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Irwin Gratz
Morning Edition Producer
Maine Public Broadcasting Network
309 Marginal Way
Portland, ME 04101
Work: (207) 874-6570
Fax: (207) 871-3843
Bio (click to expand) Irwin Gratz has been in radio news for nearly 30 years. He worked as a reporter, anchor and News Director for the number-one rated commercial station in Portland, Maine before going to work for public radio in 1992 as local anchor of “Morning Edition.”

A native of New York City, Irwin holds a Masters Degree in journalism from New York University. He has taught a college course on media ethics and has been a guest lecturer on journalism ethics and broadcast news writing.

Irwin has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists since 1983 and has held positions as a state chapter president, a member of its national board and was the Society’s national President in 2004 and 2005.

Irwin lives outside of Portland, Maine with his wife and young son.
Vice President

Hagit Limor
Assistant Professor of Electronic Media, University of Cincinnati
Bio (click to expand) Hagit Limor’s experience with SPJ includes stints as National President; National President-Elect; National Secretary-Treasurer; National Membership Committee; National Finance Committee Chair; current National Legal Defense Fund Committee chair; National Chair of Executive Director Search Committee; Board Member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation; and Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter President, membership chairman and current chapter treasurer.

Outside of SPJ, she serves in dual roles as a professor at the University of Cincinnati's Electronic Media Department and as WXIX-TV's Emmy and national award-winning investigative reporter. Her abilities as a writer and reporter have garnered Hagit more than 100 national, state and local awards, including ten Emmy awards, a National Headliner Award, three national Sigma Delta Chi Awards and as a national finalist with the Investigative Reporters and Editors Association. Hagit received bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.


Sonny Albarado
Projects Editor
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
121 E. Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201 501/244-4321
Bio (click to expand) As projects editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, Sonny Albarado supervises reporters on investigative and explanatory journalism assignments. He holds a bachelor’s degree and an honorary doctor of letters from Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, La.

His journalism career of more than 40 years includes lengthy sojourns in Baton Rouge, La., and Memphis, Tenn. He has been a reporter, an assistant city editor, a business editor (twice), a projects editor (twice), a news editor and a city editor. He also briefly edited a trade magazine dedicated to the coin-operated amusement industry.

He has been involved in the defense of the First Amendment and the free flow of information since his days as editor of his college’s student newspaper. A member of SPJ since 1979, he is a past president of SPJ and a current member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

All awards he’s received have been the result of good editors when he was a reporter and excellent reporters since he’s been an editor.

Howard S. Dubin
Chairman & Treasurer
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
1633 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201-1569
Work: (847) 448-1123
Fax: (847) 864-0044
Home: (847)869-7838
Bio (click to expand) Howard Dubin is chairman and treasurer of Manufacturers’ News, Inc., in Evanston Ill. He is treasurer of the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation (formerly Sigma Delta Chi Foundation), Chicago Headline Club, and Chicago Headline Club Foundation. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists and the Advisory Board of PBS TV Channel 20 in Chicago. Dubin is president of the Howard & Ursula Dubin Foundation.

He is a past president of the SDX Foundation and Chicago Headline Club and past national secretary/treasurer of the Society of Professional Journalists, where he served on the national board for nine years. He has chaired SPJ’s finance, planning, membership & facility location committees.

Dubin has received the Society’s Wells Memorial Key, as well as two national Presidents Awards. The national organization named its annual Outstanding Member Awards for him.

Dubin also served as an officer for the Illinois Freedom of Information Council, and Loyola University Center for FOI Studies.

SPJ Foundation Board Members

Dr. Battinto L. Batts Jr.
Journalism Fund Director
Scripps Howard Foundation
Cincinnati, Ohio
Bio (click to expand) Dr. Battinto L. Batts Jr. is the journalism fund director at the Scripps Howard Foundation. In his role, Battinto oversees programming and funding related to the field of journalism, including the annual Scripps Howard Awards competition and program.

Battinto was a newspaper reporter for 18 years, including stints at the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Tampa Bay Times and The Virginian-Pilot. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s degree in media and communications at Norfolk State University and his doctoral degree in higher education management at Hampton University. His doctoral dissertation examined the use of social media for the educational engagement of millennial age college students.

He joined the Scripps Howard Foundation after serving as assistant dean for academic affairs in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University. Battinto had previously been the director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute at Hampton.

April Bethea
The Washington Post
Bio (click to expand) April Bethea is a homepage producer at The Washington Post, which she joined in February 2016. She previously spent 11 years at The Charlotte Observer, in her hometown, where she worked as a reporter, online producer and digital editor.

Bethea has served on the board of directors for the SPJ DC Pro chapter since January. She also is a past chapter officer with the Charlotte Pro SPJ Chapter and a past chair of SPJ's diversity committee. She's an alum of the Scripps Howard training and attended past EIJs as a diversity and Terry Harper fellow. While diversity chair, the committee in 2015 successfully created a SDX-backed fellowship to help provide management training to minority journalists and conducted a survey of past EIJ diversity fellows.

Michael Bolden
JSK Journalism Fellowships
Stanford University
Bio (click to expand) Michael Bolden has spent more than 25 years working in multiple areas of journalism, including editing, reporting, production, and philanthropic funding for innovation and entrepreneurship in the field. He is the managing director, editorial and operations, for the John S. Knight (JSK) Fellowships at Stanford University, an international program focused on entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership in journalism.

Previously, Bolden served as the first editorial director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Prior to joining Knight Foundation, he worked at The Washington Post for 13 years, where he led the development and transportation reporting team and worked as an editor for The Washington Post Magazine, Style and Sunday Arts.

Bolden has also worked for the Miami Herald, the Northwest Florida Daily News and The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). He was a fellow in the Maynard Media Academy’s entrepreneurial leadership program at Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama.

In addition to the Society for Professional Journalists, he is a member of ACES: the Society for Editing, the American Society of News Editors, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Press Club, NLGJA-the Association of LGBTQ Journalists, and Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honorary. He lives in Northern California.

Fred W. Brown, Jr.
Retired - The Denver Post
2862 S. Oakland Ct.
Denver, CO 80014
Home: (303)755-0395
Bio (click to expand) Fred Brown is a former national president of SPJ (1997-98) and is very active on its ethics committee. He writes a column on ethics for Quill magazine and served on the committee that wrote the Society’s 1996 code of ethics.

Brown officially retired from The Denver Post in early 2002, but continues to write a Sunday editorial page column for the newspaper. He also does analysis for Denver’s NBC television station, teaches communication ethics at the University of Denver, and is a principal in Hartman & Brown, LLP, a media training and consulting firm. He has won several awards for writing and community service, including a Sigma Delta Chi Award for editorial writing in 1988. He is an Honor Alumnus of Colorado State University, a member of the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame, and serves on the boards of directors of Colorado Public Radio, the Colorado Freedom of Information Council and the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation (formerly Sigma Delta Chi Foundation).

David Cuillier
Associate Professor
University of Arizona School of Journalism
Jay Evensen
Editorial Page Editor
Deseret Morning News
P.O. Box 1257
Salt Lake City, UT 85110
(801) 237-2185
Bio (click to expand) Jay Evensen is a senior columnist and editorial writer for the Deseret News and deseretnews.com in Salt Lake City, where he has worked since 1986. He currently is a member of the SDX Board and previously served for six years as the Region 9 director on the SPJ Board. He also was president of the Utah Headliners chapter of SPJ in the early '90s. He has won numerous local and regional SPJ awards, was in charge of the Utah Headliner awards in the '90s, and has been a judge for MOE, SDX, the Pulliam Fellowship, the First Amendment Award and several other local and regional awards. He enjoys serving on the committee because he believes SPJ's awards are perhaps its most visible face to the world of journalism and must reflect the utmost in credibility and prestige.

Paul Fletcher
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
Virginia Lawyers Weekly
Todd J. Gillman
Washington Bureau Chief
Dallas Morning News
529 14th St. NW suite 930
Washington, DC 20045
Work: (202) 661-8421
Cell: (202) 441-6840
Bio (click to expand) Todd J. Gillman has been Washington Bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News since 2009. He was elected to a three-year term on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association in mid-2014, and has served as president of the Regional Reporters Association, representing the interests of Washington correspondents. He has served as president and vice president of the SDX Foundation, as regional director on the SPJ board, and as president of the Dallas SPJ chapter. He graduated from Johns Hopkins and received a masters in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and joined The News in 1989.

Matthew T. Hall
Editorial and Opinion Director
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Bio (click to expand) Matthew T. Hall is the editorial and opinion director at The San Diego Union-Tribune, where he has worked since 2001. He manages the Ideas and Opinion section, writing and editing editorials, and overseeing a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoon, op-ed commentary, letters to the editor and an innovative blog and podcast called “The Conversation," which shares the news of the day in dynamic digital ways. He has been a national board member of the Society of Professional Journalists since 2014 and is also a board member and past president of the San Diego chapter of SPJ. He has been named blogger, feature writer, critic and social media personality of the year by San Diego SPJ and blogger and columnist of the year by the San Diego Press Club. He has won San Diego SPJ’s Herbert Lockwood “Woody” Award for humor writing and the San Diego Press Club’s Jim Reiman Award for outstanding media management. He is married to a fellow journalist, and they have two precocious daughters. He’s probably on Twitter right now at @SDuncovered, where he’ll gladly answer your tweet.
Kelly Hawes
Managing Editor/Design
Indiana Media Group
Bio (click to expand) Kelly Hawes, a 38-year veteran of the newspaper industry, is managing editor/design for CNHI's Indiana Media Group. He manages CNHI's Indiana design center, which designs pages for a dozen CNHI newspapers.

Hawes has won numerous awards as a reporter, columnist and editorial writer. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh in 1996.

He is a past national president of the Society of Professional Journalists, and he was a member of that organization's Sigma Delta Chi Foundation board of directors in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is also a former member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame Association board of directors and a former member of the World Press Freedom Committee and the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

He is a native of Anderson, Indiana, and a 1976 graduate of Indiana University. He is married and the father of two children.

Evelyn Hsu
Executive Director
Maynard Institute
Bio (click to expand) Evelyn Hsu is executive director of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. She is a former associate director of the American Press Institute and a former member of the faculty of the Poynter Institute. Hsu was a reporter for The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a past national president of the Asian American Journalists Association. She has served on the board of the Student Press Law Center and on the Youth Services Committee of the Newspaper Association of America. She currently serves on the board of directors of the local Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C.
Alex Jones
Shorenstein Center
Harvard University

Bill Ketter
Senior Vice President/News
100 Turnpike St.
North Andover, MA 08145
Work: (978) 946-2000
Bio (click to expand) Bill Ketter is a veteran journalist, news executive and journalism educator. He has served as editor in chief and vice president/news for The Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company in North Andover, Mass., since 2002. The Eagle-Tribune won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for breaking news. Previously, he was a reporter, editor and vice president with United Press International for 16 years, and served as senior vice president and editor of The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass., for 20 years.

Ketter is a former chairman of Boston University’s Journalism School. He has served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (1995-96), and as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board at Columbia University. He was the first chairman of the international editors forum sponsored by the World Newspaper Association in Vienna, Austria, in 1994 and has traveled to more than 25 countries on behalf of a free press for various U.S. news organizations.

Jane Kirtley
Silha Center
University of Minnesota
Murphy Hall Room 111
206 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Work: (612) 625-9038
Bio (click to expand) Jane E. Kirtley has been the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota since August 1999. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Arlington, Virginia, for 14 years.

She was appointed Director of The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law in May 2000, and was named to the affiliated faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School in March 2001. During the Spring 2004 semester, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Kirtley speaks frequently on First Amendment and freedom of information issues, both in the United States and abroad. She also writes the “First Amendment Watch” column for American Journalism Review.

Prof. Kirtley received her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1979. She holds bachelor’s and master’s of journalism degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Sally Lehrman
Director, Journalism Program
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Santa Clara University
Frank LoMonte

Patricia Gallagher Newberry
Senior Lecturer and Area Coordinator of Journalism
Journalism Program
Miami University
Sue Porter
Scripps Howard Foundation, Retired

Russell B. Pulliam
Associate Editor
The Indianapolis Star
307 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46206
Work: (317)444-6001
Bio (click to expand) Russell B. Pulliam is Associate Editor of The Indianapolis Star, where he also directs the Pulliam Fellowship Program. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at Butler University in Indianapolis and a World Journalism Institute instructor.

Before coming to The Star, Pulliam was an editorial writer, columnist and editor for the Indianapolis News. He also worked previously as a reporter and editor for The Associated Press and has been a correspondent for The New York Times, Springfield Union, Berkshire Eagle and North Adams Transcript.

Pulliam has received several awards for his journalism work and community service. He is a graduate of Williams College and serves as an elder at Second Reformed Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.

Sonya Ross
Race and ethnicity editor
Associated Press
Bio (click to expand) Sonya Ross is The Associated Press’ first-ever race and ethnicity editor, based in Washington, D.C. An Atlanta native, Sonya began her career at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a library clerk. She joined The AP in Atlanta as an intern in 1986 and in 1995 became the first black woman assigned to cover the White House for The AP. During the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Sonya was the print pool journalist aboard Air Force One with President George W. Bush. Sonya helped direct war and diplomacy coverage as AP’s World Services editor in 2002, and in 2004 was named editor for AP’s Washington-based regional reporters. Sonya previously served on the board of the White House Correspondents Association and currently serves on the board of the Washington Press Club Foundation. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Journalism and Women’s Symposium.

Andy Schotz
Bio (click to expand) Andy Schotz was a city editor for The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Md., for about 19 months until he was laid off on April 17, 2017.

He has been an SPJ member since 2002 and has held various positions on the Washington, D.C., Pro chapter board, including three consecutive one-year terms as president.

He served on the SPJ Ethics Committee from 2004 to 2011, including three years as chairman.

Schotz ran unsuccessfully for at-large director on the national SPJ board in 2012. The following year, he ran unopposed for Region 2 director.

He is a frequent SPJ contest judge (D.C. Pro Dateline Awards, SDX, Mark of Excellence, Green Eyeshade, high school essay) and has twice coordinated Region 2's Mark of Excellence contest.

He joined the SPJ Awards & Honors Committee in 2013 and helped work on a national survey seeking feedback about the MOE contest. He is currently the committee's chairman.

Before joining The Frederick News-Post in 2015, he was an editor at The Gazette, a chain of weekly papers, in Montgomery County, Md. He was there for almost 2 1/2 years before The Gazette folded in June 2015.

Schotz worked for eight years as a reporter and editor at The Altamont Enterprise, a weekly paper in upstate New York, then 13 years as a reporter for The Herald-Mail, a daily paper in Hagerstown, Md.

He is on the board of directors of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.
J. Alex Tarquinio
Freelance Journalist
Bio (click to expand) J. Alex Tarquinio is the national president of the Society of Professional Journalists. She also serves as a board member of the SDX Foundation.

Tarquinio has two decades of experience as a writer and editor. She has written about business and politics in the United States, Europe and Asia. Most recently, she covered the negotiations leading up to the first summit between the United States and North Korea in articles for Politico Magazine and the New York Post. Previously, she worked at Dow Jones as a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money Magazine. Her editing stints included Time Inc., the Real Deal magazine and Forbes.com. She received a German Marshall Fund fellowship for a reporting residency in the divided island nation of Cyprus. As a freelance writer, her byline has appeared in The New York Times (which published nearly 200 of her articles), The International Herald Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Barron’s and Reader’s Digest, among others.

A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she speaks French. She lives in New York City with her husband, Frank.

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