Past Presidents

Our Past Presidents

The Colorado Press Association has a long history of having strong industry leaders — from small to large publications — helping direct it on its path.

An * notes the person has passed on. 

*1878 — W.B. Vickers — Denver Tribune

*1879 — C.W. Bowman — Las Animas Leader

*1880 — R.M. Stevenson — Pueblo Chieftain

*1881 — O.H. Rothacker — Denver Tribune

*1882 — John Arkins — Rocky Mountain News

*1883 — B.W. Steele — Colorado Springs Gazette

*1884 — Gen. George West — Golden Transcript

*1885 — Charles P. Bryan Idaho — Springs Gazette

*1886 — W.G. Smith — Golden Globe

*1887-88 — J.D. Dillenbeck — Denver WNU; Denver Mercury

*1889 — Frank P. Sheafor — Canon City Clipper

*1890 — W.E. Pabor — Fruita Star

*1891-93 — A.E. Pierce — Denver Eye; A.O.U.W. Record

*1894 — J.E. Temple — Denver Western Newspaper Union

*1895 — C.H. Frowine — Manitou Daily Journal

*1896-98 — Charles S. Sprague — Colorado Springs Telegraph

*1899 — Clarence O. Finch — Castle Rock Journal

*1900 — Howard Russell — Ft. Collins Express

*1901 — I.N. Bunting — Grand Junction Sentinel

*1902 — J.T. Lawless — Lamar Sparks

*1903 — Otto H. Wangeli — Boulder Herald

*1904-05 — H.J. Holmes — Glenwood Springs Avalanche

*1906 — O.E. Blair — Trinidad Chronicle-News

*1907 — Charles E. Adams — Montrose Press

*1908 — Guy U. Hardy — Canon City Record

*1909 — George E. Hosmer — Ft. Morgan Herald

*1910 — Frank A. Moore Florence — Paradox

*1911 — Henry F. Lake, Jr. — Gunnison News-Champion

*1912 — John Barkhausen — Denver Democrat

*1913 — W.E. Cain — Cheyenne Wells Republican

*1914 — George McCormick — Fort Collins Express

*1915 — Charles H. Leckenby — Steamboat Pilot

*1916 — Roy Ray — Windsor Poudre Valley

*1917 — David C. Elliott — Colorado Springs Telegraph

*1918 — J.A. Barclay — Grand Junction News

*1919 — C.F. Wadsworth — Denver WNU; resigned (term completed by S.A. Crary, Lamar News)

*1920 — Lois F. Allen — Canon City Leader

*1921 — L.I. Griffin — Ordway New Era

*1922 — Edwin A. Bemis — Littleton Independent

*1923 — J. Leo Sterling — Canon City Record

*1924 — Patrick Byrnes — Pueblo Indicator

*1925 — John N. Green — Colorado Springs Farm News

*1926 — Arthur L. Craig — Greeley News

*1927 — R.J. Ball — Loveland Reporter-Herald

*1928 — A.W. Quin — Alamosa Journal

*1929 — R.B. Spencer — Ft. Morgan Times

*1930 — Mary H. Isham — Brighton Blade

*1931 — Ray Lanyon — Longmont Times

*1932 — M.O. York — Weldona Tribune; resigned (term completed by T.E. Nowels)

*1933-34 — T.E. Nowels — Colorado Springs Gazette & Telegraph

*1935 — Charles A. Stoddard — Craig Empire-Courier

*1936 — Charles E. Adams — Montrose Press

*1937 — Harold H. Smith — Julesburg Grit-Advocate; resigned (term completed by John L. Dier)

*1938 — John L. Dier — Alamosa Courier

*1940 — Preston Walker — Grand Junction Sentinel

*1941 — J. Ember Sterling — Hugo Plainsman

*1942 — Don Hardy — Canon City Record

*1943 — Rae L. Laird — Central City Register-Call

*1944 — Frank S. Hoag, Jr. — Pueblo Star-Journal & Chieftain

*1945 — Rial R. Lake — Gunnison News-Champion

*1946 — Clyde E. Moffitt — Fort Collins Coloradoan

*1947 — Roscoe Bullard — Wray Gazette

*1948 — James Madison — Sterling Farm Journal

*1949 — Dean Hammond — Del Norte Prospector

*1950 — Robert W. Spencer — Fort Morgan Times

*1951 — Richard G. Lyttle — Meeker Herald

*1952 — Lu P. Monroe — Boulder Camera

*1953 — C. Dewey Brown — Cortez Montezuma Valley Journal

*1954 — Al Burtis — La Junta Tribune-Democrat

*1955 — Lonnie Pippin — Monte Vista Journal

*1956 — Fred M. Betz, Jr. — Lamar News

*1957 — Maurice Leckenby — Steamboat Pilot

*1958 — Glen Edmonds — Pagosa Springs Sun

*1959 — Glenn Prosser — Estes Park Trail

1960 — John E. Holden — Loveland Reporter-Herald

*1961 — Dale Cooley — Limon Leader

1962 — Charles A. Stoddard, Jr. — Craig Empire-Courier

*1963 — George E. Oyler — Salida Mountain Mail

*1964 — Joe Payton — Westcliffe Wet Mountain Tribune

1965 — Laurence T. Paddock — Boulder Camera

*1966 — John Jameson — Englewood Herald

*1967 — Coyne Cooley — Akron News-Reporter

1968 — Ken Johnson — Grand Junction Sentinel

1969 — Russ Brown — Cortez Newspapers

1970 — Ed Lehman — Longmont Times-Call

1971 — Gene Wells — Delta County Independent

1972 — Roy Robinson Woodland — Park Ute Pass Courier

1973 — Robert W. Spencer Jr. — Fort Morgan Times

1974 — Charles J. Leckenby — Steamboat Pilot

*1975 — Wallace Foster — Gunnison Newspapers

*1976 — Tom Reeves — Loveland Reporter-Herald

1977 — Wilbur E. Flachman — Eagle Valley Enterprise

1978 — Garrett Ray — Littleton Independent

1979 — Robert Sweeney — Craig Daily Press

*1980 — John Sheldon — Alamosa Valley Courier

1981 — Percy Conarroe — Louisville Times

*1982 — Ruth G. Lehman — Longmont Times-Call

1983 — Gibb Green — Windsor Beacon

1984 — Tom Betz — Lamar Daily News

1985 — Robert Rawlings — Pueblo Chieftain

1986 — Don Schlichting — Durango Herald

1987 — Robert Lombardi — Castle Rock Daily News-Press

1988 — Steve Haynes — Monte Vista Journal

1989 — Merle Baranczyk — Salida Mountain Mail

1990 — Barclay Jameson — Pueblo Chieftain

1991 — J.R. Thompson — Rocky Ford Gazette

1992 — Kay Turnbaugh — Nederland Mountain-Ear

1993 — Dennis Dressman — Rocky Mountain News

1994 — Jean Gray — The Haxtun-Fleming Herald

1995 — Bill Kezziah — The Monument Tribune

1996 — Barrie Hartman — Boulder Daily Camera

1997 — Bill Muldoon — Craig Daily Press

1998 — Jacque Scott — Golden Transcript

1999 — Richard Ballantine — Durango Herald

2000 — Jack Wyss — The Pueblo Chieftain

2001 — Ken Amundson — Lehman Communications

2002 — Dorothy Bland — Fort Collins Coloradoan

2003 — Suzanne Schlicht — Steamboat Pilot & Today

2004 — Suzy Meyer — Cortez Journal

2005 — Andy Stone — Colorado Mountain News Media

2006 — Randy Sunderland — Delta County Independent

2007 — Tom Bredehoft — The Flagler News

2008 — Steve Henson — The Pueblo Chieftain

2009 — Dean Lehman — Longmont Times-Call

2010 — Jeanette Chavez — The Denver Post

2011 — Bob Moore — Fort Collins Coloradoan

2012-13 — Brenda Brandt — The Holyoke Enterprise

2014 — Bryce Jacobson — The Greeley Tribune

2015 — Terri House — The Pagosa Springs Sun

2016 — Keith Cerny — Alamosa Valley Courier