Wisconsin leader named president of newspaper association group

Press release | Directors of newspaper associations

Beth Bennett, executive director of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, was elected president of Newspaper Association Managers at the group’s 98th annual summer conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

Bennett, who has led her state’s trade group since 2010, was previously director of government relations for the Illinois Press Association. She also currently sits on the board of the National Newspaper Association.

Bennett earned a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana and a master’s degree in political studies from the University of Illinois. His family published four newspapers in central Illinois, introducing him to the industry. She becomes the first person to succeed her spouse as president of NAM. David Bennett is the former executive director of the Illinois Press Association and served as president of NAM in 1996.

Vice President Laurie Hieb, executive director of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and secretary Mark Maassen, executive director of the Missouri Press Association, were also elected to leadership positions at the NAM conference. Phil Lucey, executive director of the North Carolina Press Association, was elected to a three-year term on the NAM board. The permanent trustees are Brian Allfrey, executive director of the Utah Press Association, and Susan Patterson Plank, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association.

Steve Nixon, executive director of the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association, becomes past president. Layne Bruce, executive director of the Mississippi Press Association, is the organization’s clerk.

Founded in 1923, NAM is a coalition of state, provincial, regional and national trade associations serving the North American media.

Ida M. Morgan