy Co.; Stephen P. Hills, The Washington Post; Tony W. Hunter, Chicago Tribune Co./Tribune Publishing; Marshall Morton, Media General Inc.; Greg Osberg, Philadelphia Media Network Inc.; Charles Peters, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Michael Romaner, Morris Communications Co. LLC; and Steven J. Smith, Journal Communications Inc.

Mark E. Aldam of Hearst Newspapers and Timothy E. Stautberg of The E.W. Scripps Co. were elected to initial two-year terms on the NAA Board of Directors.

Aldam became president of Hearst Newspapers in 2011. He was named executive vice president/deputy group head in 2010, with oversight of eight Hearst properties. He joined Hearst in 2006 as publisher of the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., serving three years in that capacity. Prior to that, he was senior vice president/chief operating officer of the Hartford (Conn.) Courant.

Stautberg, senior vice president/newspapers at Scripps, served for three years as the company's senior vice president/chief financial officer and for nine years as vice president of corporate communications and investor relations. He joined Scripps in 1990 and held various positions at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver before moving to the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif., as general manager.

About NAA

NAA is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 newspapers and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and Canada. NAA members include daily newspapers as well as nondailies, other print publications and online products. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the association focuses on the major issues that affect today's newspaper industry: public policy/legal matters, advertising revenue growth and audience development across the medium's broad portfolio of products and digital platforms. More information about NAA and the industry is available at www.naa.org .