Nevada Press Association hires advocate as new executive

January 2, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Press Association has a new day-to-day advocate for government transparency representing daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and online publications in the upcoming Legislature.

Richard Karpel (kar-PEHL’) said Wednesday he’ll move to Carson City in coming days to serve as the association’s executive director. The Legislature begins next month.

Karpel replaces Barry Smith, who retired in October after 12 years as press association chief.

Karpel heads Karpel Public Affairs, a policy advocacy firm that assumed ownership in 2017 of 20-year-old American PressWorks in Washington, D.C.

He says his priorities are open records, open meetings and public notices.

Karpel has a law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

He has headed trade and professional groups including the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and the American Society of News Editors.

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