MPA Board of Directors

The Michigan Press Association is governed by a board of fifteen directors elected by the general membership. Founded in 1868, the MPA promotes the power of print and the public’s right to know.


Wes Smith

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John Elchert

Leelanau Enterprise


Eric Hamp

Houghton Lake Resorter

Vice President

Peter Bhatia

Detroit Free Press

Immediate Past President

Paul Heidbreder

Traverse City Record-Eagle


MPA Committees

MPA has many committees set up to provide input and ideas that help central staff deliver services and training to our members that assist them in doing their jobs.

If you are interested in participating on a committee please contact

  • Education Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Public Policy Committee
  • Better Newspaper Contest Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Public Notices Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Communications Committee