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Dennis Hetzel

President and Executive Director

As ONMA’s chief executive, Hetzel oversees the association and its staff as well as AdOhio and the Ohio News Media Foundation. He also serves as secretary to the board of trustees, president of The Ohio Coalition for Open Government (OCOG) and registered lobbyist for ONMA. Before joining ONMA in November, 2010, from Enquirer Media in Cincinnati, Hetzel’s extensive industry career included stints as a sports editor, news reporter, movie critic, editorial writer, editor, publisher and website manager. He spent 13 years as editor and publisher of the York, Pa., Daily Record and four years as managing editor of the Madison, Wis., Capital Times. Hetzel was an executive board member of the Pennsylvania and Kentucky newspaper associations where he championed open government issues as well as the industry’s move into the digital age. In Pennsylvania, he received the newspaper association’s Benjamin Franklin Award as the state’s industry executive of the year in 2003 and the Paul Tobenkin Award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for his leadership on issues of race and diversity. He has presented for the American Press Institute and taught journalism at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Penn State and Temple universities. A native of Chicago, Hetzel holds a political science degree with a minor in journalism from Western Illinois University. At ONMA, he is your first contact on these matters:

  • Legal & Legislative Issues
  • Advertising Legal Questions
  • Board of Trustees Matters
  • ONMA Workers Comp Group
  • Newspaper Management Issues
  • Resume Service
  • Ohio News Media Foundation
  • Ohio Coalition for Open Government


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