The Power of Our Advocacy Mission

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America’s Newspapers’ advocacy mission is built on three pillars: Defending freedom of the press and expression; remaining vigilant and ready to express the viewpoint of newspapers on government legislation or action that might benefit or hinder their publishing, newsgathering or business operations; and demanding equity with digital platforms that use and monetize the content newspapers create. Receive an update and learn how you can help protect the interests of our industry!







Alan Fisco provides oversight and leadership of The Seattle Times’ executive team, and maintains direct leadership of finance, circulation, operations, human resources and labor. As president of The Seattle Times Company, he is also responsible for The Seattle Times’ affiliate newspapers, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Yakima Herald-Republic, and its commercial printing subsidiary, Rotary Offset Press.

Francis Wick is the president and CEO of Wick Communications and Board member since 2007. He is the youngest member of the third generation ownership of Wick Communications, a family-owned media company which has newspapers from North Carolina to Alaska and from Louisiana to North Dakota. Prior to the Herald/Review, Wick was the publisher of the Montrose Daily Press in Colorado. Wick, in his early 30s, held numerous positions at other Wick Communications newspapers learning various aspects of the trade.

Dean Ridings is CEO of America's Newspapers.  Prior to this appointment last November, Ridings served for two decades as president and CEO of the Florida Press Association. He managed five state media associations and Intersect Media Solutions, a $40 million for-profit enterprise providing marketing research and media solutions to regional and national clients. He also initiated new forums and events, most notably hosting debates for state and national level political office. 

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