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Headquarters Staff

Society of Professional Journalists
Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center
3909 N. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46208
317-927-8000 | Fax: 317-920-4789

Executive Director
John Shertzer

John Shertzer is an established thought leader on organizational development and leadership, providing training and education to dozens of nonprofit and collegiate organizations all over the world including charitable organizations, arts organizations, membership chapters and trade associations. Read More

Director of Communications and Marketing
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. Read More

Creative Director
Tony Peterson
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Tony is responsible for the design of Quill magazine, convention collateral, brand identity, marketing material — and pretty much everything in between. Read More

Director of Education
Karyn Nishimura Sneath

Karyn strategizes and manages the educational offerings of SPJ. The primary programs include annual conference content planning, the Student Leadership Institute (sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation) and the Future Leaders Academy (sponsored by the SPJ Foundation). 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

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

Office Manager
Linda Hall

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Linda is in her 14th year at SPJ. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Columbus State Community College. She was hired as the accounting manager and a year later moved over to membership. Read More

Communications Coordinator & 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

Journalism Ethics Assistant
Samuel Robinson


Samuel D. Robinson is a recent graduate of Morgan State University’s Global School of Journalism and Communication in Baltimore, Maryland. He has contributed to Bloomberg News, Voice of America, USA Today, Am New York, and Quoted Magazine.

Staff Accountant
Nathan Rushton

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Making the move from private sector to the nonprofit world in 2020, Nate joins SPJ with 10+ years of accounting expertise. When not working, Nate enjoys playing board and video games, has recently taken up a new baking hobby with his wife, is a novice cyclist, and will always order chicken wings if they're on the menu.

Jake Koenig


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.

Administrative Specialist
Amy R. Monteleone


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