September 17, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro, firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia Society of Professional Journalists name news board member
RICHMOND – The Virginia Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists board of directors unanimously selected Elliott Robinson to serve on the board.
Robinson is the news editor of Charlottesville Tomorrow, a hyperlocal journalism nonprofit with a mission to expand civic engagement and foster a vibrant, inclusive and interdependent community.
Robinson is a Hampton native who began his journalism career in 2006 at The Progress-Index in Petersburg where he was a staff writer and columnist. He then was the editor of The Hopewell News, where he also served as the primary Hopewell reporter, photographer, website and social media coordinator, and page designer. Robinson also was a copy editor at The Daily News in Jacksonville, N.C., before arriving in Charlottesville in 2012.
From 2012 to 2018, Robinson worked as the associate city editor of The Daily Progress before a brief stint as a traffic columnist and reporter for Henrico County and copy editor at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Robinson replaces a vacancy created by the expiring board term of Wilford Kale. Kale will continue to serve as chair of the George Mason Award committee, as well as on the board of Virginia SPJ, SDX Educational Foundation, the chapter’s non-profit arm.
In addition to Robinson’s board appointment, the board renewed board terms for Nicole Livas of ABC 13 News and Frank Klinko of Best Week Insurance. Robinson, Livas and Klimko will serve 3-year board terms expiring June 2023.
All four SPJVa officers were appointed to serve another 1-year term. Officers include President Jeff South, retired journalism professor at Virginia Commonwealth University; Vice President Caroline Cardwell, public relations and communications strategist with the Virginia Retirement System; Treasurer Brian Eckert, freelance writer and editor; and Secretary Logan Bogert, reporter at The News Virginian.
The addition of Robinson to the board and renewal of officers completes the 13-person board comprised of editors, communications experts and educators across the Commonwealth. The current SPJ Va chapter officer and board of directors are:
President – Jeff South; retired journalism professor, Virginia Commonwealth University *term ending June 2021
Vice President –Caroline Cardwell; public relations and communications strategist, Virginia Retirement System
Treasurer – Brian Eckert; freelance writer and editor
Secretary – Logan Bogert; reporter, The News Virginian
Gregory Gilligan; business editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch *term ending June 2021
Bonnie Newman Davis; journalist and journalism educator *term ending June 2021
Mike Szvetitz; managing editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch *term ending June 2021
Clissa England; retired, Richmond Times-Dispatch *term ending June 2022
John Hopkins; retired, Miami Herald *term ending June 2022
Brett Hall; WAVY-TV *term ending June 2022
Nicole Livas; anchor/reporter, ABC 13 News *term ending June 2023
Frank Klimko; associate editor, Best Week Insurance *term ending June 2023
Elliott Robinson; news editor, Charlottesville Tomorrow *term ending June 2023
SPJ is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.
SPJ Va Pro falls into SPJ’s Region 2, which spans Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and North Carolina.