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Six vie for board of directors.

Members will choose three of six candidates for two-year terms on the NCEW board of directors. The nominees are:

* Harry Austin, editorial page editor of The Chattanooga Times, one of two distinct editorial pages in the merged Chattanooga Times/Chattanooga Free Press.

* Vanessa Gallman, editorial page editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

* Peter Hadekel, editorial page editor of The Gazette, Montreal, Canada.

* Peter Kohler, vice president of editorial services, Cablevision Systems Corp., New York City area.

* J.R. Labbe, senior editorial writer, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

* Dan Radmacher, editorial page editor, The Charleston Gazette, West Viriginia.

Harry Austin has been a member of NCEW since 1988, has attended all NCEW conventions since then, and served on the Membership and Public Relations committees.

As chair of the Public Relations Committee for three years, he has organized the convention's syndicate fair and handled the convention evaluation and report. His focus for the next two years will be on assisting Sandra Roberts and Phil Haslanger with the 2002 convention in Nashville.

The Times editorial page has been recognized regularly by the Tennessee Press Association for editorial excellence. Several of his editorials have won TPA awards. He is a former news and investigative reporter and past president and chief negotiator for the Chattanooga chapter of the Newspaper Guild.

Vanessa J. Gallman has been editorial page editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader since April 1997. She immediately joined NCEW and has attended the conventions. Her interests on the board would include minority recruitment and training, as well as exploring ways NCEW can help members with the challenges of managing people and time.

Gallman has worked as a national correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C., where she covered welfare reform and national politics.

She also was a District of Columbia political editor for the Washington Post and a journalism professor at the University of Maryland at College Park. Gallman worked for the Washington Times, where she and was in charge of local news coverage. Additionally, she has worked as an editor at the Tallahassee Democrat in Florida and as a reporter for the Charlotte Observer.

The Charlotte, N.C., native graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the mother of one and grandmother of two.

Peter Hadekel has been an NCEW member since 1997 and helped with the organization of the Ottawa convention. He also organized the convention side trip to Montreal in 1998. He would emphasize the Canadian connection if elected.

"There's considerable potential for building up our membership north of the border and making NCEW into something more relevant to the professional concerns of Canadian editorial and opinion writers' he says.

The native of Montreal has worked at The Gazette in Montreal since 1980. Before becoming editorial page editor in 1997, he wrote an opinion column on business and economics. He also was a political reporter and baseball writer. In 1991, he won Canada's National Business Book Award for a book examining the break-up of a Canadian retailing company, Steinberg Inc.

Hadekel holds degrees from Princeton University in English literature and from Carleton University in journalism. He has served on the journalism faculty of Concordia University in Montreal and in 1991 received an Asia-Pacific fellowship to report on Japan.

Peter Kohler is responsible for writing and presenting editorials on Long Island, and for supervising editorial services in Connecticut, New York City, and New Jersey.

In 1995, Kohler joined Cablevision, returning to editorial writing after serving as editorial director at WCBS-TV in New York. He also wrote editorials at The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina.

Kohler's editorials at Cablevision were recognized with the Bronze Medallion for best television editorial by Sigma Delta Chi in 1997 and as best editorial or television commentary by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters in 1996 and 1997. At WCBS-TV, his editorials were recognized with an Emmy Award from the New York Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Kohler has been active with NCEW and has been a contributor to The Masthead. He is interested in improving NCEW's relationships with journalism schools.

Kohler served as Manship Chair Professor at the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University. Prior to that, he served as vice president of the Gannett Broadcasting Group. He also worked at CBS for 19 years as a vice president.

He was graduated from Yale University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Kohler resides in Huntington with his wife, Margot, and son, Cameron.

When J.R. Labbe was hired in 1992 to be the editorial director of Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Arlington edition, she was the first female editorial writer in the company's history and is still the only female writer.

Labbe serves as chair of the NCEW Ethics Committee. An NCEW member for three years, she participated in the foreign affairs briefings at the State Department in 1998, 1999, and 2000. She attended the 1998 Ottawa convention and was a session panelist in the session about balancing home and work at the 1999 Denver convention.

If elected, Labbe would use her experience as a member of the First Amendment Institute, sponsored by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, to update members about nationwide challenges to open government.

In 1998, Labbe won an honorable mention for writing about freedom of information from the Associated Press Managing Editors Association of Texas, and she also received a second place for editorial writing. She won honorable mention for editorial writing in 1997 from the same organization.

A 1997 graduate of Leadership Texas, a network of female leaders, she is a life member of the Kansas University Alumni Association. In 1988, she was public relations coordinator for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus -- "a perfect training ground for editorial writers who have to interview 57 candidates for the primary elections."

Dan Radmacher joined NCEW in 1992. He has missed only two conferences since.

He has served on the New Technology Committee since 1993. Radmacher, who designed his newspaper's Web site, was a panelist at an online editorial pages session at the 1995 convention. Most recently, he helped set up online forums for NCEW. He has been a Membership Committee regional captain for three years.

Radmacher was graduated from Missouri Western State College in 1986, and completed his master's degree in journalism at the Missouri University Graduate School of Journalism in 1989.

He began his career as a reporter at the St. Joseph News- Press/Gazette, where he soon moved to opinion writing. He became the Southern Illinoisan's opinion page editor in 1990.

After three years there, he was named editorial page editor of The Charleston Gazette.

Radmacher was one of five journalists who participated in the 1997 Program for American Journalists sponsored by the Nihon Shinbun Kyokai, the Japan Newspaper Publisher & Editors Association. He has won numerous state press association awards. The Gazette's editorial page was recognized as the best in the state in 1998 by the West Virginia Press Association.

Radmacher says he would focus on furthering the use of technology to reach out to new and potential members and attempt to improve the quality and relevance of convention content.
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