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Newspaper Association Managers, Inc. (NAM) is a professional organization of executives of state, regional, national and international newspaper associations headquartered in the United States and Canada. NAM fosters communication and the sharing of ideas and information among its members for the benefit of the newspaper associations managed by NAM members.

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NAMers in Charleston, SC, for the 2022 Advertising Conference

Hieb elected NAM President

Laurie Hieb, executive director of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, was elected president of Newspaper Association Managers, Inc. (NAM), for 2022-2023 during the organization's annual summer conference Aug. 5 in Austin, Texas.

Hieb has served as ONPA's chief executive since 2007 and was previously the association's business development director for three years prior. She is a graduate of Oregon State University.

Also elected to officer positions were Vice President Mark Maassen, executive director of the Missouri Press Association, and Secretary Brian Allfrey, executive director of the Utah Press Association. Ashley Wimberley, executive director of the Arkansas Press Association, was elected to serve a three-year term on the board.

Beth Bennett, executive director of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, becomes immediate past president. Continuing directors are Susan Patterson Plank, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association, and Phil Lucey, executive director of the North Carolina Press Association. Layne Bruce, executive director of the Mississippi Press Association, serves as the organization's clerk.

Celebrating its centennial year in 2023, NAM is a coalition of state, provincial, and national trade groups representing the newspaper media industry in the United States and Canada.



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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