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Freeman elected president of Outdoor Writers Association

Mail Tribune outdoors writer Mark Freeman was elected president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the oldest and largest association of outdoor communicators in North America.

Freeman was elected the association's 88th president Sunday during the OWAA's annual conference, held this year in McAllen, Texas.

Freeman will be the association's president for the next year.

Freeman has covered the outdoors for the Mail Tribune since March of 1989. He has been a member of the OWAA since 1993, having served the past two years as the group's vice president. Freeman previously served five years on the OWAA board of directors.

The OWAA has about 700 members throughout North America, and about 700 supporting outdoors-related businesses are aligned with the association.

Active members come from such outdoor communications media as newspapers, television, radio, magazines, Internet-based publications and outdoor blogs.