The Missouri Press Association Nominating Committee met recently, finalizing a slate of MPA officers and directors for 2020, effective Jan. 1.
The election of MPA officers and directors is scheduled during the annual MPA business meeting Friday, Sept. 27, at the 153rd annual MPA Convention at the Harrah’s Hotel in North Kansas City.
Here are the candidates proposed by the nominating committee:
2020 President, Trevor Vernon, Eldon Advertiser; First Vice President, Liz Irwin, Missouri Lawyers Media, St. Louis; Second Vice President, Roger Dillon, Shannon County Current Wave, Eminence; Secretary, Ruby Bailey, Columbia Missourian; Treasurer, Peggy Scott, Jefferson County Leader, Festus.
Director for two-year terms: Julie Moreno, Independence Examiner, (Roger Dillon open position.)
Directors for three-year terms: Hannah Spaar, The Odessan, Odessa; Amos Bridges, Springfield News-Leader, and Beth Durreman, Perry County Republic-Monitor, Perryville.
Sandy Nelson, Courier Tribune, Liberty, is being nominated as the National Newspaper Association state chair.
Continuing on the MPA Board in 2020 will be directors: Donna Bischoff, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Mary Wilson, Jackson County Advocate, Grandview; Bryan Jones, Versailles Leader-Statesman; and Kevin Jones, St. Louis American.
James White, Benton County Enterprise, Warsaw will serve as immediate past president in 2020.
Stepping down from the MPA Board in December 2019 are Carol Stark, Joplin Globe, and Tianna Brooks, Mountain View Standard News.
The nominating committee, was chaired this year by Carol Stark, Joplin Globe.
The committee members thank everyone who submitted nominations.