SPJ/LA announces 2012 officers and newly elected board members

Newly elected officers for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists have begun their year-long terms.

The officers are leading a 15-member board, five of whom were elected in December, to serve the chapter, which spans from Ventura through Orange counties.

Alice Walton, publisher and editor of TheCityMaven.com, who was the chapter’s vice president in 2011, began her presidential term on Jan. 1. Freelance journalist and contributing writer to Tehran magazine, Navid Nonahal, will serve as vice president. City News Service reporter Richie Duchon, who is a new associate board member, will be secretary, while Sarah Baisley, the chapter treasurer for more than 20 years who freelances in the wine industry as a journalist and marketing specialist, continues to serve in that role. Frank Mottek, business news anchor for KNX 1070 Newsradio, is immediate past president.

SPJ/LA also elected five members to three-year terms. They are Mottek, Jeff Wald, partner at RealNews Collective LLC, and freelance writer Roberta Wax, who were incumbents. The two new board members are former FOX 11 reporter John Schwada and Wall Street Journal reporter Tammy Audi.

In addition to Duchon, Zach Behrens who is editor-in-chief of blogs at KCET joins the board as an associate board member. Full-time board members Lauren Bartlett and Dan Evans will remain with SPJ/LA as associate board members.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter was chartered 25 years later in 1934. For more information about this chapter, visit http://spjla.org.

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