Ledger's Schmidt elected to new MPA board term

Staff members earn multiple awards at state contest

Posted 9/23/22

Mexico Ledger publisher and owner Tim Schmidt was elected to a new term on the Missouri Press Association Board of Directors.

He will serve a three-year term beginning in January. He is currently …

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Ledger's Schmidt elected to new MPA board term

Staff members earn multiple awards at state contest

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Mexico Ledger publisher and owner Tim Schmidt was elected to a new term on the Missouri Press Association Board of Directors.

He will serve a three-year term beginning in January. He is currently serving a one-year term on the board. The election was held at the annual Missouri Press Association convention held Sept. 15-17 at Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.

Beth Durreman, advertising consultant at the Laclede County Record, Lebanon, was elected president of the 2023 board. She will succeed Roger Dillon, publisher of the Shannon County Current Wave, Eminence, as MPA president Jan. 1. Dillon will continue on the MPA Board of Directors through 2023 as immediate past president.

Other 2023 MPA officers and directors elected Sept. 16, include First Vice President Amos Bridges, Springfield News-Leader; Second Vice President Peggy Scott, Leader Publications, Festus; Secretary, Kimberly Combs, Wayne County Journal Banner, Piedmont; and Treasurer Mike Scott, NEMO News Media Group, Kahoka.

Others serving on the board in 2023 are Bryan Chester, Columbia Missourian; Presson, Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau; Gary Castor, Jefferson City News Tribune; Bryan Jones, Morgan County Statesman; Kevin Jones, St. Louis American; Donna Bischoff, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Sandy Nelson, Courier Tribune, Liberty; and Hannah Spaar, The Odessan, Odessa.

Retiring from the MPA Board in December is Liz Irwin, Missouri Lawyers Media, St. Louis.

Ledger staffers recognized for work

Two Mexico Ledger staff members were honored with awards in the Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Missouri Press Association and Missouri Press Foundation.

The awards were presented during a luncheon held Saturday at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark.

Publisher Tim Schmidt took first place for Best Front Page Design in the Class 1 category for weeklies.

Sports Editor Jeremy Jacob received a third-place award for Best Sports Pages and honorable mention for Best Feature Story, both in the Class 1 category for weeklies. Jacob was recognized for his work from 2021 while at the Fulton Sun.

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