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Our Mission
The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.

It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:

— To promote this flow of information.
— To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
— To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
— To foster excellence among journalists.
— To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
— To encourage diversity in journalism.
— To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.
— To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.

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About the Society
Board of Directors

For descriptions of SPJ Board positions, please consult SPJ's bylaws.


President

Rebecca Baker
Deputy Head of News
New York Daily News
Email
@RBakerNY
Facebook
Bio (click to expand) Rebecca Baker is managing editor of the New York Law Journal, the largest-circulation legal daily newspaper in the country. She has been a reporter for The (Bergen) Record in New Jersey, The Journal News in Westchester County, New York, and the New Haven Register in Connecticut.

She is a member of SPJ's national board as Region 1 Director, overseeing all student and professional SPJ chapters in the Northeast. She is on the advisory council of The Deadline Club in New York City, where she also served as president, awards contest chairwoman and events chairwoman.

President's Blog
President-Elect

J. Alex Tarquinio
Freelance Journalist
Email
@alextarquinio
Bio (click to expand) J. Alex Tarquinio currently serves as the secretary-treasurer of the Society of Professional Journalists, as a board member of the SDX Foundation and as a the SPJ representative on the EIJ 2017 Programming Committee. She is also a member of SPJ’s Legal Defense Fund committee and SDX’s Publications committee. In New York, she serves on the Advisory Council of The Deadline Club and as the chairwoman of the New York Journalism Hall of Fame.

Tarquinio has two decades of experience as a writer and editor. Most recently, she was an editor at Time Inc. and The Real Deal magazine. She previously worked at Dow Jones, where she was a staff writer at Smart Money Magazine and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Earlier in her career, she was the first Investing Editor of Forbes.com. Her byline has appeared in The New York Times (which has published nearly 200 of her articles), The International Herald Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Barron’s and Reader’s Digest.

Tarquinio received a German Marshall Fund fellowship for a reporting residency in Cyprus. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Secretary-Treasurer

Patricia Gallagher Newberry
Area Director
Journalism Program
Miami University
513-529-5893
Email
Immediate Past President

Lynn Walsh
Investigative Executive Producer
KNSD
E-mail
@LWalsh
Bio (click to expand) Lynn Walsh is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been working in investigative journalism at the national level as well as locally in California, Ohio, Texas and Florida. Currently she leads the KNSD investigative team at the NBC TV station in San Diego, California, where she is the Investigative Executive Producer.

Most recently, she was working as data producer and investigative reporter for the E.W. Scripps National Desk producing stories for the 30+ Scripps news organizations across the country. Before moving to the national desk, she worked as the Investigative Producer at WPTV, NewsChannel 5, the Scripps owned TV station in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has won state and local awards as well as multiple Emmy’s for her stories. She loves holding the powerful accountable and spends more time than she would like fighting for access to public information.

Her passion lies in telling multimedia stories that deliver hard hitting facts across multiple platforms. She describes herself as a "data-viz nerd" who is obsessed with new online tools to share information on the web and mobile applications.

She is a contributor to the Radio Television Digital News Association blog and serves as Secretary-Treasurer for SPJ and is a member of SPJ’s FOI, Generation J and Ethics committees.

Lynn is always interested in new projects surrounding FOI, public information access, mobile reporting tools, social media and interactive journalism. She is a proud Bobcat Alumna and graduated from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Vice President, Campus Chapter Affairs

Sue Kopen Katcef
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
University of Maryland
301-405-7526
@umnewsie
Email

Bio (click to expand) Sue Kopen Katcef is an award winning reporter who's currently the Broadcast Bureau Director for the Capital News Service operated by the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Sue has been a member of SPJ since 1974 (when it was still Sigma Delta Chi) while a student at the University of Maryland. She is a past president of the Maryland Pro Chapter and a former long-time board member of the Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter. She has previously served on the SPJ national board as a campus adviser at-large and is currently SPJ's National Vice President of Campus Chapter Affairs. Sue has served on SPJ's Awards & Honors Committee for a number of years. As chair of the committee, Sue led the panel in what is now an on-going review of both the MOE and SDX awards to try and contemporize both contests. Sue has submitted MOE entries (on behalf of her students) as well as judged and coordinated (regionally) the Mark of Excellence contest and served as a judge for many years of the Sigma Delta Chi contest.
Directors At-Large

Lauren Bartlett
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Blue Shield of California
Email
@LBartlettLA


Rachel Wedding McClelland
Director of Student Media
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Email
@rwmcclelland

Campus
Representatives


Rahim Chagani
Columbia Journalism School
Email
@chaganirahim


Hayley Harding
Ohio University
Email
@Hayley__Harding
Campus Advisers
At-Large


Leticia Lee Steffen
Department chairwoman/professor
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Email
@letstef

Jeff South
Virginia Commonwealth University
Email
@jcsouth

Region 1 Director

Jane Primerano
Freelance writer and editor
Email
@ReporterJane2
@SPJREGION1
Region 2 Director

Andy Schotz
@spjregion2
Email
Region 2 Blog
Region 2 Facebook page
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.

Region 3 Director

Michael Koretzky
@koretzky
Region 3 Blog
Interim Region 4 Director

Patricia Gallagher Newberry
Area Director
Journalism Program
Miami University
513-529-5893
Email
Region 4 Blog

Bio (click to expand) Jeremy Steele is director of media relations at The John Truscott Group, a public relations, public affairs, government affairs and business development firm with offices in Lansing and Grand Rapids, Mich. He’s also an adjunct faculty member at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.

Previously, Steele was a reporter at the Lansing State Journal, where he covered the economy, development and technology in Michigan’s capital city. Steele also has worked for the Michigan Business Review, Port Huron Times Herald, Flint Journal, Jackson Citizen Patriot and Cincinnati Enquirer. His work has been honored by the Michigan Associated Press Editorial Association, Michigan Press Association and the Associated Collegiate Press.

Steele has a bachelor's in journalism from Michigan State University, where he was editor of The State News, one of the largest student-run daily newspapers in the country. He serves as president of the State News Alumni Association.

He is a board member of SPJ's Mid-Michigan Pro Chapter and a 2006 graduate of the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute.

Region 5 Director

Michele Day
Student Media Adviser/Lecturer
Northern Kentucky University
Email
Region 5 Blog
Region 6 Director

Joseph Radske
News Director
KVRR, Fargo
@JRadske
Email

Region 6 Blog

Region 7 Director

Kari Williams
Email
@Kari_Williams
Region 7 Blog
Region 7 Facebook group
Region 8 Director

Eddye Gallagher
Director Student Publications
Assistant Professor
Tarrant County College
828 Harwood Road
Hurst, Texas 76054
817-515-6307
Email

Bio (click to expand) Eddye is a member of the Fort Worth Pro Chapter, where she has served in various offices including two terms as president. She co-chaired the 2012 Region 8 conference and does everything from planning programs and arranging speakers to putting up directional signs and cleaning tables. She is also a member of the national programming committee.

Her full-time job is director of student publications, assistant professor of journalism and adviser of The Collegian, a weekly newspaper serving the five campuses of Tarrant County College. She serves as a contributing editor for Teaching English in the Two-Year College as well as doing occasional freelance editing for other publications and writers. She worked in public relations at Texas Christian University before attending graduate school. Never intending to teach, she fell into the job as a one-year temporary position and discovered she loved helping students develop into better writers and has been doing so for more than 40 years. (She claims she was 5 when she started.) She has received several teaching awards, such as being named one of JournalismDegree.org’s 2012 Top 50 Journalism Professors in the nation, but considers her students’ achievements, including several Mark of Excellence awards, her greatest honors. Her former students are in various fields using their journalistic skills.

She holds a bachelor of arts in English from Texas Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of North Texas.

Region 9 Director

Ed Otte
Email
Region 9 Blog
Region 10 Director

Ethan Chung
Associate Editor for Custom Media
SagaCity Media
@ethandchung
Email
Region 10 Blog

Bio (click to expand) Ethan Chung is the associate editor for custom media at SagaCity Media. He has been a writer and editor in the Pacific Northwest for more than 10 years and has won multiple awards for his work in magazine writing.

Ethan has been a member of SPJ since 2007, a chapter leader since 2010 (including president in 2013-2014), and a Ted Scripps Leadership Institute Graduate.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Ethan spends a good chunk of his time daydreaming about white sandy beaches and delicious Hawaiian food. He enjoys games of all kinds, playing tennis, watching basketball, writing, cooking, and eating (yes, that’s a hobby.) Ethan lives in Seattle with his lovely wife Lily and their fat cat, Momma.

Region 11 Director

Matthew T. Hall
Editorial and Opinion Director
The San Diego Union-Tribune
619-293-1335
Email

@sduncovered
Facebook
Region 11 Blog
Bio (click to expand) Matthew T. Hall has worked at The San Diego Union-Tribune since 2001. He manages the Ideas and Opinion section, writing and editing editorials, and overseeing op-ed commentary, letters to the editor and a blog called “The Conversation,” which uses social media and the internet to report the news of the day in immersive, dynamic and often funny ways. He previously managed the newsroom’s social media, compiled its Essential California newsletter and created and wrote “The Conversation.” Before that, he was a metro columnist who wrote four columns a week and a reporter who covered San Diego neighborhoods, city politics, the Chargers’ stadium search, the Padres’ TV fiasco and east and north San Diego County. He has been named blogger, feature writer and critic of the year by the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and blogger and columnist of the year by the San Diego Press Club. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire and has worked at other newspapers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and California. He is a Red Sox fan, past president of the San Diego chapter of SPJ, a proud winner of its Herbert Lockwood “Woody” Award for humor writing and western region director for the national board of SPJ. He is married to a fellow journalist, and they have two daughters. He’s probably on Twitter right now at @SDuncovered, where he’ll gladly answer your tweet.
Region 12 Director

Kelly Kissel
News editor
The Associated Press
Email
@kisselAP
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About SPJ
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General Info
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Board of Directors
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Bylaws | PDF version
Documentation
History
Chester C. Wells: His Story
Merchandise


Our Mission
The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.

It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:

— To promote this flow of information.
— To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
— To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
— To foster excellence among journalists.
— To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
— To encourage diversity in journalism.
— To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.
— To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.
 

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