CNPA Mission Statement

To protect and serve the common interests of its newsmedia members, to help members inform and thereby strengthen their communities, and to foster the highest ideals, ethics and traditions of journalism, a free press and the news profession.

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Mission and Purpose Statement

California News Publisher Association

To protect and serve the common interests of its newsmedia members, to help members inform and thereby strengthen their communities, and to foster the highest ideals, ethics and traditions of journalism, a free press and the news profession. The California News Publishers Association shall achieve its mission by engaging in conduct that will achieve the following purposes:

PROTECT the News Publisher Business. Mindful of news publishers’ unique role in society, CNPA shall work to protect the rights of members to create and distribute the news without interference, to minimize the burdens of regulation on all aspects of news publishing operations and generally to improve the legal and regulatory environment for doing business in California.

ENHANCE First Amendment Freedoms. CNPA shall work to advance the constitutional rights of all Californians to free speech and a free press.

ENSURE the Public’s Right to Know. CNPA shall ensure the civil right of access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business by fighting for strong open meeting, public records, court access laws and the adjudication of printed and published newspapers as the official source for communicating vital information to the public.

RECOGNIZE Publishing Excellence and Journalistic Achievement. CNPA shall recognize and expose news publishing industry best practices and trends and produce journalism awards competitions to honor journalistic achievement annually at the California Journalism Awards Gala.

Meet Our

Board of Directors

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Simon Grieve


Simon Grieve is publisher of Southern California News Group’s weekly Gazette Newspapers in Long Beach, The Beach Reporter in Hermosa Beach and Palos Verdes Peninsula News.

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Emily Charrier


Emily Charrier is publisher of Sonoma Media Investments’ Petaluma Argus-Courier and Sonoma Index-Tribune.

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Julie Makinen


Julie Makinen is executive editor of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs and Gannett’s California state editor.

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Paulette Brown-Hinds

Immediate Past President

Paulette Brown-Hinds is publisher of the Black Voice News and managing partner of BPC MediaWorks, which she founded in 2004.

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Martha Diaz Aszkenazy

Martha Diaz Aszkenazy is publisher of the weekly San Fernando Valley Sun and El Sol newspapers.

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Arturo Carmona


Arturo Carmona is senior adviser at ImpreMedia’s La Opinión in Los Angeles.

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Erik Cushman


Erik Cushman is publisher of Monterey County Weekly and has been with the newspaper since 1999.

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Richard Esposito


Richard Esposito is publisher of The Mountain Democrat in Placerville and chief operating officer for its owner, McNaughton Newspapers.

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Steve Falk


Steve Falk is CEO of Sonoma Media Investments LLC, owner of the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, Sonoma Magazine and several weekly publications.

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Will Fleet


Will Fleet is publisher of the Chino Valley Champion, Tracy Press and Patterson Irrigator.

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Norb Garrett


Norb Garrett is publisher of Picket Fence Media’s San Clemente Times, Dana Point Times and The Capistrano Dispatch.

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Jeff Glasser


Jeff Glasser is vice president and senior counsel for the Los Angeles Times.

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Craig Harrington


Craig Harrington is publisher of The Intermountain News in Burney, Shasta County.

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Ron Hasse


Ron Hasse is the publisher of the Orange County Register and president of the Southern California News Group.

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Bill Johnson


Bill Johnson is publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly and CEO of Embarcadero Media.

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Terri Leifeste

Terri Leifeste is vice president and group publisher at Santa Maria California News Media, Inc.

Silas Lyons


Silas Lyons is executive editor of the Record Searchlight in Redding and regional executive editor of eight Gannett newsrooms in Northern California and Nevada.

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Bill Nagel


Bill Nagel is the publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Colleen McCain Nelson


Colleen McCain Nelson is executive editor of The Sacramento Bee and regional editor for McClatchy's California newsrooms.

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Hank Vander Veen


Hank Vander Veen is publisher of the Manteca Bulletin and group publisher of its weeklies, operated by 209 Multimedia.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is publisher of the Bay Area Reporter and was the paper’s longtime general manager.