By: E&P Staff
Frank Deaner, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association (ONA) since 1990, has announced he will retire effective Dec. 31.
Deaner made the announcement during the board of trustees’ recent meeting in Sandusky. ONA President Dick Morris reluctantly accepted Deaner’s letter of retirement, and will chair a search committee that has been appointed to find a successor.
Oct. 22 will mark Deaner’s 20th anniversary as executive director. “I can state, without any hesitation, that this has been the most rewarding and positive experience in my professional career,” he wrote in his resignation letter.
Highlights of Deaner’s time at ONA’s helm include the founding of the Ohio Coalition for Open Government, for which he has served as president; a 2004 statewide public records audit that led to a major reform of Ohio’s Public Records Act in 2006; and tripling the endowment of the Ohio Newspapers Foundation.
In addition, Deaner currently serves on the advisory committee for the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. In 2005, he was presented with the school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the following year he was a member of a five-person delegation organized by Ohio University and the U.S. Information Agency to conduct free-press seminars in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Deaner joined ONA after nearly nine years as vice president of the trade association representing Ohio’s investor-owned electric companies. Between 1970 and 1982 he held a series of positions in broadcast news and management at radio and TV stations in Cincinnati, Zanesville, Lexington, Ky., South Bend, Ind., and Columbus.