'Centre Daily Times' Exec. Editor Elected to APME's Leadership Ladder

By: Bob Heisse, executive editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., was elected Wednesday to the leadership ladder of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association.

The APME board's action at its annual conference in St. Louis puts Heisse in line to be president of the national organization of newspaper editors in 2012. Heisse first was elected to the national board in 2007 and has overseen the APME's Innovator of the Year contest each year.

A former president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors, he also is active in the Pennsylvania APME chapter and is slated to be state president in 2011.

APME, an association of editors at AP's 1,500 member newspapers in the U.S. and newspapers served by The Canadian Press in Canada, works closely with the news company to strive for journalism excellence. APME also supports training and development of editors in a changing media landscape and initiatives in online credibility and diversity.

"I'm honored to serve on this board and now to have this opportunity," said Heisse. "The training we provide is critical for newsrooms and our leadership on national reporting projects promotes strong journalism across the country."

Heisse, a Penn State journalism graduate, previously worked at the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News and Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times. He is a member of the Penn State College of Communications Alumni Board and the Centre Communities Chapter of the American Red Cross board.

Other APME incoming officers are president Otis Sanford, editor for opinion and editorials, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tenn.; and vice president Hollis Towns, executive editor of the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, N.J. Heisse will serve as secretary in 2010.


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