Catholic Media Association Announces New Board Officers

Gretchen Crowe, Paula Gwynn Grant and Carol Zimmermann elected to lead the organization for the next two years

CHICAGO (May 17, 2023) — The Catholic Media Association (CMA), the largest association of Catholic media professionals in North America, has announced the results of its officer election for the Board of Directors.

The new Board President will be Gretchen Crowe, Editor-in-Chief of OSV News. The new Vice President will be Paula Gwynn Grant, Secretary for Communications for The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. The new Secretary will be Carol Zimmermann, Senior National Correspondent for The Tablet, Brooklyn's diocesan newspaper.

The newly elected officers will begin their two-year terms on June 8, at the annual Catholic Media Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. They will lead the Board in its mission and vision to serve and support Catholic media professionals, and promote excellence in Catholic journalism.

“I am honored and humbled to have been elected the next president of the Catholic Media Association,” Crowe said. “The association has the unique mission of strengthening the professional development and spiritual growth of those in Catholic media as they seek to share the Good News with the world. I look forward to continuing that important work with Paula, Carol and the rest of the Board of Directors.”

Grant expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to serve as Vice President. “I am very pleased and grateful to be part of this dynamic team that will lead CMA into the future,” she said. “I am looking forward to bringing my experience, commitment, and energy for Catholic communications to this role and to support our members in their vital ministry.”

Zimmermann said she was honored to be elected secretary and hoped to be diligent in keeping record of the discussion, progress and developments of the CMA for the next two years. “The CMA is a great group. They are fun to work with and they also take seriously their role of supporting members and helping them thrive in today’s challenging and often unpredictable media landscape.”

In March, the Catholic Media Association announced the election of six members to its Board of Directors. Directors serve various categories of membership, representing the diversity of Catholic media professionals throughout North America:

  • JoAnn DiNapoli, Treasurer, Director of Sales at DeSales Media Group, Brooklyn.
  • Pablo Kay, Western Region Representative, Editor-in-Chief of Angelus, Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
  • Michael La Civita, Magazine Business Staff Member, Director of Communications for Catholic Near East Welfare Association.
  • James Ramos, Southern Region Representative, journalist, photographer and design editor at the Texas Catholic Herald.
  • Mike Walsh, Newspaper Publisher Member, associate publisher of the Catholic Star Herald and Secretary for Communications for the Diocese of Camden.
  • Emily Sanna, Magazine Publisher Member, managing editor of U.S. Catholic magazine.

About the Catholic Media Association

The Catholic Media Association builds and strengthens the value, effectiveness and identity of Catholic media by facilitating the professional development and spiritual growth of its members. The Catholic Media Association contributes to the Church’s mission of communicating the Good News and evangelizing the modern world by engaging and supporting Catholic media.

The Catholic Media Association is the most active and vibrant group of Catholic media professionals in the world, and has been uniting and serving Catholic journalists since 1911.

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