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July 8, 2014

News & Eagle publisher named OPA president

ENID, Okla. — Jeff Funk, publisher of the Enid News & Eagle, is the new president of the Oklahoma Press Association.

Funk, who directs operations of the seven-day daily newspaper and the EnidNews.com digital news sites, was elected at the June 12, 2014, OPA Convention to a one-year term beginning July 1.

Other officers elected to a one-year term were Robby Trammell, news editor at The Oklahoman, as vice president; Gloria Trotter, co-publisher of The Countywide & Sun, as treasurer; and Jeff Mayo, associate publisher of the Sequoyah County Times, as past president.

Newly elected to serve a two-year term as a director was Mike Strain, news editor at the Tulsa World. John Denny Montgomery, assistant editor at The Purcell Register, was elected to a new three-year term as director, and Ted Streuli, executive editor of The Journal Record, was elected to his second three-year term on the board.

Other members serving on the OPA Board of Directors are Dayva Spitzer, Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat; Brian Blansett, Shawnee News-Star, and Ray Dyer, El Reno Tribune. Mark Thomas is the executive vice president of the OPA.

"I look forward to working with other newspaper publishers throughout Oklahoma to make our industry stronger and better," said Funk, who has been on the OPA board of directors since 2008. "I'm encouraged by the ongoing and strong interest Oklahomans have in their communities and community news. Newspapers do absolutely the best job of feeding that interest with accurate and timely information.

"I'm excited about the future of the news business."

Funk joined the Enid News & Eagle as executive editor in July 2001. He was named general manager in May 2002 and became publisher in November 2002. He is a 38-year newspaper veteran, previously holding news and management positions with daily newspapers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

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