Welcome to our new board members!

San Diego SPJ is excited to welcome five new members to our board and wish a fond farewell and a big thanks to departing board members Matthew Halgren, Kendra Sitton, Jared Whitlock and Lynn Walsh.

Click here to see a list of current board members, including our executive board, and their contact information.

Cody Dulaney

Cody Dulaney is an investigative reporter with inewsource. His focus is on social impact and government accountability, with an emphasis on housing, homelessness and law enforcement. Cody’s work revealed mismanagement and neglect in COVID-19 hotel shelters run by San Diego County, and exposed half of the county’s local police agencies for breaking state law by sharing drivers’ location data across the nation. Prior to moving to San Diego, he worked on investigative teams with newspapers in Florida and South Carolina.

Jakob McWhinney

Jakob McWhinney is a multimedia journalist born and raised in San Diego. He returned to community college during the COVID-19 pandemic and discovered a passion for journalism. By his second semester with City College’s City Times Media, he was appointed operations manager of the entire student news organization, which includes a digital news site, a radio station and a weekly TV news show. During that semester he was also hired as an intern at Voice of San Diego, where he wrote stories about homelessness, COVID-19 testing operations and COVID-era right-wing organizing. He was subsequently hired as Voice’s Education Reporter.

He strives to communicate to audiences why — in this most convoluted and apathetic of times — they should care about the world around them and the people who inhabit it. He hopes to use journalism to uplift and empower his hometown by communicating complex issues in digestible ways.

Adam Racusin

Adam Racusin is part of the investigative team at ABC 10News in San Diego. He covers everything from the courts and politics to consumer issues across San Diego County. His reporting has led to getting people their money back, sending bad actors behind bars, new policies at government agencies, and encouraging lawmakers to promise new legislation. Adam is also a watchdog over the child welfare system in San Diego County. Since joining 10News, Adam’s work has been honored by the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the San Diego Press Club, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and the National Headliner Awards. He has reported in television markets from Montana to Texas and several spots in between.

Bella Ross

Bella Ross is a community engagement specialist for The San Diego Union-Tribune’s opinion section and member of the Editorial Board, a role she started in November 2021. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona and also lived in North Carolina before moving to north San Diego County in 2015. She previously worked as a web producer for inewsource, managing social media content and newsletters, and also freelanced covering local government, schools and equity issues for publications such as Voice of San Diego, CalMatters, North Coast Current and Scripps Ranch News. She graduated from San Diego State University with degrees in journalism and political science in May 2020. She also served as the editor in chief of the campus newspaper, The Daily Aztec.

Steve Walsh

Steve Walsh is the military and veterans reporter at KPBS. He works with American Homefront, a national collaboration between public media stations and NPR, which looks at military and vet issues. Before KPBS, Walsh worked for Lakeshore Public Radio in Gary, Ind., and Chicago Public Radio, where he was a host producer with Vocalo, a project to open public media to diverse audiences. As a print reporter for the Post-Tribune, Walsh covered the Indiana statehouse and was embedded twice with U.S. troops during the Iraq War.

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Watch the video from the annual Bench/Bar/Media event

SD-SPJ was honored to be a co-sponsor (along with the San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego County Superior Court) of this year’s annual Bench/Bar/Media panel discussion. The topic was timely and the panelists provided important insight into the past, present and future of the Supreme Court. If you weren’t able to join us, read a summary of the topic and short bios of the panelists and watch the video from the event.

Thanks for a great night! And check out our full list of winners!

Thanks to everyone who attended our 2022 awards reception last night. It was another great opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues, congratulate the winners of our journalism contest and listen to an amazing speech by our Journalist of the Year, Vicente Calderon. Thanks to Stone Brewing – Liberty Station for providing great service and a beautiful venue!

Click here for a full list of winners, and read comments from judges on the first-place awardees. If you were unable to attend and would like to grab your 1st place plaque or 2nd or 3rd place certificates, please email us at spjsandiego@gmail.com. Congratulations to all the winners and we’ll see you next year!

Congrats to our winners! Join us to celebrate!

Another year, another chance to hang out with your favorite reporters and celebrate your hard work over the last year. Due to popular demand, we’re heading back to Stone Brewing in Liberty Station for a fun, relaxed outdoor gathering, full of good food and drink, twinkly lights and the occasional overheard plane (“the Point Loma pause,” they call it). Pre-sale tickets are $25 for SPJ members and $30 for nonmembers and include a tasty food spread and dessert. Drink tokens, available on our ticket website, are $6 for craft sodas and $11 for a beer or wine (lemonade, iced tea and water are complimentary).

The evening will include a short program when we’ll announce the winners of our special awards and honor our Journalist of the Year, Vicente Calderón. And the silent auction is back, so get your lucky bidding pen ready.

Congratulations to all our winners! (See below for a full list.) It’s been another difficult year and you deserve to celebrate!

As in past years, first-place winners will receive a plaque and second and third place winners will receive a certificate. You can pick up your awards at the event.

When: Thursday, July 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens @ Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Road, Unit 116, Building 12

Cost: Presale tickets are $25 per person for SPJ members (join or renew your membership), $30 per person for nonmembers. After July 15 at 12 p.m., prices go up to $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. You can also purchase tickets at the event ($30 members; $35 nonmembers). Drink tokens ($6 or $11) are available on the ticket website and at the event.

Email us with any questions and we look forward to seeing you!