Max Heath to retire as NNA Postal Chair

Max Heath – KPA Past President, NNA Postal Chair

This arrived this morning by email from Andrew Johnson,

President of the National Newspaper Association



Alert to NNA Members! And KPA members as well!!

I am writing to tell you about a momentous decision

in the 133-year-old life of the National Newspaper Association.

Our nationally-recognized postal guru, Max Heath,

is officially moving to emeritus status this year.


Send Max a note, a Thank You, Best Wishes to


Succeeding him—because there can really never be a replacement for Max—is our extremely competent government relations committee chair and former NNA President Matthew Paxton IV, publisher of The News-Gazette, Lexington, VA. Matt has been building his postal expertise as one of NNA’s four members on the U.S. Postal Service Mailers Technical Advisory Committee, where we help USPS to shape policies and procedures to help our members.

With this change, I am merging NNA’s Postal and Government Relations committees. This is a natural synergy because so much of what we do on Capitol Hill involves maintaining universal postal delivery and protecting community newspapers’ ability to use the mail. These committees have been meeting annually in tandem for several years.

Now I have asked Matt to formally bring them together. We will call upon individual committee members for assistance through periodic task forces and study groups as we address problems that require particular expertise. We also expect to make our postal assistance to members available through a more formal postal hotline, so we can make sure members receive help from the most qualified expert available when Max is not on call.

The next monthly teleconference for this merged committee will be at 4 p.m. EST Nov. 8. The committee generally meets on the second Thursday of each month.

As to Max, he is not walking away from us. He will continue to be available to advise members, help us work through the difficult challenges of newspapers in the mail and to occasionally attend the MTAC meetings as his time permits. We will recognize Max in a more formal way in person in the coming months. I know all of you join me in a monumental THANK YOU to Max for his generous support and expertise to hundreds of newspapers over the past three decades.

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