Green Forest native named APA director

Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Tom Larimer

Carroll County native Tom Larimer has been named executive director of the Arkansas Press Association, replacing Dennis Schick, who is retiring after 25 years in the position.

Larimer is the son of Ted and Margaret Larimer, long-time owners and publishers of the Green Forest Tribune. Tom grew up in Green Forest, graduated from Green Forest High School and Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, with a degree in journalism and business management. He returned to Carroll County to work on the family-owned newspaper.

The Larimer family sold its newspaper interests to Carroll County Newspapers in 1988, and Tom stayed on with CCN as editor and general manager of the company's four newspapers and its other publications. He left CCN in 1991 to take the position of editor and publisher of The Nevada (Mo.) Daily Mail.

Larimer will be returning to Arkansas from Nashville, Tenn., where he was publisher of the City Paper. His other posts were as director of regional publications for the U.S. Media Group, publisher of the Great Bend (Kansas) Tribune and of the Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The Arkansas Press Association represents 143 daily and weekly newspapers in the state, and as executive director, Larimer will be responsible for the organizations's state and national lobbying efforts, its many educational workshops, its cooperative advertising network and its conventions, among other duties.

Larimer is a Vietnam veteran, serving with the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972.

He and his wife, Pam, have three children. He will assume his duties with the APA on July 19.

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