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Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships
Meet the Recipients

This year, SPJ awarded four convention scholarships in memory of Terry Harper, SPJ’s executive director from 2002 to 2009. The following people were selected to receive Harper Memorial Scholarships to attend the Excellence in Journalism 2015 Conference in Orlando.

Ellen Eldridge

Ellen is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers, covering Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. In 2014, she placed third in the Best Student Feature Writer category of the Green Eyeshade Awards. Her freelance work has appeared in, Sales Mastery Magazine,, Performer Magazine and Atlanta Music Guide. As an intern, she reported news for both Cherokee Tribune and Marietta Daily Journal. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Kennesaw State University, Ellen earned degrees in communication (journalism track) and psychology. In her role as president-elect for SPJ Georgia, she works with board members on local workshops for professional and student journalists. Ellen is passionate about two things: journalism and family. The time she isn’t writing or researching, she’s playing with her two toddlers, ages 4 and 2. Her husband is her best friend.

Khalil Garriott

Khalil Garriott is an award-winning digital sports journalist. He was the winner of a 2012 Dateline Awards Competition (Sports Website Category), given by the Washington, D.C. SPJ chapter.

Garriott currently works for Red Bull Media House as the Managing Editor of Previously, he was News Editor at TheWrap News Inc. Prior to that, Garriott worked as a World Cup editor at Yahoo! Sports. He’s been a senior editor and digital content editor at, online editor at the NFL Players Association and a sports producer for AOL Sports. He’s also worked as an Interactive Content Producer for, a reporter for Major League Soccer and a correspondent for the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record.

Garriott earned his master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown University and holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. Garriott lives in Los Angeles, Calif., where he’s an Associate Board Member of the SPJ L.A. Pro chapter.

Jennifer Karchmer

Jennifer Karchmer is a member of the SPJ Western Washington Pro chapter and is active at the national level. She has worked with the SPJ FOI Committee and the SPJ International Committee. In May, she organized and facilitated the SPJ Google Hangout discussion for World Press Freedom Day. After graduating from Ithaca College in 1991, Jennifer started her career in mainstream media working as a reporter for the Associated Press, CNN, McClatchy and Gannett before becoming an independent journalist in 2010. As a correspondent for Reporters Without Borders, Jennifer defends press freedom around the world. She is recently returned from a visit to South Africa where she is studying press freedom. In 2012, Jennifer was awarded First Place in the SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest for her articles on freedom of the press in Iceland. Jennifer is also an ESL teacher. She lived in France in 2014 studying French.

Steve Schuster

Steve is an award-winning, internationally published journalist with more than a decade of experience covering a wide range of topics. He has covered the Maryland General Assembly and Baltimore County politics for The Baltimore Sun Media Group and international public policy matters for Bloomberg BNA. Steve has also covered the House Intelligence Committee as an editor on Capitol Hill, and most recently appeared as a member of the White House Press Corps in the Netflix series House of Cards. Steve revived SPJ’s Milwaukee professional chapter in 2012, serving as its President and organizing professional development events on SEO, social media and accessing public records. As President of SPJ's Maryland professional chapter, he chaired the Region 2 Conference programming committee. As Vice President he chaired the scholarship committee, implementing guidelines that will marshal student scholarships for years to come. Steve also assisted with the revision of SPJ’s ethics code, serving as a Maryland delegate at last year's national conference in Nashville.

Andrew Seaman

Andrew is a medical journalist for Reuters Health in New York. Before coming to Reuters Health, he was a Kaiser Media Fellow at Reuters’s Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covered the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

In 2011, Andrew graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied investigative journalism as a Stabile Fellow and was named “Student of the Year.” Andrew also graduated with his B.A. from Wilkes University in 2011.

He’s won numerous awards throughout his short career, including being named a 2010 Tom Bigler Scholar for ethical standards in journalism, the 2009 Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award, the 2009 and the Arthur H. Barlow National Student Journalist of the Year Award.

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