(AP) Two incumbents and four new members were elected to the board of directors of The Associated Press in results announced at the annual meeting of the news cooperative.
Re-elected to new three-year terms in all-mail balloting were Walter Hussman Jr., publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of Little Rock, and Robert Woodworth, president and chief executive officer of Pulitzer Inc. of St. Louis. The results were announced Monday.
New members are Jay R. Smith, president of Cox Newspapers Inc.; Gary Pruitt, chairman, president and CEO of the McClatchy Co.; Douglas H. McCorkindale, chairman, president and CEO of Gannett Co. Inc.; R. John Mitchell, president and publisher of the Rutland (Vt.) Herald and the Barre-Montpelier (Vt.) Times Argus.
Mitchell was selected to represent a city of less than 50,000 population.
Voting was based on membership bonds held by the newspapers that make up the news cooperative. The results were:
Smith, 21,183 votes;
Steven O. Newhouse, chairman of Advance.Net and editor-in-chief of The Jersey Journal, Jersey City, N.J., 13,470; James A. Moss, president and publisher of the Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y., 7,855; Sherman Frederick, president of Stephens Media Group, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas, 6,228; Douglas Ray, president and CEO of the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill., 3,683.
In the separate election to represent a city of less than 50,000 population, Mitchell had 16,399 votes, and Hal Tanner, Jr., publisher of the Goldsboro (N.C.) News-Argus, received 9,201 votes.
The four new members will fill vacancies created by retirements from the board. John W. Madigan, chairman of Tribune Co. in Chicago, will be retiring from his company this year and chose not to stand for a third term. Sue Mayborn, editor and publisher of the Temple (Texas) Daily Telegram, chose not to stand for a second term as her city population rose to more than 50,000, making her ineligible in that category. John J. Curley, retired chairman of Gannett Co. Inc., and Orage Quarles III, publisher of The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., both have served the maximum of three three-year terms.