Granfeldt returns to West Texas as group publisher in Lubbock and Amarillo 4/2/18

Robert Granfeldt has been named the new group publisher of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Patrick Dorsey is named president of SNPA, to succeed Les Simpson 1/30/18

Patrick Dorsey, regional vice president for the Coastal Group of GateHouse Media, and publisher of the Herald-Tribune Media Group in Sarasota, Fla., has been named president of SNPA, effective immediately.

He was appointed by the SNPA Executive Committee to succeed Les Simpson, who stepped down after leaving the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News. Simpson plans to stay in Amarillo and work outside the newspaper industry.

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Amarillo Globe-News Publisher Les Simpson stepping down after 15 years 1/23/18

SNPA President Les Simpson, publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News since 2002, announced his resignation Tuesday morning, saying, "the timing is best for me and this newspaper."

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Thankful for the SNPA staff 11/21/17

By Les Simpson, SNPA president, and president and publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News

As your current president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, I'd like to say how thankful that I am for not only the organization, but especially the staff.

The three people who guide SNPA daily – Edward VanHorn, Cindy Durham and Paulette Sheffield – have dedicated many years to serving you and our industry.

Like us, they love our business and work hard every day to help us and ensure our success.

As we approach Thanksgiving this week, I'd like you to get to know them a little more and be sure, when the opportunity rises, to thank them for everything they do.

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Les Simpson: With friends like Editor & Publisher, who needs enemies? 9/26/17

By Les Simpson, SNPA president, and president and publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News

Last week, E&P sent many in our industry an e-mail with a link to a column. The subject line read: "E&P Exclusive: Newspapers Should Be Transparent About Their Financial Challenges."

It made some claims that the industry isn't being fully truthful about our finances with a few suggestions on how to do it better by someone who left newspapers a decade ago.

I crafted a reply – which you can read here – with the help of a few SNPA board colleagues. My thought was "Wouldn't 'Editor and Publisher' (emphasis added) like to hear the viewpoint of ... say ... a publisher?"

Boy, was I wrong.

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Les Simpson: The barrage of sideline soothsayers is getting a little old 9/26/17

By Les Simpson, SNPA president, and president and publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News

While scanning my e-mail last week, it appeared as if Editor and Publisher had resorted to "click bait" in subject lines to drive traffic.

"E&P Exclusive: Newspapers Should Be Transparent About Their Financial Challenges."

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Les Simpson elected president of SNPA for 2017-18 9/11/17

Lester T. Simpson, publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News, was elected president of SNPA for 2017-18 on Monday afternoon during the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting. Read this article for news about the election of additional officers and directors.

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Nominated as SNPA president 9/5/17

By Lara Strydom, SNPA intern

Part of Les Simpson's plans for SNPA next year is to reassert the importance of newspapers' role in our society and develop strategies to improve the public's perception of the industry.

Simpson also is concerned about negativity within the industry. He remains positive about where newspapers are now and where they are heading, and he sees both challenges and opportunities in the newspaper world.

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Les Simpson nominated as president of SNPA for 2017-18 8/29/17

Lester T. Simpson, publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News, will be nominated during the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting to be the next president of SNPA.

SNPA members will elect officers for 2017-18 on Monday afternoon, Sept. 11, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Read this article to see who has been nominated to the SNPA Board of Directors.

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SNPA members elect new officers/directors for 2016-17 9/15/16

Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, Okla., has been elected as the next president of SNPA.

SNPA members elected officers for 2016-17 at the News Industry Summit in Sarasota, Fla.

Read this article to see who has been elected as additional SNPA officers and as members of the Board of Directors.

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