Don Norman, publisher of the Starkville Daily News, was recently elected president of the Mississippi Press Association and Mississippi Press Services during its 150th annual convention.
Norman, 69, has been publisher of the newspaper since 2000. He is a native of Natchez. He began his career in advertising at The Natchez Democrat, and later served as general manager and vice president of Natchez Newspapers before being named publisher of The Atmore (Ala.) Advance.
He joined The Auburn Bulletin as marketing director in 1987, later becoming special project coordinator for Thomson Newspapers’ Alabama division.
He currently also serves as publisher of the Daily Times Leader in West Point.
He and his wife, Peggy, have two children, a son, Byron, who serves as associate publisher for the newspapers, and Lindsey, an admissions counselor for Mississippi State University.
Also elected as officers of MPA-MPS were Paul Keane, publisher of The Wayne County News in Waynesboro, who will serve as first vice president, and Kevin Cooper, publisher of The Natchez Democrat, who will serve as second vice president. James Arrington Goff, executive editor of The News-Commercial in Collins, was re-elected treasurer.
Joel McNeece, publisher of The Calhoun County Journal in Bruce, becomes immediate past president of the organizations and chairman of the board of the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation.
Joe Coates, publisher of the Copiah County Courier in Hazlehurst was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors.
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