Board of Directors

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.  

2018 West Virginia Board of Directors President Jim Spanner

President: Jim Spanner, Publisher, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Vice President, Dailies:  Vacant

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


Randy Mooney, Publisher, The Register-Herald (Beckley) and Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Hanna Heishman, Publisher, Moorefield Examiner

Perry Nardo, Publisher, The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

There is currently one vacant director spot on the board.