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Donna Barrett, president and chief executive officer of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., which owns the Effingham Daily News, has been elected chairman of the Newspaper Association of America at the newspaper industry’s annual conference in Nashville.

Barrett succeeds Robert J. Dickey, president of the Gannett U.S. Community Publishing Division. Dickey served as chairman of the NAA Board of Directors for the past year. Barrett’s term is also for one year.

NAA was established in 1992 as a nonprofit organization resulting from the merger of seven newspaper industry associations, including the American Newspaper Publishers Association founded in 1887.

It is the nation’s leading newspaper industry association, with nearly 2,000 members in the United States and Canada. Members include daily and non-daily newspapers, other print publications and online products.

Barrett joined the NAA Board in 2006, serving the past year as its vice chairman. She has also served as secretary and treasurer of the organization.

“I am honored to assume the role of chairman at a time NAA is vigorously advocating for initiatives to enhance both the future and the value of newspapers, including their digital outlets, to the benefit of our members and the public we serve,” said Barrett

Barrett was appointed president and CEO of CNHI in January of 2006. She previously was the company’s senior vice president and chief operating officer. She has been active in the newspaper industry for several years and currently serves on the board of directors of the Associated Press and the American Press Institute. She is a former president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.

CNHI, based in Montgomery, Ala., is one of the country’s leading publishers of local news and information. Besides Effingham, it serves more than 130 communities in 23 states with newspapers and digital news.

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