Washington Post senior editor Milton Coleman has won the presidency of the American Society of News Editors, the media advocacy group announced today.
Coleman succeeds Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel editor Martin Kaiser, whose term expired. Kaiser now sits on the ASNE board, as is customary for a former ASNE president.
In his acceptance speech, Coleman compared news editors to Abraham Lincoln:
In a manner of speaking, we, too, today, like Lincoln, are on a battlefield, testing whether this free press, our new journalism, can endure. There are legal adversaries. There are governmental adversaries. There are ideological adversaries. There are financial and spiritual adversaries. The road ahead on the business side is treacherous.
ASNE also elected other members to assorted positions. Find out who landed what office, after the jump.
• Ken Paulson, president and chief operating officer of the Newseum and Freedom Forum became vice president
• Susan Goldberg, editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer became secretary
• David Boardman, executive editor of The Seattle Times became treasurer
Newly elected to the ASNE board were:
• Ronnie Agnew, executive editor of The Clarion-Ledger
• Pamela Fine, Knight Chair in News at The University of Kansas, Lawrence
• Anders Gyllenhaal, executive editor of The Miami Herald
• Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor at The Associated Press
• Melanie A. Sill, editor, The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee.
Many incumbents kept their seats:
• Andrew N. Alexander, ombudsman at The Washington Post
• Jim Amoss, editor of The New Orleans Times-Picayune
• Amanda Bennett, executive editor at Bloomberg News
• Neil Brown, executive editor of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times
• Diana Fuentes, editor of the Laredo (Texas) Morning Times
• John F. Harris, editor-in-chief at Politico
• Anthony Moor, Lead Local Editor at Yahoo!
• Chris Peck, editor of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis
• Mizell Stewart III, editor of the Evansville Courier & Press
• Margaret M. Sullivan, editor of The Buffalo News;
• John Temple, editor of Peer News in Honolulu
• Kenneth E. Tingley, editor of The Glens Falls Post-Star