Congrats to Amy Cherry, our March Volunteer of the Month!

Amy CherryCongratulations to Amy Cherry of the SPJ Delaware chapter! Amy is the March SPJ Volunteer of the Month.

As chapter president and co-founder, Amy was nominated for helping start the Delaware chapter and for being the point person for chapter events, including a town hall-style meeting on Delaware FOI issues with Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden.

According to Chris Carl who nominated Amy, she has also been the driving force in the chapter’s efforts to develop a mentoring program matching local professionals with college journalists.

When not volunteering for SPJ, Amy is the assistant news director and a general assignment reporter and anchor for WDEL-AM in Wilmington, Delaware. She joined the award-winning news team in 2010 from WBZ Newsradio 1030 in Boston.

Amy has earned the esteemed honor of “Best of Show” in 2013 from the Associated Press beating reporters in major markets in the Mid-Atlantic for the title. She’s also been named “Best Reporter” by the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association three years in a row. Amy is a four-time regional Edward R. Murrow award winner for her investigative and feature reporting.

In addition, Amy received a Terry Harper scholarship last year and attended the Scripps Leadership Institute in Richmond in November.

Congratulations to Amy and a big “thank you” for her commitment to quality journalism and SPJ! #spjlove





Congrats to Chris R. Vaccaro, our December Volunteer of the Month!

Congratulations to Chris R. Vaccaro of the Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) for being named our December SPJ Volunteer of the month! Chris was nominated by Bill Bleyer for his outstanding service to the PCLI pro chapter. Chris has been serving the chapter doing everything from web redesign and chapter promotion to volunteer recruitment and recognition. Among Chris’s accomplishments:

  • Overseeing the redesign of
  • Taking charge of editing the annual PCLI media guide
  • Proposing the creation of Long Island Journalists’ Hall of Fame
  • Co-chairing the annual PCLI awards content
  • Running the membership committee, managing board members making calls and emailing members whose memberships have lapsed

Chris R Vaccaro, PCLIChris R. Vaccaro is a board member and officer for the Press Club of Long Island. He serves as Senior Sports Editor for The Topps Company’s digital division, an adjunct journalism professor at Hofstra University and as Publisher of, a local news website in his community on Long Island. Vaccaro was the winner of the 2013 Phil Spahn Memorial Award presented by PCLI to a member for their dedication to the club and journalism. He is also the author of five books about Long Island sports history and writes for newspapers and websites around the world regularly.

Congratulations, Chris, and thanks for all you do for SPJ!




Meet Eva Ruth Moravec, SPJ’s November Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Eva Ruth Moravec, SPJ’s November Volunteer of the Month!

Eva Ruth Moravec, San Antoio Pro SPJEva Ruth helped revive the San Antonio Pro chapter several years ago, along with the help of a great team of officers and new members. Serving as chapter president, Eva Ruth has kept the chapter together and moving forward. In just two short years, the chapter has revived its Gridiron show, raising thousands of dollars for scholarships, and it hosted the Region 8 conference in 2013. In addition, Eva Ruth has been successful recruiting broadcast members and freelancers to the local board, all while working full time as a county government reporter for the San Antonio Express-News.

“Eva Ruth brought the San Antonio chapter back from the brink,” said national SPJ board member Kym Fox. “Eva Ruth is tireless in her efforts to keep the San Antonio chapter vital!”

Please join us in congratulating Eva Ruth for her hard work and commitment to SPJ!

Eva Ruth Moravec

Eva Ruth Moravec is a county government reporter for the daily San Antonio Express-News, covering Bexar County government and other local and regional political news. She spent time during the last legislative session working for Hearst’s Austin bureau, and prior to joining the politics team, spent five years on the crime beat, covering breaking, investigative and enterprise news. She’s a regular contributor to several San Antonio Express-News blogs and is a prolific Twitter user with more than 4,000 followers. After her first year at the Express-News, Moravec’s peers selected her to win the annual Phillip True Award for online journalism.

Moravec received a bachelor’s of science in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the person to blame for resurrecting San Antonio’s SPJ chapter after several dormant years, and serves as the chapter president and one of three co-producers for the annual Gridiron show, which raises money for SPJ scholarships. View her portfolio on

Do you know an outstanding SPJ volunteer who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty? Nominate him or her for our December Volunteer of the Month by emailing your nomination to president-elect Dana Neuts at by Dec. 10.


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