SPJVa officers, 2022-2023
Weinstein is an independent journalist who writes for Virginia Commonwealth University, the Chesterfield Observer and Richmond Magazine, and also teaches journalism.
Robinson is news director for VPM, Virginia’s home for public media. He previously was news editor of Charlottesville Tomorrow.
Hankerson is the news director at WHRO Public Media in Norfolk. She previously was a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot and The Virginia Mercury.
Eckert is an independent media consultant and freelance writer with decades of experience in news and public relations.
Board of Directors, 2022-2023
Broaddus-Crutchfield is an award-winning journalist and has been a copy editor for the Virginia Press Association and the Richmond Free Press.
Carlton is an independent media consultant and freelancer who works for “100 Days in Appalachia,” the BBC, the AP and other outlets.
Hall is a municipal government reporter for WAVY-TV in Hampton Roads. He previously was a multimedia journalist in New York and a reporter for CBS Radio.
Jackson is editor of The MadRapp Recorder. He has worked for the Blue Ridge Independent, the Culpeper Star-Exponent and other publications.
Livas is an anchor and reporter for WVEC-13NewsNow (ABC) in Hampton Roads. She also has worked for Voice of America.
Meredith is communications manager for the Virginia Press Association. She is an award-winning writer and photographer
Montilla is a reporter for NBC12 in Richmond. Earlier, she was a weekend anchor and reporter at CBS19 in Charlottesville.
Spencer is a Charlottesville-based journalist for numerous news outlets. He wrote “Summer of Hate,” about the 2017 violence in Charlottesville.
Tyree is the senior director and co-founder of the Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism, an independent, nonprofit news organization.
Ex-Officio Members, 2022-2023
Reed is an anchor at WDBJ and a professor of professional practice at Virginia Tech. He is the student-chapter representative on the SPJVA board.
South, a former newspaper editor and reporter who taught journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University, was president of SPJVA from 2019 to 2021.
The officers and board members in 2021-22 are listed here.
Here is how the lineup of board members has changed:
|Position||2021-22 officeholder||2022-23 officeholder|
|President||Dina Weinstein||Dina Weinstein|
|Vice president||Bonnie Newman Davis||Elliott Robinson|
|Secretary||Brett Hall||Mechelle Hankerson|
|Treasurer||Brian Eckert||Fadel Allassan|
|Director 1 (expiring 2023)||Elliott Robinson||Frances Broaddus-Crutchfield|
|Director 2 (expiring 2023)||Nicole Livas||Nicole Livas|
|Director 3 (expiring 2024)||Chuck Jackson||Chuck Jackson|
|Director 4 (expiring 2024)||Desiree Montilla||Desiree Montilla|
|Director 5 (expiring 2023)||Frank Klimko||Brian Carlton|
|Director 6 (expiring 2024)||Fadel Allassan||Hawes Spencer|
|Director 7 (expiring 2022/2025)||Caroline Cardwell||Deana Meredith|
|Director 8 (expiring 2022/2025)||Logan Bogert||Chris Tyree|
|Director 9 (expiring 2022/2025)||John Hopkins||Brett Hall|
|Immediate past president||Jeff South||Jeff South|
|Student chapter representative||Robin Reed||Robin Reed|
Thank you, departing board members
The SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter thanks the outgoing SPJVA leaders for their years of service:
- Bonnie Newman Davis, who had been serving as vice president
- Brian Eckert, who had been serving as treasurer
- And departing directors Logan Bogert, Caroline Cardwell, John Hopkins and Frank Klimko
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