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Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program
2017 Recipients

The goal of the Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program, ultimately, is to increase the diversity participation of SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors. The following people were selected to receive Diversity Leadership Grants to attend the Excellence in Journalism 2017 Conference in Anaheim.


Chris Delboni

Award-winning Brazilian journalist Chris Delboni has been a foreign correspondent in Washington, D.C., since 1993 before moving to Miami, where she has taught journalism at the University of Miami and Florida International University. At FIU, she was the first news director for the South Florida News Service, serving local mainstream newspapers, such as the Miami Herald. As faculty adviser for FIU’s chapter of SPJ, she has been awarded SPJ’s David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award in 2014. In 2016, Delboni left her position at FIU to take on an innovative international journalism education project in Miami. She also publishes “Direto de Miami”, a column/blog that features Brazilians in South Florida, as well as news and things to do around Miami.


Saul Garza

Saul Garza has been a tv journalist for the past 25 years. He received a Radio-TV-Film degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He spent five years as anchor/reporter at KRGV, the ABC station in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He then spent two years at WDJT, the CBS station in Milwaukee, WI where he also did Spanish news breaks at the station’s Univision sister station. He also had a weekly franchise called “Our Hispanic Community”. After two years he moved back to Texas and got a job at KDFW Fox 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth where he’s been for the past 18 years. He also has a weekly franchise called “What’s Buggin You”. Saul is a member of SPJ Fort Worth. He is also the past president of Hispanic Communicators DFW, the local chapter of NAHJ, National Association of Hispanic Journalists (2012-2015). He is also an advisory board member in the Department of Media Arts at his alma mater UNT. Saul is an amateur photographer. He’s been married to his wife Tracye for 23 years and has two children.


Syd Hayman

Syd Hayman is a public relations account executive and freelance journalist and copy editor. Her background is in magazine and newspaper writing and editing. After receiving her Bachelor of Journalism in Magazine Publishing and Management from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she returned to her home state of Arkansas and interned with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s night copy desk. Since then, Hayman’s work has appeared in Sync Weekly magazine, Arkansas Life, the Three Rivers Edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and more. Hayman also serves as the secretary for SPJ’s Arkansas Pro Chapter. Through her local SPJ chapter, Hayman helped spearhead a Women in the Media panel this year in honor of Women’s History Month. Hayman believes that “you cannot be what you cannot see,” which speaks to the importance of diversity in journalism.


Angela N. Oliver

Angela N. Oliver is an Atlanta native who found her way to the Bluegrass State to study at Western Kentucky University in 2006. She's now features editor at the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, where she began her career in 2011, and an adjunct instructor of media writing at Kentucky Wesleyan College, where she advises the Black Student Union. Growing up in the inner-city showed her the value of volunteers who made a difference in her life, so, she pays it forward as vice president of the Owensboro Human Relations Commission and the Neblett Community Center, secretary of the Owensboro Black Expo, member of Model Court’s Race, Community & Child Welfare Committee, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which strengthens, celebrates and fights for underserved communities around the world. She hopes to roll her love of journalism, promoting diversity/inclusion, and community service into one career one day soon.


Shaheen Pasha

Shaheen Pasha is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a freelance journalist. She was a reporter and editor for over 15 years for news outlets such as Thomson Reuters in Dubai, CNNMoney.com and Dow Jones Newswires, where she had a daily column in the Wall Street Journal and appeared as a regular an on-air contributor for CNBC Asia. Pasha is the co-editor of Mirror on the Veil: A Collection of Personal Essays on Hijab and Veiling, published by Critical, Cultural and Communications Press (2017). Her freelance work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News, New England Public Radio, USA Today, Daily Beast and Quartz, among other news outlets. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Pace University.


Hilary Powell

Hilary Powell is a reporter who thinks everyone has a story to tell, and is honored to tell those stories in particular that amplify diverse voices. She is a reporter for WSBT-TV (CBS), serving Indiana viewers. She oversaw the editorial vision for a public affairs program she co-founded as managing editor and anchor for WYIN-TV (PBS). Previously, she was a digital associate producer for The Oprah Winfrey Network. For three years, Powell told impactful stories at “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and cut her teeth in network television freelancing and interning for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She’s earned fellowships under the German-American Fulbright Commission and Radio in the American Sector Fellowship in Belgium. Her work has been honored by SPJ, the Indiana chapter of SPJ and the Humane Society of the United States. She’s a double-degreed Wildcat after earning both her bachelor’s and master’s in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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