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The Colorado Press Association is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. 

Interested candidates should submit a formal letter of interest, outlining industry experience, reasons for wanting to join the Board, and what strengths would be added by their addition. Letters need to be emailed to CEO Jerry Raehal at by 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

One seat is open and uncontested. It is being vacated by Bart Smith, who is leaving the board after finishing his term as Past President.

Director seats for Becky Justice Hemmann of the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor and Jennifer Hefty of the Coloradoan are both up for reelection, and Hemmann and Hefty have both stated they seek to stay on the board.

The Nomination Committee — made up of the five most recent Past Presidents — review nominations, and provide recommendations to the General Membership.

About CPA Board of Directors

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The CPA Board of Directors meets four times a year, typically on Thursday and Friday. Three of the board meetings are in Denver. The main board meetings typically occur on Fridays.

Board members or their newspapers pay for travel, food and lodging. In addition to attending board meetings, directors are assigned to CPA committees that meet variously throughout the year (typically on phone conferences).

The Board of Directors is a “governing” board by law. The role of the board is to govern the organization and serve as its accountable body.

Board roles include:

  • Help create mission, vision, values and policies
  • Provide financial oversight
  • Select and support executive director
  • Approve and review budgets
  • Ensure organization meets regulatory/compliance requirements
  • Exercises due diligence

If you have any questions, contact CEO Jerry Raehal at 303-571-5117 or at