Board of Directors

The Association originally was established just six years after the state itself, on June 3, 1869. It is now in its 62th year under the current structure as a nonprofit trade association that represents daily and weekly newspapers in West Virginia.

A 14-member board – made up of executives from a mix of daily and newspapers across the state – governs the Association. The structure ensures representation for communities of all sizes from all over West Virginia.

The membership of the West Virginia Press Association elected new officers and board members during their annual meeting at Oglebay Resort Saturday morning.

President – Ed Dawson of The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington

Vice President-Dailies – Jim Spanner of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Vice President-Weeklies – Sandy Buzzerd of the Morgan Messenger

Treasurer – David Hedges of the Spencer Newspapers, Spencer

Past President – Matt Yeager of the Nicolas Chronicle

Directors elected for terms expiring in 2016 – Trip Shumate, Charleston Newspapers in Charleston, and Frank Wood, The Register-Herald of Beckley.

Directors elected for terms expiring in 2017 – Brian Jarvis of the Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg, Ed Martin of the Coal Valley News in Madison; and Randy Mooney of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Directors elected for terms expiring in 2018 – James McGoldrick of the St. Marys Oracle, and Perry Nardo of the Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register.