The West Virginia Press Association was established on June 3, 1869, just six years after West Virginia became a state.
In 1955, the organization began its current structure as a nonprofit trade association representing daily and weekly newspapers in the state.
The 9-member governing board is made up of executives from a mix of daily and weekly newspapers to ensure representation for communities of all sizes from all over West Virginia.
The membership of the West Virginia Press Association elects new officers and board members during its annual meeting in August.
President: Jim Spanner, Publisher, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Vice President, Dailies: Randy Mooney, Publisher, The Register-Herald (Beckley) and Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Vice President, Weeklies: Sandy Buzzerd, President, The Morgan Messenger (Berkeley Springs)
Treasurer: David Hedges, Publisher, Spencer Newspapers, Spencer
Past President: James McGoldrick, Owner and publisher, St. Marys Oracle
Hanna Heishman, Publisher, Moorefield Examiner
Perry Nardo, Publisher, The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register
Robert Snyder, Editor, Spirit of Jefferson
Jim Heady, Publisher, Charleston Gazette-Mail