Madison, Wis.– Steve Dzubay, group publisher of four northwest Wisconsin weekly newspapers, was elected president of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) during the group’s 158th annual convention. WNA is the oldest press association in the world, dating back to 1853.
Dzubay has served as group publisher of the Hudson Star Observer, River Falls Journal, New Richmond News and Pierce County Herald for 16 years. He also serves as assistant director of Rivertown Newspaper Group, a collection of 10 area newspapers owned by Forum Communications Co., of Fargo, ND. With the rise of the Internet, blogs and virtual connectivity everywhere, Dzubay believes “the community newspaper remains a vital component of small-town life and forum for the exchange of ideas in thousands of towns like ours.”
Kent Eymann, publisher of the Beloit Daily News was elected first vice president; Carol O’Leary, publisher of The Tribune-Phonograph (Abbotsford) was elected second vice president; and Chris Hardie, editor of the LaCrosse Tribune and publisher of the Coulee News in West Salem and other weeklies in the River Valley Newspaper Group, was elected third vice president. Kevin Corrado, publisher of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, was elected secretary and Brian Thomsen, publisher of the Valders Journal was elected treasurer. Dzubay succeeds Pieter Graaskamp, publisher of the Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire. WNA is the professional organization representing Wisconsin daily and weekly newspapers. Graaskamp becomes immediate past president.
WNA Foundation also re-elected Genia Lovett, publisher of The Post-Crescent in Appleton and vice president for Gannett Wisconsin Media, to president. George Althoff, communications director for the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions was elected vice president of the WNA Foundation. Attorney James Friedman, of Godfrey and Kahn was re-elected secretary-treasurer.
Primary foundation goals include public education on First Amendment issues, and support of high school and collegiate journalism education.