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“What counts beyond fulfilling our
First Amendment responsibility is pro-
viding the readers whom advertisers
want to reach with reading they find
interesting and engaging.”
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SNA OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc .
First Vice Chairman
Recorder Community Newspapers,
Second Vice Chairman
Metroland Media Group Ltd.
Arizona Daily Star
Jon K. Rust
Immediate Past Chairman
Sun Times News Group
The Daily Herald
American Community Newspapers LLC
Antelope Valley Press
NorthWest News Group of Greater Chicago
Patuxent Publishing Company
Holden Landmark Corporation
ASP Westward LP
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Vice President of Operations
SNA Foundation Executive Director
Director of Conferences /Membership Relations
Information Technology Director
Kim Cole 610-345-0795 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales & Marketing Manager
Suburban Publisher Editor
Deb Shaw 610-793-2474; email@example.com
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Operations Manager, Bonnie Pitozzi
Membership Manager, Valerie Donn
Database Marketing Manager, Clara Cherry
Communications Director, Tonya Ratajczak
Accounting Manager, Janice Norman
Who is Michael Phelps? Tell us
I’m a newspaperman whose voca-
tion and avocation are the same. I’m
the father of four (including three-
month-old twins), a former naval
officer who hasn't lost all the slang,
a Miami University (the real one--in
Ohio) graduate, an inveterate reader
of everything and one who likes
beer so cold it makes his teeth hurt.
How did you get into the news-
I was gently guided by professors at
Michigan State's journalism school
away from public relations and into
reporting through flattery about my
writing. One of them came from a
family whose members owned The
Falmouth Enterprise and Martha's
Vineyard Gazette. He, George A.
Hough III, sent me to Falmouth to
be a reporter and work for his broth-
er, Jack. I thought I'd stay for a cou-
ple of years. It took me 15 to learn
enough from Jack Hough to know
how to do what I have later come to
What do you like most about
Encouraging and leading and moti-
vating those who will succeed us.
The defeatism of those lamenting
the loss of the "good old days" and
their apparent and manifest unwill-
ingness to provide the imagination
to create the new "good old days."
When the well runs dry, how do
you recharge the spark?
I enjoy time with my family, lifelong
friends and things and experiences
Irish, nautical, bookish and airline or
What do you know
now that you wish
you knew when
you started in this
What counts beyond
fulfilling our First
bility is providing the
readers whom adver-
tisers want to reach
with reading they
find interesting and
The only thing I
know for sure
about the business
of running news-
It makes the day go
by at warp speed.
Who/what is your
My wife, Adrienne.
The love of competi-
tion and the concomi-
tant hatred of failure.
The world would be a vastly
better place if only people
avoid majoring in the minor.
What three accomplishments
are you most proud of?
My children (four), the privilege of
being the launch publisher of The
Baltimore Examiner, having served
as an officer in the Navy and
Massachusetts Air National Guard.
No one is better than I am when
it comes to.....
I still can’t quite get the hang
changing the password on my office
If you could have dinner with
anyone, living or dead, who
would it be?
Lee Iaccoca Why? Management
If you couldn’t be a newspaper-
man, what would you like to be
Sailing confidently, often and to
previously unvisited ports.
What do you do for kicks?
Fishing, cooking with my wife, read-
ing novels/history, working in the
yard. I'd like to resume playing
racquetball, and I'd like to learn to
play the piano.
Michael Phelps is Chief Executive
Officer of Baltimore-Washington
Examiner Newspaper Group and
Publisher, The Washington Examiner
And you thought you were busy.
Michael Phelps is CEO of Baltimore-Washington Examiner
Newspaper Group and the proud father of three month old twins.
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