Tony Ronzio elected MPA president

   Tony Ronzio, managing editor and publisher of the Kennebec Journal, was elected president of the Maine Press Association Board of Directors at its Oct. 16 annual meeting. Ronzio joined the Kennebec Journal in November 2009 as managing editor and promoted to publisher earlier this year. Prior to that, he was the editorial page editor for the Sun Journal in Lewiston for three years and a staff writer for Village Soup Media.
   Mike Dowd, editor in chief of the Bangor Daily News, was elected 1st vice-president of the association; Bill Trotter, staff writer for the Bangor Daily News,  is the new 2nd vice-president; Jeff Ham, deputy city editor for the Potland Press Herald was elected secretary; and Mark Putnam, managing editor of Northeast Publishing, was re-elected as board treasurer.
   Thanks to a by-law change approved at the 2009 annual meeting, the Board of Directors now has 15 members. Newly-appointed directors are Earl Brechlin, managing editor of the Mount Desert Islander and a past president of the MPA; Holly Edwards, editor of the Bar Harbor Times; Denise Vear, creative services coordinator of the Morning Sentinel; and Mike Lange, copy editor and correspondent for the Sebasticook Valley Weekly. Lange and Ham are both former MPA executive directors.