(AP) Burl Osborne, publisher emeritus of The Dallas Morning News and chairman of The Belo Foundation, was elected chairman of The Associated Press on Monday, and John J. Curley, retired chairman of Gannett Co. Inc., was chosen as vice chairman.
President and Chief Executive Officer Louis D. Boccardi was re-elected as were all other management officers of the news cooperative at a meeting of the AP board.
Osborne succeeds Donald E. Newhouse, president of Advance Publications Inc. and of The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., who has completed five years as chairman.
Osborne, who had a 20-year career with the AP including the position of managing editor before joining the Morning News in 1980, becomes the second former AP staff member to serve as chairman. The late Paul Miller, who was AP’s Washington bureau chief during World War II and later became president and CEO of Gannett, was chairman of the AP board from 1963 to 1977.
Osborne has served on the AP board since 1993. Curley has served since 1994.
Other AP management officers re-elected to one-year terms were Patrick T. O’Brien, senior vice president and chief financial officer; Jonathan P. Wolman, senior vice president; James M. Donna, vice president and secretary; and vice presidents Vincent J. Alabiso, Thomas R. Brettingen, Claude Erbsen, John W. Reid, Thomas E. Slaughter, Wick Temple, Kelly Smith Tunney, and James R. Williams.
Daniel M. Boruch was re-elected treasurer and Ann Randolph was re-elected assistant treasurer. Other AP management officers re-elected were assistant secretaries Lilo Jedelhauser and Greg Groce.