About Us

About Us

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) was established in 1853.

Created by and for Wisconsin’s newspapers, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association exists to strengthen the newspaper industry, enhance public understanding of the role of newspapers, and protect basic freedoms of press, speech and the free flow of information.

WNA is the single point-of-contact for newspapers in Wisconsin. In addition to serving our member newspapers, WNA serves advertisers and communications professionals through its advertising placement program and news tracking service.

Supporting WNA goals is the WNA Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created in 1980 to improve the quality and future of Wisconsin’s newspapers and the communities they serve. The foundation solicits, manages and disburses funds and other resources for the benefit of Wisconsin’s newspaper industry and, ultimately, the citizens of our state.

Our Team

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Beth Bennett

Executive Director

Beth serves as chief lobbyist for the WNA and oversees all association functions, including finances, staffing, member resources and member programming. She also serves as executive director of the WNA’s for-profit media tracking subsidiary, News Tracker, and its 501(c)3 charitable organization, the WNA Foundation.

Beth has a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., and a master’s degree in political studies from the University of Illinois. Her family published four newspapers in central Illinois, resulting in her being personally and professionally involved in the newspaper industry. Prior to joining the WNA in 2010, she served as the Illinois Press Association's Director of Government Relations, legislative liaison to the Illinois General Assembly Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, and as a staff member of the Illinois Speaker of the House.

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Julia Hunter

Membership & Communications Director

Julia directs communications, educational programming, fundraising efforts for the WNA and its nonprofit, the WNA Foundation. She also manages membership and program development.

Julia earned her bachelor's degree in print journalism from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Ind., where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Shield. She went on to work in a variety of capacities—from watchdog reporter to news editor—at newspapers including the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville, Ky., the Press & Sun Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y., and the Rockford Register Star in Rockford, Ill. Prior to joining the WNA in 2014, she worked as the deputy clerk and communications manager for the City of New Berlin, Wis.

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Denise Guttery

Media Service Director

Denise manages the WNA newspaper archive, WisconsinPublicNotices.org and its media monitoring service, News Tracker.

Denise graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in journalism and mass communications and earned a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Kansas. Before joining the WNA in 2010, she worked as the director of technology for the Illinois Press Association, where she was responsible for website maintenance, the association’s member database, office computer systems and audio/visual needs. Prior to her work with IPA, Guttery served as an advertising representative and editorial assistant with Illinois Country Living magazine.

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Jordan Schelling

Membership & Programming Specialist

Jordan Schelling joined the WNA staff in 2018 as its membership and programming specialist. He oversees the annual Better Newspaper Contest, while also assisting with meeting and event planning, communications and member services. Schelling graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science. He has a background in digital and sports journalism, having worked as an associate reporter for MLB.com prior to spending five years at USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. Based in Green Bay before moving to Madison, Schelling served as the lead producer on Green Bay Packers content for the network’s print editions and websites, including PackersNews.com and JSOnline.com.

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Daryl Blumer

Office Administrator

Daryl Blumer has been the WNA’s office administrator since October 2015 and began working part-time as a search technician for News Tracker in 2014. Prior to joining the WNA staff, Blumer spent 19 years working in niche publication distribution for Capital Newspapers in Madison. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991.

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