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July 8, 2014

Funk new president of Oklahoma Press Association

STILLWATER, Okla. — Jeff Funk, publisher of the Enid News & Eagle, is the new president of the Oklahoma Press Association.

Funk, who directs operations of the seven-day daily newspaper and the EnidNews.com digital news sites, was elected at the June 12, 2014, OPA Convention to a one-year term beginning July 1.

Other officers elected to a one-year term were Robby Trammell, news editor at The Oklahoman, as vice president; Gloria Trotter, co-publisher of The Countywide & Sun, as treasurer; and Jeff Mayo, associate publisher of the Sequoyah County Times, as past president.

Newly elected to serve a two-year term as a director was Mike Strain, news editor at the Tulsa World. John Denny Montgomery, assistant editor at The Purcell Register, was elected to a new three-year term as director, and Ted Streuli, executive editor of The Journal Record, was elected to his second three-year term on the board.

Other members serving on the OPA Board of Directors are Dayva Spitzer, Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat; Brian Blansett, Shawnee News-Star, and Ray Dyer, El Reno Tribune. Mark Thomas is the executive vice president of the OPA.

"I look forward to working with other newspaper publishers throughout Oklahoma to make our industry stronger and better," said Funk, who has been on the OPA board of directors since 2008. "I'm encouraged by the ongoing and strong interest Oklahomans have in their communities and community news. Newspapers do absolutely the best job of feeding that interest with accurate and timely information.

"I'm excited about the future of the news business."

Funk joined the Enid News & Eagle as executive editor in July 2001. He was named general manager in May 2002 and became publisher in November 2002. He is a 38-year newspaper veteran, previously holding news and management positions with daily newspapers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

His interest in newspapers began when he worked for his aunt and uncle's weekly newspaper in Audubon, Iowa. After earning a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications, Funk went on to work at newspapers in Hutchinson and Parsons, Kan.; and in Beatrice, North Platte and Grand Island, Neb. In Grand Island, he developed the newspaper's six-person Internet team that produced newspaper, community and commercial websites and HuskersHQ.com.

In Enid, Funk has enjoyed participating in community activities, including serving as president of the United Way and as an officer of the Enid Community Foundation, the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, Enid Rotary Club, Enid Public School Foundation, David Allen Memorial Ballpark board and Willow View United Methodist Church. Funk and his wife, LynnDe, are longtime amateur baseball fans and are part of a local group working to host national and regional baseball tournaments in Enid.

In addition to his role at the News & Eagle, Funk also serves as publisher of the Stillwater News Press and as a team leader for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. assisting with nine other Oklahoma publications.

Funk is a Kansas native and a graduate of Kansas State University. He and his wife have two children - JoLynn, a professional photographer in North Platte, Neb., and Justin, an optometrist in Enid - and two grandsons.

The Enid News & Eagle, with a paid print circulation of 12,400, reaches nearly 30,000 readers daily in eight northwest Oklahoma counties. EnidNews.com and its related sites are accessed by another 12,000-plus unique visitors each day.

The downtown Enid newspaper location serves as a printing and distribution hub for four daily newspapers, two weekly newspapers and two shoppers. The News & Eagle's 103 employees also publish the Vance Airscoop weekly newspaper for Vance Air Force Base, the bimonthly Etown community magazine and numerous specialty publications. The newspaper also operates Eagle Marketing, a full-service marketing agency, which produces nonnewspaper communications materials and community events.

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