Richard A. Nafsinger

Born: 1933, Idaho
Inducted: 2002

Associated with:
Hood River News, 1962-1991
Albany Democrat-Herald, 1958-1962

Biography:
From his humble beginnings as an Idaho farm boy, Richard A. Nafsinger entered the media world as a student with jobs at a local radio station.
     After completing his schooling in Idaho, Nafsinger joined the news staff of the Albany Democrat-Herald in 1958 and later served as the newspaper’s editor before being named editor and publisher of the Hood River News in 1962, at the age of 29.
     Under his leadership, the News grew from a hot-type operation averaging 12-14 pages a week to a twice-weekly averaging 50 pages per week with a full-service commercial printing plant. It was named the top newspaper in both Oregon and the United States on several occasions, and is the recipient of the coveted National Newspaper Association’s General Excellence award.
     The News was one of the three original newspapers owned by Eagle Newspapers, Inc. (then Blue Mountain Eagle, Inc.). Nafsinger became a key participant in the company and a key player in its growth. In 1991, he stepped down as publisher of the Hood River News to devote all of his time to serving as president and chief operating officer of Eagle, a position he held from 1978 to 2001. He remains on the Eagle board.
     Nafsinger and his wife, Phyllis, maintain their home in Hood River and are the parents of four children.

Accomplishments:
1971 President, Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association
1978-2001 President and COO of Eagle Newspapers, Inc.
1986 President, National Newspaper Association
1986 Amos E. Voorhies Award, ONPA
1992 Voluntary interim director, Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association
1996 President's Award, ONPA