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AP announces 1 director, 4 incumbents at annual meeting

NEW YORK — One new director and four incumbents were named to The Associated Press board of directors, it was announced today following the news cooperative’s annual meeting at its New York headquarters.

Joining the cooperative’s board as a new director is Mark Adams, president and CEO of Adams Publishing Group, LLC, who will serve the role of a director representing small market newspapers.

Adams Publishing Group, launched by Adams in 2013 with the purpose of building a community news company, employs 2,000 print and digital professionals in 13 states. Adams had previously consulted for various publishing businesses, including his family holding company, and for two decades prior managed the business-to-business, medical and financial portfolios for M/C Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm specializing in media.

The two incumbents reelected to the board are:

  • Bill Hoffman, president of Hoffmann Communications
  • Michael Newhouse, co-president of Advance

The two incumbents reappointed to the board are:

  • Isaac Lee, founder of Exile Content LLC
  • Gracia C. Martore, former president and CEO of Tegna, Inc.

Martore, who had been vice chair, becomes chair of the AP Board of Directors. She was elected to the AP board in 2013. Martore succeeds Steven R. Swartz, president and CEO of Hearst Corporation, who has completed a five-year term as chairman. Swartz was elected to the AP board in 2009.

The AP board has 13 directors. Directors are elected by members or appointed to the AP board by directors.

Each director is eligible to serve up to a total of nine years, although the chair is exempt from that rule.

The 2021 Annual Report is available online:


Lauren Easton
Global Director of Media Relations and Corporate Communications
The Associated Press

Nicole Meir
Media Relations Manager
The Associated Press

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