July 4, 2017

Leavell elected chairman of the NNPA

Dorothy R. Leavell, publisher of the Chicago Crusader and sister publication the Gary Cursader, was re-elected to serve as chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). The Pine Bluff, AR, native last served as chairman in back-to-back terms from 1995-1999. In addition to serving as the organization's treasure for 11 years, she has also held posts as a regional board member and was president of their association's nonprofit spinoff, the NNPA Foundation.

Founded in 1940, the NNPA represents African-American newspapers from around 29 states with a combined readership of more than 15 million readers according a press release announcing the appointment. The Baltimore Times (MD), Daytona Times (FL), The Charleston Chronicle (SC) and Omaha Star (NE) are just some of the 200 member publications.

The NPPA also operates an electronic news service called Black Press USA highlighting news, faith-based commentaries and other content supplied by members of interest to the African-American community.

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