Smith, Grantham Elected to NPPA Board, Regional Chairs Also Filled

ATHENS, GA (December 2, 2016) – Brad Smith and Kyle Grantham have been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Press Photographers Association. They will take office Jan. 1 and be officially sworn-in during NPPA’s annual board meeting the beginning of February at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. They have been elected to serve three-year terms.

In addition, three regional chair positions were filled. Adam Vogler won the Central Region, Andy Colwell in the Northwest Region and Maria Avila in the West Region.

NPPA members saw a ballot this year that had a good list of candidates willing to work in the organization’s leadership.

"It was great to have so many NPPA members volunteer to run for the various positions that we had open,” said NPPA Secretary Seth Gitner. “I am hoping that those who did not win in the election would still be up for volunteering to be on one of our various committees to help make the NPPA an even better organization for our members.”

Smith, who is currently a presidential appointee to the board, is the former director of photography for Time Inc.'s Sports Group, where he oversaw the photographic content of Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and Golf magazine in both print and digital platforms. He is currently the founder of Brad Smith Creative, a visual consulting group, and he serves on the board of directors for the Eddie Adams Barnstorm Workshop and NYC SALT. And has also served as a faculty member for The Summit Workshops and FotoFusion.

Grantham is currently the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair and the NPPA Regional Chairs Representative on the Board. He is a staff photographer at The News Journal in Wilmington, DE where he joined the staff in 2013. Prior to The News Journal Kyle worked at the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo. and the Evansville Courier & Press in Evansville, IN. Kyle is a 2010 graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

In the coming weeks, the newly elected regional chairs will be appointing associate chairs as well as local grassroots leaders in areas with high membership concentrations. They will also officially take office on January 1.

Contact NPPA's national secretary Seth Gitner at [email protected] with any election questions or comments.