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Under the leadership of its Board of Directors, the chapter membership devotes its efforts to these key areas:

  • Promoting professional development
  • Supporting open government
  • Protecting the First Amendment
  • Advocating for shield laws
  • Understanding and resolving ethical issues
  • Staying informed about relevant issues

SPJ/LA has won many honors, including the national SPJ Circle of Excellence Award in 2009, for its programs aimed at honing professional skills, and keeping abreast of the important issues affecting the practice of journalism.

In addition to programs on topical issues in news and media today, the chapter hosts regular informal “mixers” that provide opportunities for networking with other journalists and news sources.

And, the chapter members remain consistent campaigners for government openness and a better working relationship between law enforcement and the media. SPJ/LA annually provide scholarships that help worthy college students complete their journalism degrees.

OFFICERS

Navid Nonahal, President
Board Member
Freelance Journalist

Stephanie Bluestein, Vice President
Board Member
Assistant Professor, Journalism, California State University, Northridge

David Zahniser, Secretary
Board Member
Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times

Richard Hendrickson, Treasurer
Board Member
Associate professor in the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, John Carroll University, University Heights, OH (Cleveland), teaching online from Los Angeles. Part-time instructor in the classrooms at Cal State Northridge since the fall of 2010. Part-time instructor at UCLA, teaching in the classroom and online.

BOARD MEMBERS

Tami Abdollah
Board Member
Law Enforcement Reporter, Associated Press

Tammy Audi
Board Member
Reporter/Deputy Editor, The Wall Street Journal, West Coast Bureau

Joel Bellman
Board Member
Media Relations Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

Christina Cocca
Board Member
Digital News Producer/Internship Coordinator, NBC4

Elizabeth Marcellino
Board Member
County Beat Reporter, City News Service

Frank Mottek
Board Member
Business News Anchor, CBS KNX 1070 Newsradio

Rina Palta
Board Member
Crime and Safety Reporter, KPCC

Richard Saxton
Board Member
Freelance Journalist, SaxtonCars.com

Jeffrey L. Wald
Board Member
Executive Director, Mobile Generated News

Alice Walton
Board Member
Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Roberta Wax
Board Member
Freelance Writer

ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS

Linda Bowen
Associate Board member
Chair, Department of Journalism, California State University, Northridge

Dan Evans
Associate Board Member
Editor, Times Community News

Michael Fleeman
Associate Board Member
Freelance Writer

Adolfo Flores
Associate Board Member
Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Khalil Garriott
Associate Board Member
Managing Editor, Red Bull Media House

Lauren Gold 
Associate Board Member
Reporter, Pasadena Star-News

Claudia Peschiutta
Associate Board Member
Reporter, KNX-AM

John Schwada
Associate Board Member
Media Consultant

Julia Seifer
Associate Board Member
Senior Manager, Special Projects, ABC7 Eyewitness News

Lori Streifler
Associate Board Member
Editor, City News Service

Natalie Windsor
Associate Board Member
Freelance Journalist

 

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