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Morley L. Piper (1924-2022)

Morley L. Piper, the retired executive director of the New England Newspaper Association and the Clerk of NAM from 1996-2018, died May 12 after a brief illness. He was 97.

Piper was a legendary figure among NAM association executives, and his loss is an enormous one for the small circle of professionals who are NAM members and for our industry at large. His arid sense of humor would dictate he feign aggravation at the adulation expressed in the wake of his death. But there is no other appropriate response to the loss of someone who was one of a kind, and, by that virtue, the last of it.

His obituary appeared in the May 22 edition of The Boston Globe.

Morley L. Piper of Essex, Mass., passed away on May 12, 2022 at Lahey Medical Center in Peabody. He had been fighting increasingly hard to manage age related health problems with the same stoicism and humility he demonstrated throughout his life, in the end he let go peacefully with the family who adored him by his side. For his loved ones, friends, and colleagues, he was a legend whose legacy will not be forgotten.

 

Born October 18, 1924, in Canton, Illinois, he came up an only child in the hard days of the Depression. His mother was a teacher in a rural one-room schoolhouse and inspired in him a lifelong commitment to education, hard work, and devotion to family. He was forced to abandon his dream of a college degree after two years when the United States entered World War II and he enlisted in the army. But he was a loyal alumnus of Illinois College all during his life and always knew the latest basketball team scores. Loyalty was one of Morley's defining traits. He was fiercely devoted to his family and kept lifelong friends close. He was stalwart, determined, ambitious, brave, and had a unique brand of humor. 

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McClure to lead Hoosier State

The Hoosier State Press Association has hired Amelia Dieter McClure as government relations counsel.

 

She will work with executive director and general counsel Stephen Key to forward HSPA’s legislative agenda during the 2022 General Assembly and assume the position of executive director upon his retirement.

 

Key, who announced his retirement earlier this year, will mentor McClure as his successor through May 2022. McClure will then lead the association as the Indiana newspaper industry continues to adapt to Hoosiers’ news consumption needs.

 

McClure comes to HSPA from Indiana University where she has served as assistant director for government relations and compliance for the last two and a half years.

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'True Gentleman': Key retires after 30 years with Hoosier Press
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HSPA’s Karen Braeckel (from left), David Stamps and Steve Key head out to six sites across Indiana in 2001 to listen to input and concerns of HSPA members.

With less than two weeks to go before retiring from HSPA, Steve Key’s desk, normally stacked with deep layers of files and papers, is partially cleaned off. Some boxes are packed. The Legal Hotline is ringing.

Key came to HSPA as an intern in 1993 and will retire as executive director at the end of April. His three decades in between have been filled with advocacy for Indiana newspapers and advice and assistance to the state’s publishers, editors and journalists.

“Think of what has changed in newspapers since Steve came on board,” said Larry Hensely, HSPA board president and general manager at The Hoosier Times.
“I’ve been doing this 27 years and Steve’s been doing it longer than I have,” Hensley said. “It’s amazing, all the stuff he has in that head of his.”


Key graduated from Butler University in 1977 with a degree in journalism. He worked for newspapers for 13 years in Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana before deciding to attend law school.

On the advice of his wife, Gayle, Key sought out the guidance of a career counselor who said tests indicated he would be suited for international law.

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