The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) was established in 1853.
Created by and for Wisconsin’s newspapers, WNA 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 working with newspapers in Wisconsin. In addition to serving 221 member newspapers (31 dailies and 190 weeklies), WNA serves advertisers through advertising placement programs (Customized Newspaper Advertising) and additional clients through WisconsinNewsTracker.com (news tracking and release services).
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.
The WNA Team
Beth Bennett, Executive Director
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Beth Bennett began her post as executive director of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) in May 2010.
Prior to joining the WNA, Bennett served as the Director of Government Relations for the Illinois Press Association; as legislative liaison to the Illinois General Assembly Joint Committee on Administrative Rules; and as a member of the staff of the Illinois Speaker of the House.
As executive director of the WNA, her work benefits the Wisconsin newspaper industry and includes serving as the association’s chief lobbyist and directing all WNA functions, including finances, staffing, member resources and member programming.
Bennett also serves as executive director of the WNA’s wholly owned for-profit media tracking subsidiary News Tracker; and as the executive director of the WNA Foundation, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization.
Bennett 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 publishes four newspapers in central Illinois, resulting in her being both personally, as well as, professionally involved in the newspaper industry.
Denise Guttery, Media Services Director
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Denise Guttery has been WNA’s media services director since 2010 and manages the WNA newspaper archive, WisconsinPublicNotices.org and News Tracker. She 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. She previously 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.
Julia Hunter, Member Services Director
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Julia Hunter joined the WNA in 2014 as member services director. She oversees educational development, the Better Newspaper Contest, Foundation fundraising efforts and general member services. After graduating from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism, she served 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, she served at the deputy clerk for the City of New Berlin, Wis.
James Debilzen, Communications Director
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James Debilzen joined the WNA staff in 2015 and is responsible for the WNA’s website, weekly newsletter, special publications and office communications. He is an award-winning journalist who served as managing editor of The Milton Courier, DeForest Times-Tribune and Poynette Press and as a reporter for the Daily Jefferson County Union in Fort Atkinson. Prior to joining the WNA, he was the circulation director of the Daily Union and Hometown News Limited Partnership, a group of weekly community newspapers and shoppers in the Madison area. Debilzen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Tom Johnson, Advertising Services Director
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Tom Johnson joined the WNA staff in 2017 as its advertising services director. He is responsible for pursuing advertising sales and managing statewide and regional accounts on behalf of WNA-member newspapers. For more than 28 years, Johnson was publisher of the Waukon Standard newspaper and oversaw operations of First Street Graphics Printing in Waukon, Iowa. He served on the board of directors of Graphics, Inc., a central web printing plant in Calmar, Iowa, and was on the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) Board of Directors for six years. Johnson also served on the INA Foundation board, including one year as president. From 2003-11, Johnson was the sales manager for News Publishing, Inc., publications in Middleton, Sauk City, New Glarus, Mount Horeb and Cross Plains.
Daryl Blumer, Office Administrator
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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.