Chelsea Matiash, Brad Smith Appointed To NPPA Board

Visual journalists Chelsea Matiash and Brad Smith were appointed to the board of directors of the National Press Photographers Association today by NPPA's new president, Melissa Lyttle
Visual journalists Chelsea Matiash and Brad Smith were appointed to the board of directors of the National Press Photographers Association today by NPPA's new president, Melissa Lyttle

ATHENS, GA (February 23, 2016) – Melissa Lyttle, president of the National Press Photographers Association, appointed two new members to NPPA's board of directors today. 

Visual journalists Chelsea Matiash and Brad Smith have agreed to serve appointed terms that fill two of NPPA's three appointed board seats.

Danese Kenon, the third presidentially-appointed board member, agreed to remain on the panel for another year, Lyttle said.

Both of today's presidential appointments are additions to the existing board. Director Alex Garcia's appointed spot was vacant after he won an elected at-large seat during the December 2015 elections, and Ray Shepherd's appointed term on the board has come to an end.

“I'm always looking to involve people with good ideas and energy, who are willing to roll up their sleeves and get dirty,” Lyttle said. 

“Chelsea and Brad have impressed me with their willingness to dive in, with ideas for growing our membership, educating existing members who may be transitioning from staff to freelance about the business of photography, as well as mentoring student members who are just beginning their careers. Both are excited to help create awareness about NPPA and help prove the worth of an NPPA membership."

Matiash is the deputy multimedia editor for TIME magazine. In addition to editing content for TIME editorial, she also co-curates the magazine's official Instagram feed and contributes to their LightBox photography blog. Before joining TIME, Matiash was a picture editor for The Wall Street Journal, and she was also editor of Photo Journal, the newspaper's official photography blog.

Before the The Wall Street Journal, Matiash was a picture editor and desk supervisor for The Associated Press. A graduate of the University of Miami, she was editor-in-chief of the school's newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, while studying visual journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @cmatiash

Smith 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. Before that Smith spent 12 years at The New York Times as a sports picture editor, where he won multiple editing awards in Pictures of the Year International.

During the administration of President William Jefferson Clinton, Smith was a picture editor and assistant director of photography for The White House photography department. He has also worked for the National Audubon Society and for the photography agency Sygma. Currently Smith is 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. Follow him on Twitter at @NYBradSmith.

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