Brian Blansett takes office as OPA president

Brian Blansett was elected as president of the Oklahoma Press Association on June 9, 2017, during the OPA Convention in Oklahoma City.
Blansett, publisher of the Tri-County Herald in Meeker, will serve a one-year term, beginning July 1. He succeeds Dayva Spitzer, co-publisher of The Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat, who will serve a one-year term as past president.
Other officers elected at the meeting were Ted Streuli, The Journal Record, as vice president; and Rusty Ferguson, The Cleveland American, as treasurer. 
Alan Herzberger from The Oklahoman was elected to a three-year term as director, and John Denny Montgomery from The Purcell Register was re-elected to a three-year term. Elected to complete two years of a vacated three-year term was Zonelle Rainbolt, The Cordell Beacon.
"It's an honor to be president of the Oklahoma Press Association, but also humbling when you think of the leaders in journalism who have guided the association in the past," said Blansett. "I hope to live up the legacy they have left."
Blansett said his main goal this year is to guide the board toward establishing a long-term plan that can be used to guide the association's activities for the next three to five years.

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