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Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships
Meet the Recipients

Amy Cherry

Amy Cherry, SPJ member since 2013, is the Assistant News Director and general assignment reporter and anchor for WDEL. She joined WDEL's award-winning news team in 2010 from WBZ Newsradio 1030 in Boston. Amy has been named “Best Reporter” by the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association three years in a row. She's also a four-time regional Edward R. Murrow award winner for her investigative and feature reporting. Amy's stories have also been recognized by the Delaware Press Association, winning multiple first place awards. At WDEL, Amy is anything but in-house. She's out in the community, down at the state capitol, or out in the elements, telling your stories and getting you the news you need. Amy is a one-woman band, interviewing newsmakers, shooting video for, and even live tweeting from her iPhone to keep you up-to-date.

Amy is also President and co-founder of the Society of Professional Journalists Chapter in Delaware.

Jacob Kanclerz

Jacob Kanclerz, SPJ member since 2011, is the night reporter for The Advocate in Newark, Ohio, covering breaking news, education, government, business, faith and features. Kanclerz previously interned as a business reporter at The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio. Since starting at The Advocate in October 2012, Kanclerz has been recognized for his watchdog reporting. He was a finalist in the first quarter of 2013 of Gannett’s company-wide awards for writing a data-driven neighborhood crime story.

Kanclerz graduated from Michigan State University in 2012. While at MSU, he helped restart the SPJ student chapter, serving as president during the 2011-2012 year, during which the student chapter successfully organized and hosted a regional SPJ conference at MSU in partnership with the local professional chapter. He’s an outspoken fan of hockey, and cheers for Detroit sports teams and MSU athletics.

McKenzie Romero

McKenzie Romero, SPJ member since 2005, is a reporter for Deseret News in Salt Lake City. This is her first professional job, and she loves covering breaking news, local politics, immigration and more. She is the newest board member for the Utah Headliners pro chapter, working as the publicity officer. A member of SPJ since her freshman year in college, she is a former president of the Southern Utah University chapter.

Before coming to Deseret News, McKenzie interned in Washington, D.C. for Hispanic Link News Service and held several editorial and management positions in college with SUU News and the University Journal. McKenzie graduated from SUU and its Honors Program with degrees in communication and Spanish. She has studied in Spain, served a mission in Guatemala for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and speaks fluent español.

Peter St. Cyr

Peter St. Cyr, SPJ member since 2010, is currently a contributing reporter at the Santa Fe Reporter and Albuquerque the Magazine. An adept storyteller, he’s been writing about people, places and things for more than 30 years. St. Cyr is an active member of SPJ and is in his third year as treasurer of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He’s also a founding member of the chapter’s new Freedom of Information Committee.

An alumnus of the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute at SPJ, St. Cyr’s work has been recognized by Associated Press, New Mexico Broadcasters Association, New Mexico Press Women, and Top of the Rockies for excellence in journalism. In 2012, he was selected as a John Jay College Juvenile Justice Fellow. A veteran government and political reporter, St. Cyr has appeared on CNN, Fox Radio News, ABC Radio News, America Tonight, and New Mexico PBS.

Lynn Walsh

Lynn Walsh, SPJ member since 2004, is the Investigative Producer for WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida where she works with the Contact 5 team to produce stories that hold local officials accountable and expose waste and corruption throughout the community. Before moving to Florida, the Emmy-nominated producer spent time working for Texas Watchdog, a nonprofit, investigative group where she covered education. Lynn has spent time in several markets in Ohio, working for local TV stations and an investigative nonprofit.

She serves as the chairwoman for SPJ’s Generation J Committee, sits on the board of the SPJ South Florida Chapter and is a regular contributor to the RTDNA blog. Lynn believes in government transparency, First Amendment rights for all and government accountability on both sides of the aisle.

About the Terry Harper Memorial Scholarship

Harper Each year, SPJ awards convention scholarships in memory of Terry Harper, SPJ’s executive director from 2002 to 2009. Terry passed away on June 2, 2009 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. At the young age of 45, he left behind a loving wife, two teenage sons and an SPJ family that loved and respected him. As executive director, one of Terry’s highest priorities was the development of high-caliber training opportunities for SPJ members. In honor of Terry’s lasting efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation set up a memorial fund following his death. With a generous outpouring of support, the Society can now proudly provide scholarships to SPJ members to attend its annual convention.

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