The Truth’s Erlacher joins HSPA board


Brandon Erlacher, publisher for The Truth (Elk­­hart), has joined the Hoosier State Press Associ­ation Board of Directors.

He replaces Tim Timmons, whose term ended. Timmons, publisher of The Paper of Montgomery County (Crawfordsville) and The Times (Noblesville), served on the board since 2002.

Erlacher, a lifelong resident of Elkhart County, began his career as a youth carrier for The Truth in the 1980s.

He was named publisher in 2008. Prior to his appointment, he served as general manager, director of operations and in various other capacities during his 14 years with The Truth.

Erlacher is a U.S. Navy veteran. After leaving the service, he worked as an intensive case manager for Oaklawn Mental Health Center working with children in need of services.

He studied psychology at Indiana University of South Bend and holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Active in industry affairs, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Local Media Association (formerly Suburban Newspapers of America). In May 2011 he participated in the SNA Foundation North American Innovation Mission, visiting some of the most innovative community media companies in the United States and Canada.

Erlacher makes a welcomed addition to the board, said Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel.

“Brandon’s experience in leading The Truth puts him in prime position to impact all state newspapers through his service on the board of directors,” Key said.

In other HSPA board news:

• Each April the officers of the board rotate. The 2013-14 HSPA leadership team includes President Robyn McCloskey, Pharos-Tribune (Logansport) and Kokomo Tribune; Vice President Jon O’Bannon, The Corydon Democrat; Secretary Tina West, The Times (Noblesville); and Treasurer Shannon Williams, Indianapolis Recorder.

• Bill Masterson of The Times (Munster) resigned from the board ahead of his move to a position as vice president at Berkshire Hathaway’s BH Media Group.