Keynote speakers announced for America East 2018

by Jacquelynn Lehman, Communications Manager | Dec 11, 2017

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) is excited to announce the keynote panel for the 2018 America East Media Business & Technology Conference, March 12-14 at the Hershey Lodge.

Michael Klingensmith, Minneapolis Star-Tribune Publisher & CEO and News Media Alliance Chairman, will welcome attendees and lead the discussion with an overview of the state of the industry.

Klingensmith will then lead a wide-ranging, candid conversation about the industry’s challenges and opportunities with publishers from papers of various sizes. The keynote participants will include Sara Glines, President and Publisher, The News & Observer, Raleigh; Ray Eckenrode, General Manager, Altoona Mirror; and George Arwady, Publisher and CEO, The Republican/ Publications, in Springfield, Mass.

Klingensmith, a native of the Twin Cities, joined the Star Tribune in January 2010, after spending most of his more than 40-year career in publishing with Time Inc. in New York City. He was the co-developer of the concept for Entertainment Weekly and became its founding publisher in 1989, leading the magazine through its launch to its emergence as one of Time Inc.’s most profitable titles. In 1998, Klingensmith was named president of Sports Illustrated, where he grew the franchise by expanding in print, digital, television and events.  He currently serves on the boards of The University of Chicago, Macalester College, The Minnesota Orchestra and YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.

Sara Glines is president and publisher of The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC as well as regional publisher for McClatchy's seven Carolina media outlets in Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina, and Columbia, Hilton Head, Beaufort and Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. She came to Raleigh in September 2016 after years as regional publisher with Gannett, the largest newspaper company in the country, and Digital First Media. She was also president and publisher of the York Daily Record from 2012 to 2016.

Ray Eckenrode has a B.A. in Journalism from Penn State University and worked in the Altoona Mirror’s newsroom from 1992-2004. He also teaches news writing, with emerging focus on digital reporting, to junior and senior Communications students at Penn State Altoona. He considers his mission to help transform a traditional newspaper company with a great brand into a forward-looking content creation and marketing organization that manufactures and sells audience and expertise. 

George Arwady spent most of his professional career as an editor and publisher in Michigan and New Jersey, including Muskegon and Kalamazoo, Mich., and The Star-Ledger in Newark. Among many civic engagements, he has chaired the economic development groups and served on community foundation boards in communities in three states. He is president of the Massachusetts Publishers Association and also serves on the board of the New England Newspaper & Press Association.