The Arkansas Press Association, the trade association for newspapers in the state, represents 134 member newspapers and has 120 associate members.
Immediate past President Jeff Christenson, publisher of the Harrison Daily Times, presented the gavel to Cox. Also present for the event were Areawide Media Publisher Janie Flynn, APA Executive Director Tom Larimer and Ron Kemp, regional manager of Arkansas newspapers for Rust Communications, which owns the The News.
Cox has served on the APA Board of Directors for seven years. Prior to serving on the APA board, Cox was on the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation Board of Directors for three years.
He has also served as APA Convention Committee chairman and as a member of other committees, including the APA Long-Range Planning Committee.
Cox has been managing editor of The News and its sister publications, the Villager Journal (Cherokee Village) and The South Missourian News (Thayer) since he sold the Villager Journal to Rust in 2001. The newspapers, along with the Izard/Fulton County Record and two other shoppers, are part of Rust's Areawide Media publishing group.
Prior to that Cox and his wife, Heidi, were owners/publishers of the Villager Journal for 10 years.
Newly elected APA board members for 2006 are Frank Felone, associate editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Don Bona president of The Daily Record of Little Rock, and Bob Moore, publisher of Carroll County Newspapers in Eureka Springs.
In addition to Christenson and Cox, returning board members are Roy Ockert, editor of the Jonesboro Sun, and publishers Bill Hager (Van Buren Press Argus-Courier), Betty Barker Smith (The Baxter Bulletin), Melody Moorehouse (The Sheridan Headlight) and Britt Talent (Cleveland County Herald).