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NMG hires Marissa Dadiw as organizer

The News Media Guild has hired Marissa Dadiw as a full-time organizer to bolster union efforts.

Dadiw has been tasked with leading union organizing campaigns at media companies primarily based in the New York area, as well as nationwide news services or websites. She will be vital in working with local organizers, identifying committee members and recruitment.

Dadiw is a communications professional with a background in the book publishing and nonprofit industries. She joined the News Media Guild full-time after being a member organizer for more than three years, working to build a union in the scholarly publishing sector.

Now, Dadiw is working with both publishing and media professionals to build power in previously underrepresented industries.

Originally from California, Dadiw has been in New York for the past 5 years working as a copywriter and copyeditor. She’s thrilled to be a part of the exciting wave of organizing that the Guild is leading across the country.

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New term of Executive Committee, Representative Assembly begins

The new term of the News Media Guild’s Executive Committee and Representative Assembly has begun.

Here is a list of the current officers, who will be serving three-year terms through Feb. 21, 2021.

NMG Executive Committee

PresidentJill Bleed, AP Little Rock

1st V.P. John Braunreiter, AP Milwaukee

Secretary/Treasurer, Vin Cherwoo, AP New York Sports

2nd V.P.Mike Warren, AP Atlanta

3rd V.P.Amanda Holpuch, Guardian New York


NMG Representative Assembly

AP Washington AreaDarlene Superville, Washington

AP New York CityDan Derella, Photos

AP SouthMeg Kinnard, Columbia

AP WestKim Kruesi, Boise

AP CentralNoah Trister, Detroit

AP EastJimmy Golen, Boston

AP TelevisionMike Lennox, Los Angeles

AP PhotographersLynne Sladky, Miami

TechniciansDave Herron, AP Seattle

EFEJorge Banales, Washington

GuardianLauren Gambino, Washington

UPI – Vacant


NMG Representative Alternates

AP Washington Area – Lisa Dwyer-Shapiro, Washington

AP New York City – Larry Fenn, Data/Web Development

AP South – Terry Spencer, Miami

AP West – Janie Har, San Francisco

AP Central – Vacant

AP East – Mike Sisak, Philadelphia

AP Television – Melinda Ulloa, Washington

AP Photographers – Sue Ogrocki, Oklahoma City

AP Technicians – Ed Morsett, Denver

EFE – Vacant

Guardian – Tim Hill, New York

UPI – Vacant

(An alternate assumes the delegate position on the RA when a vacancy occurs.) 

Guild sets bargaining team for AP negotiations

The bargaining team for the News Media Guild’s contract negotiations includes one veteran of previous sessions and some new faces.

AP Sports staffer Vin Cherwoo, who works in New York, has served on four previous bargaining teams. He also is the Guild’s secretary-treasurer.

The other members are Jill Bleed, a breaking news staffer in Little Rock, Arkansas, and two technicians who will share the duty: Dave Herron of Seattle and Ed Morsett of Denver.

”I look forward to working with my fellow negotiators as we fight to get the best possible contract for our talented and hard-working colleagues across the country,” said Cherwoo, who covers the NHL’s Rangers and Islanders for the AP.

Bleed lives in Little Rock with her husband, Jake, and their daughters, 6-year-old Claire and 2-year-old Greta. She said she wants to work with the other bargainers to represent Guild members and negotiate a contract “that reflects AP’s commitment to quality journalism.”