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: Perry Nardo, The Intelligencer & Wheeling News-Register
Vice President of Weeklies: Hannah Heishman, Moorefield Examiner
Vice President of Dailies: Terri Hale, The Register-Herald, CNHI Newspapers
Treasurer: David Hedges, Spencer Newspapers, Spencer
Past President: Sandy Buzzerd, Morgan Messenger, Berkeley Springs
Director – Term expiring in 2026: James McGoldrick, St. Marys Oracle, St. Marys
Director – Term expiring in 2024: Doug Skaff, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
Director – Term expiring in 2025: Scot Refsland, West Virginia Daily News
Director – Term expiring in 2027: Jim Spanner, Parkersburg News and Sentinel
2022 & 2023 WV Press Services officers
President Weekly: Jim McGoldrick, St. Marys Oracle, St. Marys Vice President Daily: Jim Spanner, Parkersburg News and Sentinel Vice President: Doug Skaff, The Charleston Gazette-Mail Treasurer: David Hedges, Spencer Newspapers, Spencer
West Virginia Press Association Foundation Trustees – two-year terms:
President Ed Given, publisher of the Braxton Citizens’ News and Braxton Democrat
Frank Wood, The Register-Herald, retired
Pam Pritt, formerly of The Pocahontas Times
Nanya Friend, Charleston Gazette-Mail, retired
Randy Mooney, Bluefield Daily Telegraph/Beckley Register Herald, retired