Ryan Craig takes over as KPA President

Ryan Craig

Loyd Ford

Peter Baniak





Jay Nolan

Kim Woods

Ryan Craig, publisher of the Todd County Standard in Elkton, took office Friday as president of the Kentucky Press Association.

Ryan was installed during the organization’s 148th anniversary celebration. KPA, the 10th oldest state press association in the country, is preparing for its Sesquicentennial in 2019.

Ryan is a legacy as KPA President. His uncle, the late Rev. Larry Craig, served as KPA President in 1989.

Loyd Ford, publisher of The Lake News in Calvert City, was the 2016 KPA President and is now Immediate Past President. Also taking office at the group’s convention at the Marriott East in Louisville, were Peter Baniak, vice president for editorial of the Lexington Herald-Leader, President Elect; Jay Nolan, publisher of The Mountain Advocate, Barbourville, Vice President; and Kim Woods, vice president for advertising at the Herald-Leader/H-L Media, Treasurer.

Friday night, KPA announced its Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers contest for 2016. The contest focused on news, photography and newspaper design.

Newspapers receiving first place General Excellence honors for their respective circulation categories were the Henry County Local, New Castle; Oldham Era, LaGrange; Corbin/Whitley News Journal; Kentucky Standard, Bardstown; Corbin Times-Tribune; Elizabethtown News-Enterprise; Louisville Courier-Journal; Fort Campbell Courier; The Bridge, a student publication at Somerset Community and Technical College; and the Kentucky Kernel, the student publication at the University of Kentucky.

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