April 21, 2006

Julie Boren to head editorial association

by Sue Davis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Julie Boren, publisher of the Pike Press in Pittsfield, is the new president of the Southern Illinois Editorial Association (SIEA).

Boren began her one-year term today (April 21) at the SIEA's annual spring meeting at Giant City State Park Lodge. She succeeds Rich Bauer, managing editor of The Vandalia Leader-Union.

"I look forward to working with SIEA members this year to provide the programs and support they need to meet changing needs of newspapers, " Boren said.

Boren says she knew she wanted to work in the newspaper business early on. "I knew when I was 12 years old this was what I wanted, and I never changed my mind," she said.

Boren grew up on a farm near Milton in Pike County. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and has spent her entire journalism career at the Pike Press in Pittsfield.

"I started as a reporter, then moved up to a news editor, editor and then publisher," she said. "I have been able to continue to learn new skills in different positions. Even though I've worked here my entire life, I have had the chance to advance."

Other officers moving up the organization's ladder are Mike Springston of Sparta to first vice president; Devin Miller of Carterville, second vice president; and Dan Brannon, Alton, secretary.

Jerry Reppert, publisher of the Anna Gazette-Democrat, will continue to serve as the organization's treasurer. Sue Davis, executive director of Media & Communication Resources at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, serves as executive secretary. SIEA has been headquartered at the University for more than 50 years.

One-year directors for 2006 are Tom Mathews Jr., Fairfield; Kevin Jenison, Paris; and Dennis DeRossett, Carbondale.

Two-year directors are Bruce Campbell, Hardin; Todd Eschman, O'Fallon; and Paul Povse, Springfield.

Three-year directors are J.W. Shults, Eureka; Mary Kaye Davis, Mt. Vernon; and Phil Gower, Mt. Carmel.

Julie Boren

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