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Among its staff, NAA has years of experience and a wealth of newspaper industry knowledge. The NAA media guide provides a snapshot of NAA's resident experts and their areas of expertise.
Senior Vice President of Public Policy
Paul Boyle manages the government affairs operation of NAA, providing executive agencies and the Congress with a sophisticated, contemporary view of the media landscape that helps inform debate and decisions on a wide range of issues, including postal reform, media ownership rules, advertising regulations, corporate tax reform, consumer privacy, and the First Amendment.
He has been with the association in various capacities for more than 20 years. Prior to joining NAA, Boyle was associate director of government relations for a non-profit housing development corporation and worked for former Representative Tony Coelho. Boyle is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.
President and CEO
David Chavern joined the Newspaper Association of America as president and CEO in October 2015. Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the President of the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation at the Chamber. He established the center, which is the first U.S. Chamber office focused solely on technology and innovation, and led a research and outreach program which was dedicated to the economic power of data-driven innovation.
From 2007 through 2014, Chavern was the Chamber’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and long-term planning for the 500-person advocacy organization. Chavern helped to grow total revenues by 60 percent, and successfully guided the organization through intense scrutiny from both the media and activists. He also managed revenue growth and expense reductions, and ended the 2013 fiscal year with the best financial performance in the Chamber’s 100-year history. Prior to that, Chavern served as a Vice President and Chief of Staff at the Chamber, offering strategic advice and guidance to the CEO and managing daily operations of the organization.
Chavern is a member of the Board of Directors of Transamerica Insurance and also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of Humin. He is a founding investor in Starling Trust Sciences, LLC, a company that produces data analytics tools that allow companies to measure a wide range of cultural attributes about their internal operations. A proud alum, Chavern also serves on the board of trustees of his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh.
A 1987 graduate of Villanova University’s School of Law, Chavern went on to receive his MBA from Georgetown University in 2003. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Vice President of Research & Industry Analysis
Jim Conaghan directs all research conducted by NAA on behalf of the newspaper industry. He regularly assesses media industry trends, and interprets their implications on newspaper strategic positioning and profitability. Jim maintains the association's statistical resources on newspaper audience, advertising and readership for use by NAA members, the media, and the financial community. He serves as the industry's spokesperson to Wall Street newspaper analysts.
Vice President of Audience Development
John Murray is responsible for the association’s efforts to provide marketing support for circulation executives and publishers. In this role, he facilitates discussion of key issues facing the industry such as subscriber acquisition, leveraging ABC reporting, achieving operational efficiency, and cross platform marketing to readers. In addition, Murray collects and shares with NAA members the latest and best thinking on newspaper readership, audience and circulation marketing, subscriber retention and acquisition, and telemarketing compliance. He regularly serves as a resource to NAA advertising customers on questions regarding newspaper circulation and readership.
Murray joined NAA from the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Newspapers, where he served as director of circulation for seven years. Under Fort Wayne’s joint operating agreement, Murray managed The News Sentinel, a six-day afternoon newspaper and The Journal Gazette, a seven-day morning publication. Murray also served in Fort Wayne as director of marketing for five years and had assignments in the advertising division. He began his newspaper career in 1979 in Columbus, Ga., and was a participant in Knight Ridder’s Circulation Management Development Program. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in marketing and economics.
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