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Ricardo Sandoval
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Bio (click to expand) picture Ricardo Sandoval is Assistant City Editor at the Sacramento Bee newspaper. He supervises the paper’s environment, science and regional development teams of reporters. Before joining The Bee, Sandoval was a foreign correspondent, based in Mexico City, for the Dallas Morning News and Knight Ridder Newspapers. Sandoval was born in Mexico and raised in San Diego, California. He graduated with a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in Northern California. His career has spanned three decades and has included award-winning coverage of California agriculture, immigration, the savings and loan scandal and the deregulation of public utility companies. His list of awards includes the Overseas Press Club, the InterAmerican Press Club, the Gerald Loeb prize for business journalism and two honors from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Sandoval co-authored — with his wife, journalist Susan Ferriss — the biography “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement” published in 1997 by Harcourt.

Ronnie Lovler, vice chair
Bio (click to expand) picture Ronnie Lovler is associate director of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco State University. She is also senior writer for the nonprofit, and its public-interest news service, “News You Might Have Missed”. In addition to serving as international committee chair, Ronnie is a member of the executive board of the northern California chapter of SPJ. Ronnie taught journalism at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida before moving to San Francisco.

Ronnie’s journalism career spans several decades. She served as bureau chief and correspondent for CNN in Latin America for almost 10 years. During her time at CNN, she reported from every country in Latin America. She also worked for CBS News, The Weather Channel and The Associated Press, as well as The San Juan Star in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was part of a team of observers headed by President Jimmy Carter monitoring electoral processes in Nicaragua (2001) and Venezuela (2004). During the 2005 U.S. hurricane season, Ms. Lovler worked with the American Red Cross as a volunteer crisis communicator and public information officer. She received her undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and her graduate degree in communications at the University of Florida.

Home > International Journalism > SPJ-Korea Exchange

For the past four years, SPJ and Korean journalists have built a cultural and professional exchange. Delegations from the Journalists Association of Korea attended our conventions in Fort Worth, Tampa and New York, came to a seminar on international journalism in Washington, D.C., and have been guests in the homes of our members. SPJ delegations have traveled to South Korea to attend forums with journalists from throughout East Asia, visit the Demilitarized Zone and offer our support to JAK when it faces battles similar to ours. We have mutual interests in promoting journalistic ethics and battling for free press and freedom of information.

March 2007

The Journalists Association of Korea, in conjunction with the International Federation of Journalists, is hosting a 2007 Special Conference from March 11-16 aimed at “Peace and Reconciliation of the Korean Peninsula.” The IFJ-JAK event has brought together about 200 journalists, celebrities and dignitaries. Meetings are taking place in Seoul, South Korea and Mt. Keumgang, North Korea. It is the first time Korean journalists have met in the spirit of reconciliation since the IFJ was founded in 1926.

Representing SPJ at the special conference are Region 4 Director Kevin Smith and Quill editor Joe Skeel. Read about the trip (and see pictures of what they saw) by following this link.

November 24-30, 2006

Trip Photo 1

SPJ members Todd Gillman, Robert Leger, Neil Ralston, Kevin Smith and Pueng Vongs attended the third Asia Journalist Association Forum in Incheon, Yongpyung and Seoul. Read about their trip and view an interactive slideshow by following this link.

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