Karen Magnuson Picked to Lead APME

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Karen Magnuson, editor and vice president for news of the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle, has been elected president of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association.

Her election came during a meeting of the newly elected APME board of directors at the end of the association’s annual conference, which concluded Saturday. Magnuson will serve a one-year term and preside over the group’s 2007 gathering Oct. 3-6 in Washington.

David Ledford, executive editor of The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., was chosen vice president in the annual rotation of top officers. Others elected were Bobbie Jo Buel, executive editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Ariz., as secretary, and Steve Sidlo, editor and publisher of the Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun, as chairman of Journalism Today committees. Earlier in the week Otis Sanford, managing editor of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., was elected vice chairman of those committees.

APME members returned five incumbents to the association’s 32-member governing board and elected five new directors. Re-elected were Karen Peterson, the association’s treasurer and managing editor of The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.; Andrew Oppmann, executive editor and general manager, The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wis.; Calvin Stovall, executive editor, Press and Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, N.Y.; and Ken Tuck, managing editor, Dothan (Ala.) Eagle. All will serve three-year terms. Joe Garcia, elected a year ago to represent newspapers under 35,000 circulation, ran again for an at-large seat after becoming an editor at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. He was elected to fill a one-year unexpired term.

Also elected to three-year terms were Peter Kovacs, managing editor, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, and Carole Tarrant, managing editor, The Roanoke (Va.) Times.

Jill Nevels-Haun, managing editor of The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W.Va., was elected to represent newspapers under 35,000 circulation while Rob Humphreys, managing editor, Culpeper (Va.) Star-Exponent, was elected to fill Garcia’s two-year unexpired term.

Robin Henry, deputy managing editor of ajc.com for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was elected to a three-year term as an online representative and Ken Chavez, managing editor for interactive media of The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, was elected to fill an unexpired two-year online seat.

APME is an association of editors at 1,500 AP member newspapers in the U.S. and the Canadian Press in Canada.

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