Christian Examiner publisher elected president of industry group


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Lamar Keener, president of Keener Communications Group and co-publisher of the Christian Examiner newspapers, has been elected president of the Evangelical Press Association.

His two-year term began May 4. He previously served as president-elect.

The EPA is a professional association for the Christian periodical publishing industry. Its members produce more than 300 titles with a combined circulation of some 22 million. Several hundred members attended the annual convention, this year in Colorado Springs, Colo., from May 2 to 4. Next year's conference will be held in Portland, Ore.

Keener's wife and co-publisher, Theresa Keener, has also previously served on the EPA board as treasurer.

Keener Communications Group publishes five newspapers under the Christian Examiner trademark—four in Southern Californian and one in Seattle. Its sixth publication, the Minnesota Christian Chronicle, edited by Bryan Malley, was named Newspaper of the Year at the convention by both the EPA and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, an affinity group within the EPA representing the newspaper side of the industry.

The Keeners' newspaper group is a frequent winner in both contests.

During the convention, four journalism students were presented with scholarships, including Rebecca Go, who will be a senior in the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University next year. Go was presented with a $1,000 scholarship, as was Rachel Blackmon Bryars, an M.A. student in communication at Johns Hopkins University and Shannon Owens, an M.A. student in media and communication at Dallas Theological Seminary.

The top scholarship was awarded to Benjamin Tertin, who will be a senior at Oregon's Multnomah Bible College next year. Tertin edits his college newspaper, The Voice, and anticipates a career in religious print communication.