Wimberley Promoted to Executive Director of APA
Ashley Wimberley of Little Rock, a native of Rector and a 1995 graduate of Clay County Central High School, has been promoted to executive director of the Arkansas Press Association. Byron Tate, president of the association’s board of directors, made the announcement.
Wimberley, 40, has been the press association’s interim director since Tom Larimer’s retirement Jan. 30. She was previously the director of marketing.
“I strongly believe in the future of newspapers and this industry as we adopt new strategies and approaches to serve our communities in a meaningful and effective manner,” Wimberley said. “Journalism is more important now than ever.”
Wimberley said she was eager to accept the new challenge.
“Ashley is the right person to pick up where Tom left off,” Tate said. “Our association has continued to be successful in recent years, despite the challenges in our industry. We have great faith in her ability to help us maintain that success.”
Wimberley said she grew up in a newspaper family — her parents, Ron and Nancy Kemp, published newspapers in Clay County for more than 40 years before recently retiring. She began working at the APA in August 2005 after six years as Public Relations Group Manager at CJRW, a Little Rock advertising firm. She graduated summa cum laude in marketing from Union University in Jackson, Tenn,
"I grew up in Rector and Clay County with the love of newspapers in my blood and nothing has changed since those earlier years," Wimberley told the CCTD. "I strongly believe my education and experiences here were an excellent preparation for my career in working with newspapers and communities across our great state."
Wimberley and her husband, Neal, have two daughters, Anna, 13, and Maggie, 10.
The Arkansas Press Association is a non-profit organization that consists of more than 110 newspapers in Arkansas and 130 associate members. Its primary function is to provide members with information and training opportunities to help them grow and succeed. The APA has two subsidiaries, Arkansas Press Services, Inc. and the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation. APS offers numerous advertising services to the public and member papers. The foundation provides funds for scholarships, internships and other educational programs.