Bill Flechtner, MJE, is retired from teaching and advising after 45 years. He advised newspapers, yearbooks, and literary magazines at the high school and college levels.
The Milwaukian newspaper he advised is in the NSPA Hall of Fame. Flechtner defended his publications several times from being subject to prior review by his district. He was also an associate professor of education at Warner Pacific College.
He has served on the boards of the Oregon Journalism Education Association and Northwest Scholastic Press. Flechtner has been the JEA Curriculum Commission chair and served on the Certification Committee.
He is a Dow Jones Distinguished Adviser and the 1997 Oregon Journalism Teacher of the Year. He has also received the JEA Medal of Merit and the JEA Lifetime Achievement Award.
He presents at state, regional and national journalism conferences and directed the OJEA summer adviser conference at Southern Oregon University in Ashland for many years. He was named an NSPA Pioneer Award winner in 2014.
He has been a member of the JEA Mentor Program since it began and serves on the mentor board as a mentor trainer. He is currently mentoring five new advisers in Oregon, Nevada and Hawaii.
Posted Sept. 29, 2014 on http://studentpressblogs.org/nspa/2014-nspa-pioneer-award-winners/