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The SPJ San Diego Pro Chapter Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at The San Diego Union-Tribune, 600 B St, San Diego, CA 92101. SPJ members and guests are welcome to attend.
The 2017-18 SPJ San Diego Pro Chapter Board of Directors:
Reporter, Voice of San Diego
Lisa Halverstadt is a reporter for Voice of San Diego. She covers city and county government and has written extensively about the region’s homelessness crisis. She previously headed up VOSD’s Fact Check efforts and embarked on weeks-long explanatory projects about topics as diverse as SeaWorld’s San Diego footprint and the region’s drone industry. Lisa joined VOSD in 2012 after four years at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. She first joined SPJ as a college student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She’s been hooked ever since.
Executive Investigative Producer, NBC San Diego
Tom Jones is an award-winning investigative journalist working with NBC News in San Diego. He produces weekly consumer content for the station’s consumer investigative unit, NBC 7 Responds and also assists with the station’s investigative team, NBC 7 Investigates. Growing up on California’s Central Coast, Tom has been working in a broadcast newsroom for over 10 years. He loves digging into a good story lead and a fresh dataset to analyze.
Outreach Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Andrew Kleske works for The San Diego Union-Tribune as reader outreach editor. He graduated from San Diego State University and has taught journalism courses at University of California San Diego since 1998, where he developed the university’s first online journalism curriculum. Andrew has been on the SPJ board so long he can’t remember when he joined, but he served as president at some point along the way. Andrew also is a former board member and past president of the San Diego Press Club. Prior to joining the Union-Tribune, Andrew was online editor for the North County Times and The Californian newspapers and was the editor of The San Diego Daily Transcript, the first comprehensive online daily newspaper in Southern California.
Professor and Director, School of Journalism & Media Studies at SDSU
Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR, is director of the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University, which has nearly 700 undergraduate students in journalism, advertising, public relations, and media studies, as well as graduate programs in mass communication and in learning design and technology. Dr. Sha has presented or published nearly 100 research manuscripts on public relations theory and practice. She is the 2016-2018 Editor in Chief of Journal of Public Relations Research, the world’s premier academic publication in public relations. Locally, Dr. Sha was the 2010-2011 People’s Post blogger on education issues for the Voice of San Diego, and she chaired the board of directors of the Union of Pan Asian Communities in 2013 and 2014.
Managing Editor, Snopes.com
Brooke Binkowski is a veteran local, national, and international journalist who was born and mostly raised in San Diego. Before returning to her hometown, she worked as a reporter for KNX and KPCC in Los Angeles; as an anchor and reporter for CNN in Atlanta; as an anchor and reporter for KFQD in Anchorage, Alaska; and as a far-ranging independent journalist all over the world. After working as a beat reporter in Los Angeles, she spent years traveling and reporting on humanitarian and post-conflict situations in every medium. She is widely recognized as an expert in disinformation and propaganda and how to effectively combat it with responsible and transparent enterprise journalism. Binkowski is managing editor of fact-checking website Snopes.com, overseeing a small yet mighty crew of world-class researchers and reporters.
Andrew Bowen is the metro reporter for KPBS, where he covers local government, housing, transportation and cannabis policy on the radio, TV and web. Andrew serves on the KPBS Diversity Council and advocates for his colleagues in the newsroom as a member of the SAG-AFTRA steering committee. He has also moderated community events and discussions on housing and homelessness. Prior to moving to San Diego, Andrew worked for six years as a reporter, producer and translator in Germany. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism degree with a minor in Spanish from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He wants to serve on the San Diego SPJ board to build on our chapter’s successful member engagement and event planning, and to promote the visibility and representation of LGBTQ journalists in San Diego.
Kelly Davis has been a journalist in San Diego for 14 years, first as associate editor at San Diego CityBeat, which she helped start in 2002, and now as an independent investigative reporter with a focus on criminal justice and vulnerable populations. Her work has included investigations into the high rate of deaths in San Diego County jails and conditions at county juvenile detention facilities. She’s written extensively about California’s sex offender laws and the city of San Diego’s ongoing efforts to address its large homelessness population. She also writes a weekly cocktail blog, SD Sips, for San Diego Magazine. Her reporting has been honored by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.
Associate, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP
Matthew Halgren is an attorney specializing in journalism law and the First Amendment at the law firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, where he advises clients in the news media industry on matters related to the reporting process. He collaborates with journalists to obtain government records and to avoid the legal pitfalls that can accompany the work of a free press. He enjoys working on libel, copyright, reporter’s privilege, invasion of privacy, statutory and constitutional rights of access, and related matters. In law school, he worked as a member of the Yale Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, and, in college, he served on the editorial board of the Daily Princetonian. A fifth-generation San Diegan, Matthew is pleased to have the opportunity to work with the rest of the SD-SPJ board to promote journalism in the place that deservedly calls itself America’s Finest City.
Editorial and Opinion Director, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Matthew T. Hall is the editorial and opinion director at The San Diego Union-Tribune, where he’s worked since 2001. He manages the Ideas and Opinion section, writing and editing editorials, and overseeing op-ed commentary, letters to the editor and a broader exchange of ideas around San Diego. He previously managed the newsroom’s social media, compiled its “Essential California” daily newsletter and edited a daily blog called “The Conversation” that curated the best of social media and the Internet with help from readers. Previously, he was a metro columnist who reported and wrote four columns a week. He has also covered San Diego neighborhoods and politics, the Chargers’ stadium search and the Padres’ TV fiasco, 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 married to a fellow journalist, and they have two young daughters. He is a runner, a Red Sox fan, a proud winner of SPJ’s Herbert Lockwood “Woody” Award for humor writing and western region director for the national board of SPJ. He’s looking out for you.
Erin Siegal McIntyre
For over a decade, Erin Siegal McIntyre has worked as a cross-platform investigative journalist and author. Her book “Finding Fernanda” (Beacon Press 2012) was the basis for an hour-long CBS special investigation that won a 2015 Emmy and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and various other media outlets. Erin is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a graduate of Columbia University. She lives and works in Tijuana.
Reporter, Associated Press
Elliot Spagat is a San Diego correspondent for the Associated Press. His reporting focuses on the U.S.-Mexico border and general news on San Diego and the Imperial Valley. Before joining the AP’s San Diego bureau in 2003, he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Dallas, Dow Jones Newswires in New York and Mexico City and the Antelope Valley Press in Palmdale, Calif. He’s a graduate of Grinnell College and began his journalism career in Mexico and Central America.
Staff Writer, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Lori Weisberg is a staff writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune, specializing in coverage of the tourism and hospitality industry. She has won several national and local awards for her reporting during her time at the newspaper and has been the recipient of several reporting and multimedia fellowships. Lori joined the SPJ board in 2003 and served as president from 2005-06. As a board member, she has helped organize several SPJ programs, including panels on using the Internet for reporting and integrating multimedia into daily journalism, and a hands-on training session on how to produce an audio slideshow. During her tenure as president, the chapter was named best large SPJ chapter in the country. Before coming to The Union-Tribune, Lori worked for the Orange County Register and The Vista Press.
Megan Wood is a videographer, photographer and reporter for inewsource. She started at inewsource as a photo and video intern while a journalism student at San Diego State University. Wood focuses on accountability journalism, particularly in schools, and provides photography and videos for stories by her inewsource colleagues.