Nat Lea elected president of America's Newspapers; 8 directors elected to board


Nat Lea, president and CEO of WEHCO Media, Little Rock, Arkansas, was elected president of America's Newspapers today.

He succeeds Alan Fisco, president and chief financial officer of The Seattle Times Company, Seattle, Washington, who becomes immediate past president.

Members elected officers for 2021-22 during the Senior Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs.

In addition to Lea, the following officers were elected:

Vice President: Cameron Nutting Williams, regional publisher and chief revenue officer, Ogden Newspapers, Frederick, Maryland

Treasurer:  Heidi Wright, chief operating officer of EO Media Group and publisher of The Bulletin in Salem, Oregon

Pictured above: Alan Fisco, Cameron Nutting Williams and Heidi Wright

Board of Directors

Eight industry executives were elected to three-year terms on the board of directors:

  • Michael Fishman, publisher, Citizen Tribune, Morristown, Tennessee
  • Donna Gordon, vice president, national and call center advertising, McClatchy, Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • Brian Jarvis, president, WV News, Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Ted McGrew, vice president, sales, newspaper segment, Kodak, Carmel, Indiana
  • Jeff Patterson, president - Central Division, Adams Publishing Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Chris Reen, president and CEO, Clarity Media Group, Denver, Colorado
  • Emily Walsh, president, Observer Media Group, Sarasota, Florida
  • Leonard Woolsey, president, Southern Newspapers, Inc., and president and publisher, The Daily News, Galveston, Texas

Pictured above: Mike Fishman, Donna Gordon, Brian Jarvis, Ted McGrew, Jeff Patterson, Chris Reen, Emily Walsh and Leonard Woolsey

Directors remaining on the board include:

  • John Bussian, attorney, The Bussian Law Firm, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Scott Champion, CEO, Champion Media Company, Mooresville, North Carolina
  • Pat Dorsey, publisher, Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas, and vice president, regional publishing operations, Gannett
  • Mike Gebhart, president and CEO, Southern Community Newspapers, Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Matthew Gray, senior vice president and general counsel, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., Montgomery, Alabama
  • Matt McMillan, CEO, Press Publications, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
  • Camille Olson, partner, Seyfarth Shaw, Chicago, Illinois
  • James Paxton, president and CEO, Paxton Media Group, Paducah, Kentucky
  • Tim Prince, senior vice president, Boone Newspapers, Columbiana, Alabama
  • John Rung, president and CEO, Shaw Media, Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Jason Taylor, president, Gannett VENTURES, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Judi Terzotis, president and publisher, The Times-Picayune | Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana