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

Simon Grieve
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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Erik Cushman


Erik Cushman has been publisher of Monterey County Weekly since 2001 and has been with the newspaper since joining it as director of operations in 1999.

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Emily Charrier


Emily Charrier is publisher of Sonoma Media Investments’ Petaluma Argus-Courier and Sonoma Index-Tribune. She is a former managing editor of The Argus-Courier and a former reporter at The Index-Tribune.

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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. Martha and her husband Severyn purchased the newspaper over 20 years ago.

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Arturo Carmona


Arturo Carmona has been senior adviser at ImpreMedia’s La Opinión in Los Angeles since October 2017.

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Dean Eckenroth


Dean Eckenroth is publisher of the Coronado Eagle & Journal and president of Eagle Newspapers, which also includes the Imperial Beach Eagle & Times. He was CNPA president in 2015.

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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, Petaluma Argus-Courier and Sonoma Index-Tribune.

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Will Fleet


Will Fleet has been co-publisher of the Tracy Press since 2012. He was CNPA president in 2005.

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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. Glasser chairs the CNPA Governmental Affairs Committee.

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Craig Harrington


Craig Harrington is publisher of The Intermountain News in Burney, Shasta County. He was CNPA president in 2000.

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Ron Hasse


Ron Hasse is the publisher of the Orange County Register and president of the Southern California News Group. He was CNPA president in 2018-19.

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Bill Johnson


Bill Johnson is publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly and CEO of Embarcadero Media. He was CNPA president in 2017-18.

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Terri Leifeste

Terri Leifeste is VP and group publisher at Santa Maria California News Media, Inc. She previously was president of WEHCO Media’s Palmer Newspaper Group, which included the Central Missouri newspapers and five newspapers in Arkansas.

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Julie Makinen


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

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Jack Mitchell


Jack Mitchell is publisher of the Ledger Dispatch in Jackson, Amador County.

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Bill Nagel


Bill Nagel has been publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle since 2018. Previously, he was executive vice president at Tribune Publishing and the Los Angeles Times and has worked in executive roles at Cox Media and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Hank Vander Veen


Hank Vander Veen is publisher of the Manteca Bulletin and group publisher of its adjacent weeklies operated by Morris Multimedia Inc.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is publisher of the Bay Area Reporter. He has been its publisher since 2013 and was the paper’s longtime general manager.