NDNA board chooses new executive director
Sarah Elmquist Squires, editor of a twice-weekly newspaper in Winona, Minn, will take the helm of the NDNA beginning Dec. 1.
She will succeed Steve Andrist, becoming the ninth executive director of the 134-year-old newspaper association.
“We look forward to seeing what Sarah can accomplish with her collaborative ideas and enthusiasm for journalism,” said NDNA President Matt Von Pinnon, editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. “She has great ideas for how the state's newspapers can build on their strong connections within their communities."
Squires is editor of the Winona Post, a 24,000-circulation biweekly newspaper. She has 16 years of experience working for Minnesota newspapers, the last 14 at the Post. Previous to that, she worked at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood, and the Granite Falls Advocate-Tribune in Granite Falls.
“I have a passion for local journalism, and I’m eager to share my energy in support of our members and their mission in serving their communities,” Squires said.
Squires enjoys boating and exploring the outdoors with her Saint Bernard puppy, Axl, along with reading, gardening, cooking, and camping. She is a graduate of Brooklyn Center, Minn., High School and St. Cloud State University.
Andrist is retiring after eight years as NDNA's executive.