Gloria Trotter to head press association

Gloria Trotter, co-publisher of The Countywide & Sun in Tecumseh, will take office as president of the Oklahoma Press Association on July 1, 2009.

Trotter, who was elected by OPA business members in February, will serve a one-year term. She succeeds Steve Booher, publisher of the Cherokee Messenger & Republican.
Taking office as vice president is Rod Serfoss, publisher of the Clinton Daily News. Joe Worley, executive editor of the Tulsa World, will serve another one-year term as treasurer.
Dayva Spitzer, co-publisher of the Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat, will begin a three-year term as a board director. Other directors are Rusty Ferguson, The Cleveland American; Jeff Shultz, The Garvin County News Star; Jeff Mayo, Sequoyah County Times; Jeff Funk, Enid News & Eagle; and Robby Trammell, The Oklahoman. Booher will serve a one-year term as past president. Mark Thomas is executive vice president of the press association.
“This is a challenging time for journalists everywhere, including Oklahoma. Economic conditions and changing technology have altered the way we do business, forcing us to find new ways to serve our readers and our communities,” said Trotter.
“Rest assured that our association’s fine staff, led by Mark Thomas, and a very dedicated board of directors, are working hard to adapt to this new playing field.
 “That’s what I see as our prime mission in this coming year – helping our members adapt to these changes in the most efficient way possible. Working together, we will find ways to help our industry survive and prosper in this new digital age,” she said.
“We can do it – and we will do it. Newspapers are here to stay, simply because no one else cares enough to tell the important stories of Oklahoma’s cities and towns like the local newspapers.”
Gloria knows what serving as president of the OPA entails since her husband, Wayne, served in the same capacity in 1999-2000. This is only the second time in the history of the press association that a husband and wife both have held the office.
“It’s kinda strange to be moving into the president’s seat exactly ten years after my husband and partner Wayne, did the same thing. We are both enormously proud to be a part of the OPA, which is far and away the best press association in this great country.”
The Trotters have been publishers and editors of The Countywide & Sun, a weekly  newspaper in Pottawatomie County, since August 1983.
Gloria received a BS in journalism from Memphis State University. Prior to purchasing the newspaper, she worked as news director at  WOPI radio in Bristol, Tenn.; as press aide to U.S. Rep. William C. Wampler; as marketing coordinator at Memphis State University’s Office of Public Service and Continuing Education; and as public information officer and continuing education director at Randolph Technical College (now Randolph Community College) in Asheboro, N.C.
As a journalist, Gloria has won numerous awards including being named as recipient of the 2004 Charles E. Thornton Outstanding Journalism Award, which is presented annually by the Journalism Alumni Board of the University of Memphis. In 2005, she received the National Newspaper Association McKinney Award. She is the only Oklahoman to ever have received the NNA award.