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Headquarters Staff

Society of Professional Journalists
P.O. Box 441748, Indianapolis, IN 46244
317-927-8000 | Fax: 317-920-4789

Interim Executive Director
Jennifer Royer

Jennifer joined SPJ HQ in August 2014 as the Society’s first communications strategist. She develops and implements overall strategy for SPJ’s communication and marketing efforts regarding proactively promoting journalism advocacy and SPJ’s role in the profession and democracy. She graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After working as a newspaper reporter and editor for six years, she made the transition to public relations, working for her alma mater and, later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Director of Education
Karyn Nishimura Sneath

Karyn strategizes and manages the educational offerings of SPJ. The primary programs include annual convention content planning, the Future Leaders Academy (sponsored by the SPJ Foundation), various webinars for members at large and resources specific to chapter success.  Read More

Director of Ethics and Diversity
Rod Hicks

Rod has experience at numerous news organizations across the country. Most recently, he served as an editor for The Associated Press at its Philadelphia-based East Regional Desk. In this role, he worked on several major national stories including the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, the Boston Marathon bombing and the sexual assault trials of Bill Cosby. Read More

Quill Editor/Manager of Publications and Awards
Lou Harry

Lou Harry’s journalism career includes editing stints at Philadelphia magazine, Indianapolis Monthly and the Indianapolis Business Journal along with freelance work for more than 50 publications and websites. Read More

Development Officer
Matt Morris

As a kid, Matt and his friend, Walt, whose family owned the local newspaper, cut through the back shop to see Walt's dad. The linotype and press caught his eye. Thus, he followed his mom to Indiana University's School of Journalism. Read More

Communications Specialist & Quill Assistant Editor
Zoë Berg

Zoë joined staff in May 2019 as the Communications Coordinator to assist with communication and marketing efforts. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in communication with concentrations in journalism and public relations. Read More

Web Administrator
Corbin Rose


Corbin Rose is a Graphic Design and Communication graduate with over one decade of experience in front-end development and is joining the SPJ team as the Web Administrator to solve technical challenges and innovate new and better ways of working with the SPJ websites.

Graphic Designer
Abby Likens

Abby Likens is an award-winning visual journalist with 14 years of experience as a news designer and editor. Abby joined SPJ HQ in July 2022. She has worked for USA Today, newspapers of the USA Today network, Virginia Media and a number of local newspapers. Abby graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a degree in journalism graphics and specializes in page design, typography, illustration and graphics.

Membership Specialist
Chrystal O'Keefe

Chrystal originally started SPJ in 2015 to assist with membership part-time. By 2018, when she parted ways with the organization, she was the Manager of Membership and Chapters. Now back with SPJ, Chrystal is here to improve the experience for members and focus on the soul of SPJ, the vast number of chapters across the country. Read More

Communications Post-Graduate Intern
Kimberly Tsuyuki

Kimberly joined SPJ in January 2023. She graduated in May 2022 from Whittier College with a degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a Film Studies minor. During her time in college, she worked for the school newspaper as Arts & Entertainment Editor, where she combined her passion for journalism and entertainment. She enjoys picking the green sour skittles out of the bag and watching movies in her spare time.

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