MIAMI, Florida (October 24, 2012)—During its 68th General Assembly, held October 12-16 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) chose its new officers. Jaime Mantilla of Hoy, Quito, Ecuador, was elected the hemisphere organization’s President for the 2012-2013 period.
To serve with Mantilla during his presidency are Scott C. Schurz of the Herald-Times, Bloomington, Indiana, as Honorary Lifetime President; 1st Vice President Elizabeth Ballantine, The Durango Herald, Durango, Colorado; 2nd Vice President Gustavo Mohme, La Republica, Lima, Peru; Treasurer Vivian-Anne Gittens, Nations News, Fontabelle, Barbados; Secretary Bartolomé Mitre, La Nación, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Executive Director Julio E. Muñoz.
The Executive Committee has as its Chairman Juan Luis Correa, Grupo Wisa, Panama City, Panama, and Vice chairman Milton Coleman, The Washinton Post, Washington, D.C. Other members of the Executive Committee are Claudio Paolillo, Búsqueda, Montevideo, Uruguay; Asdrúbal Aguiar, El Impulso, Barquisimeto, Venezuela; Jorge Canahuati Larach, La Prensa, San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Juan Francisco Ealy Ortiz, El Universal, México D.F., México; Gerardo García Gamboa, Novedades de Mérida, Mérida, Yucatán, México; Francisco Miró Quesada, El Comercio, Lima, Perú; Edward Seaton, Seaton Newspapers, Manhattan, Kansas; María Elvira Domínguez, El País, Cali, Colombia; Cristina Aby-Azar, The Wall Street Journal, New York, N.Y. and Miguel Henrique Otero, El Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela.
The Scholarship Fund, which is responsible for the selection of international scholarship recipients, is chaired by Gerardo García Gamboa, Novedades de Mérida, Mérida, México and has as Vice Chairmen Ernesto Kraiselburd, El Día, La Plata, Argentina, Fabricio Altamirano, El Diario de Hoy, San Salvador, El Salvador. Other members of the Scholarship Fund are its Treasurer, Silvia Miró Quesada, El Comercio, Lima, Peru; Secretary Gabriela Vivanco, Diario La Hora, Quito, Ecuador, and IAPA Executive Director Julio E. Muñoz.
The educational arm of the IAPA, responsible for raising the level of professionalism in journalism, the IAPA Press Institute, will have as its Board Chair Pierre Manigault, Evening Post Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina; President Martín Etchevers, Olé, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Vice President Francisco Fascetto, Diario Popular, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Treasurer Carlos Salinas, El Diario de Coahuila, Saltillo, México; Secretary Jaime Ruiz Moreno, Novedades de Campeche, Campeche, Mexico. The Press Institute is made up also of an Advisory Board comprising Gilberto Urdaneta, El Regional del Zulia, Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela; Rosental C. Alves, University of Texas, Austin, Texas; James Bettinger, Stanford University, Stanford, California; Max Chauvet, Le Nouvelliste, Port Au Prince, Haiti; Rodolfo Dumas, La Tribuna, Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Saturnino Herrero, Clarín, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Gonzalo Leaño Reyes, Ocho Columnas, Zapopán, México; Guadalupe Mantilla, El Comercio, Quito, Ecuador; Johnny Yataco, Washington Hispanic, Washington, D.C.; Natalia Zuccolillo, ABC Color, Asunción, Paraguay. Also taking part are Executive Director Julio E. Muñoz and Press Institute Director Ricardo Trotti.
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