Calhoun County Journal Publisher Joel McNeece was re-elected for another term on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Press Association during the Tri-State Press Convention in Tunica June 24.
McNeece has served on the MPA Board since 2008.
Wyatt Emmerich, publisher of The Northside Sun, became the third generation member of his family to take the reins of the state press association.
His father, the late John Emmerich, former publisher of The Greenwood Commonwealth, served as MPA president from 1982-1983. His grandfather, the late J. Oliver Emmerich, former publisher of The Enterprise-Journal, was president of the Association in 1928.
Wyatt Emmerich accepted the gavel from outgoing president Reece Terry, publisher of The Daily Corinthian, who becomes Chairman of the MPA Education Foundation.
Emmerich, who first joined the MPA Board in 1999, joked about the length of time it took for him to be elected president.
“It seems like I was on the board for 20 years before you decided to make me president,” he said after accepting the gavel. “But it is an honor for me to serve and I accept the responsibility with gratitude.”
Emmerich Newspapers operates two dozen community daily and weekly newspapers in three states.
Emmerich was born in McComb and is a 1976 graduate of Greenwood High School. He graduated from Harvard in 1980 and while there served as editor of The Harvard Crimson. He also has a masters degree in business from UCLA.
He has been a reporter for the Greenwood Commonwealth, Cocoa Today in Florida, the Dallas Times Herald and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He worked on Wall Street with Merrill Lynch as an investment banker to the newspaper industry. Prior to that he was a senior analyst for strategic planning at the New York Times Company.
Emmerich is married to the former Ginny Knight of Taylorsville. They have three children, John, 13, Lawrence, 11, and Ruth, 8.
Also elected to leadership positions on the Board of Directors were Vice President for Dailies Jimmy Clark, general manager of The Vicksburg Post; Vice President for Weeklies James E. Prince, III, publisher of The Neshoba Democrat and president of Prince Newspaper Holdings; and Treasurer David Hampton, editorial director for The Clarion-Ledger.
Elected to a three-year term on the board was James Arrington Goff, executive editor of The News-Commercial in Collins. Goff had previously been serving as a director for the MPA Education Foundation.
Returning for a three-year term on the board are sitting members Joel McNeece, publisher of The Calhoun County Journal, and Paul Keane, publisher of The Wayne County News.
Founded in 1866, MPA is the trade association for 115-member newspapers in the Magnolia State. Its business affiliate, Mississippi Press Services, was founded in 1978 and serves as a marketing representative and advertising placement agent for member papers. The MPA Education Foundation was established in 1983 to provide scholarships and internships to student journalists and grants to universities and colleges for the instruction of journalism.
Pictured, from left, MPA Board members Randy Ponder, Sea Coast Echo; Paul Keane, Wayne County News; Joel McNeece, Calhoun County Journal; Reece Terry, Daily Corinthian; Charlotte Wolfe, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal; Jim Prince, Neshoba Democrat; Wyatt Emmerich, Northside Sun; Skippy Haik, Laurel Leader Call; David Hampton, Clarion Ledger; Mark Williams, Bolivar Commercial; Rupert Howell, The Panolian; Clay McFerrin, Charleston Sun-Sentinel; Jimmy Clark, Vicksburg Post; Layne Bruce, MPA Director.