Two editors and an educator were elected to the Associated Press Media Editors Board during the News Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. this week. They are:
Editor, Missoulian in Missoula, Montana, and the Ravalli Republic in the nearby Bitterroot Valley
Small market • Two-year term
Kathy Best is the editor of the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana, and the Ravalli Republic in the nearby Bitterroot Valley. She was previously the editor and vice president for news at The Seattle Times and served as the newsroom’s managing editor for digital news and content creation. In those roles, she helped lead the Times newsroom to two Pulitzer Prizes and two Online Journalism Awards for breaking news and explanatory projects. Best also has held senior editing positions at The Baltimore Sun, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She spent most of her reporting career covering government and politics in Illinois and Washington, D.C.
She previously served on the APME Board as its digital representative and is eager to rejoin her colleagues in confronting the challenges we all face.
Journalism Instructor, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Educator • Three-year term
Juli Metzger is an Instructor of Journalism at Ball State University, and most recently oversaw students in the Unified Media Lab, a $4 million multimedia, cross-platform space for students to practice journalism in print, on the air and online. Before joining the academy in 2011, Metzger was executive editor for digital at the Indianapolis Star, where she also served as Gannett’s group director of niche Publications in the Midwest. She’s been the top editor of newspapers in Indiana, Ohio and Louisiana, and was president and publisher of three others. She’s worked in nine newsrooms in four states and led staffs to win national journalism honors, including the APME Public Service Award. From 2005 to 2009, Metzger served on the Indiana APME Board of Directors. She was Gannett’s Editor of the Year in 2000.
Last spring, Metzger received Ball State University’s 2017 Immersive Learning Faculty Award for work with students on a semester-long, multimedia project “Unmasked: The stigma of meth.” The project also won the 2017 Associated Press Media Editors Innovator of the Year Award for College Students. In 2016, Metzger was an Entrepreneurial Institute Fellow at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University where she developed a course in Entrepreneurial Journalism, which she now teaches. In 2015, Metzger and her students participated in the inaugural Associated Press Me Editors “Editor Educator Exchange,” a newsroom-to-classroom exchange program. Metzger and Ball State will kick off the APME NewsTrain season with a workshop on campus in March 2018. Metzger has recruited college students to cover the Associated Press Media Editors/American Society of News Editors conferences every year since 2013. Besides Ball State students, Metzger recruits area students from other colleges near the venue to participate in the conference coverage team, a boots-on-the-ground reporting staff producing real-time, multi-platform content. Ball State students have worked with students from Indiana University, Columbia College, Stanford University, San Jose State University, Penn State and this year Howard University will join the coverage team.
Managing Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
At-Large • Three-year term
Sally Stapleton is the managing editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Stapleton is a former deputy executive photo editor of The Associated Press. During her tenure as the AP International Editor, Stapleton led a team of photographers to two Pulitzer Prizes in Photography for Africa coverage in 1995 for the Rwanda genocide and in 1999 for the simultaneous U.S. Embassy bombings by al-Qaeda in Kenya and Tanzania. Previous to the AP, she worked as a photo editor at The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
From 2008 to 2016, Stapleton was the managing editor/online at The Day in New London, Ct. Prior to joining the Post-Gazette, she was named the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor for spring 2016 at the University of Montana School of Journalism. In 2002 she received a Fulbright scholarship to work with local journalists in Rwanda. As a result, she developed a relationship with local media owners, journalism academics, journalists and media association leaders whose objective was to elevate the quality of journalism in the country and the Great Lakes region. In 2008, the Great Lakes Media Center was established as an educational institute for Rwandan working journalists. She received her undergraduate and graduate journalism degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.