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.


Stephanie Bluestein, President: Associate Professor at California State University, Northridge

Sarah Favot, Vice President: Freelance Journalist and Adjunct Professor University of Southern California

Elizabeth Marcellino, Treasurer: Reporter, City News Service

Jason Lewis, Secretary: Publisher, Los Angeles Standard

Navid Nonahal: Immediate Past President, Freelance Journalist


Joel Bellman: Columnist and Former Political Aide

Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins: Journalism Professor, Santa Monica College

Tom Bray: Senior Editor, Southern California News Group

Carolina Garcia: Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California and Editor, The Fourth Revolution

Frank Mottek: Business News Anchor, CBS KNX 1070 Newsradio

Richard Saxton: Multimedia Journalist, Saxtononcars.com

Alice Walton: Strategic Communications Specialist

Roberta Wax: Freelance Writer

Julia Wick: Reporter, Los Angeles Times

David Zahniser: Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times


Penny Arévalo: City Editor, Pasadena Star-News, Whittier Daily News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Linda Bowen: Chair, Department of Journalism, California State University, Northridge

Kathryn Mora: Freelance Journalist

Nathan Solis: Reporter, Courthouse News Service

Lori Streifler: Editor, City News Service

Natalie Windsor: Freelance Journalist

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