Virginia Press Foundation Executive Committee
Paul Fletcher is the longtime publisher and editor-in-chief of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, a statewide newspaper and website for the legal community. In May, he will celebrate 32 years of service with the newspaper.
A graduate of the College of William & Mary, he earned a Master’s degree in English from Emory University and a law degree from the Washington & Lee University law school.
He practiced law in Southwest Virginia for three years before moving to Richmond to join the paper.
In 2015-16, he was the national president of the Society of Professional Journalists, the largest and broadest-based press organization in the U.S. He currently serves as the chair of the SPJ national Freedom of Information committee.
He has won numerous state and national journalism awards, including honors for editorial writing, column writing and features.
Fletcher was elected president of the Virginia Press Foundation board in fall 2018 and serves on the boards of the national SPJ (formerly Sigma Delta Chi) Foundation and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government. He is a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation and an adjunct journalism instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Anne Adams is owner/publisher of The Recorder, a weekly newspaper serving Bath and Highland counties.
She previously served 11 years as a Virginia Press Association director and officer, and is a three-time recipient of the D. Lathan Mims Award for Editorial Leadership in the Community.
She is a 2015 inductee to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Emma C. McKinney award from the National Newspaper Association.
Adams is also a longtime instructor for the Community Journalism Workshop, one of VPA’s most intense professional development programs.
Jeff Poole is the editor of the Orange County Review, a community weekly newspaper, and general manager of the Orange, Greene and Madison community newspaper group.
VPF Board Members
Jeff South is an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Robertson School of Media and Culture at VCU, where he joined the faculty in 1997 under the mistaken impression he’d have summers off. Before moving into academia, he was a newspaper reporter and editor for 20 years in Texas, Arizona and Virginia.
At VCU, South teaches courses ranging from an introduction to mass comm to a graduate seminar on data journalism. Over the years, South’s students have won more than 40 awards for political reporting and other coverage. South himself has won teaching awards from VCU and the Society of Professional Journalists as well as a Fulbright to teach journalism in China and a fellowship to train journalists in Ukraine.
South works closely with the International Center for Journalists in Washington, D.C., and frequently conducts workshops on investigative reporting in the U.S. and abroad. Those training sessions don’t go smoothly: South has been kicked off Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, and he was arrested and kicked out of Vietnam on charges of practicing journalism without a license. As both a journalist and a journalism educator, South has carved out a specialty in using technology to find, report and tell powerful news stories.
Bonnie V. Winston is managing editor of the Richmond Free Press, an award-winning, free weekly newspaper celebrating its 27th anniversary. It is one of the few independent news publications remaining in the state.
A longtime newspaper writer and editor, Ms. Winston has worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot and The Boston Globe.
After spending the 2003-04 academic year as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, she worked as a freelance writer for several news outlets and publications, including Bloomberg News and The Crisis magazine.
She later served for 2½ years as development communications manager for the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg before returning to newspapers in 2014.
Her work has been recognized throughout the years with numerous awards, including several from the annual VPA writing contest, the UPI Best Writing Award for Virginia in 1983 and the Robert S. Abbott Best Editorial Award in 2015 and 2016 from the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
Kris Worrell is editor-in-chief at The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press. She previously was executive editor and vice president of news for The Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey since 2014, and has ties to Hampton Roads, having graduated from Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach and worked for both The Pilot and Daily Press.
Worrell previously served as executive editor and regional editor at the Observer-Dispatch in New York, managing editor of the Beaumont Enterprise in Texas, assistant managing editor of The Times Union in New York and special projects editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Worrell served as a member of the New Jersey Press Association’s Government Affairs Committee, was a member of the Atlantic Cape Community College’s English Department Advisory Board and was an adjunct professor for Stockton University’s Writing for Media course in 2015.
She was also a Hearst Fellowship advisor to a young journalist in a selective, national program for talented people of diverse backgrounds and has been a national writing contest judge for the Association of American Sunday and Feature Editors. She co-chaired the writing contest in 2005 and 2006.
Worrell has also edited three books: “Atlantic City Boardwalk: A Stroll Through History,” “Looking Back: Mohawk Valley Vol. II,” and “In Ike’s Wake: Southeast Texas Endures Hurricane’s Devastation.”
Gwyneth Mellinger Ph. D. is director of James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design and a professor.