Congratulations to Steve York of the Louisville Pro Chapter of SPJ who has been named our April SPJ Volunteer of the Month! York was nominated by chapter president Robyn Sekula for being the backbone of the board. In addition to operating the chapter’s annual contest, he moved the contest from paper to online last year. York also helps organize the chapter’s annual trivia night, shoots photos to promote the chapter’s events, and is always willing to lend a hand whenever needed.
“Our chapter would not be what it is without Steve,” Sekula said.
Now retired, York spent 33 years at WAVE TV (NBC) in Louisville, Kentucky. He started at WAVE in 1978 as a “one man band,” serving as both a reporter and a photographer, shooting, writing and editing his own stories. He covered everything from tobacco farming and coal mining to train derailments and marijuana busts. In 1975, he was named assignment editor, a job he calls the toughest in the newsroom. After 12 years on the desk, York was promoted to assistant news director until he retired in July 2011.
“It was an exciting and rewarding career, and I feel like I worked with the best people in the news industry,” he said.
York has served on the Louisville Pro chapter board for seven years, including a year as president. For the last five years, he has coordinated the annual Metro Louisville Journalism Awards contest.Congratulations to Steve York for his dedication to quality journalism and for supporting the Louisville Pro chapter! He’s a great role model for other SPJ leaders and volunteers.
Do you know an outstanding SPJ volunteer who deserves recognition? Email membership chair Dana Neuts with your nomination.