Congratulations to Monica Guzman, SPJ’s Volunteer of the Month

Monica Guzman

Monica Guzman

Monica Guzman, president of the Western Washington Pro Chapter, is SPJ’s Member of the Month for February. Congratulations, Monica, and thanks for all of your hard work!

Monica is a technology columnist for The Seattle Times and GeekWire and an ethics columnist for the Columbia Journalism Review. In addition to being board president of the Western Washington chapter, she is vice-chair of the SPJ Ethics Committee and a contributor to the 2013 Poynter book “The New Ethics of Journalism.”

Monica was the online reporter for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer when the paper closed in 2009, and continued with the all-digital before working two years with tech startups. She has won regional SPJ awards for her Times and GeekWire columns and was a Commentary juror for the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes.

Athima Chansanchai, vice president and treasurer of the Western WA Pro Chapter, nominated Monica. They met several years ago when they both worked at The Seattle Post-Intelligencer as reporters.

Quoting Athima now: “She helped recruit me to serve on the local SPJ board a few years ago, after we’d both left the P-I (or, it left us) and after I’d served on various local and national AAJA boards for more than a decade. But rather than getting burned out, working with her on the SPJ board has been invigorating. She is a bottomless source of encouragement, energy and empathy. She is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever known and won’t hesitate to take on the tough tasks. I’ve seen her organize events and social campaigns, outline long-term strategy and corral a very challenging regional contest.

“She does all this and more consistently while also being a mom to two young children and balancing a packed professional schedule. Monica is thoughtful, enthusiastic and a good leader who has really motivated us to work together as a board that’s come up with innovative, fresh programming and helped introduce SPJ to more people. I’m proud to work with her and can’t be happier with her leadership by example.”

Athima is a news reporter writing for the Microsoft News Center. Her first book just came out: “100 Things to do in Seattle Before You Die.”

Do you know of an outstanding SPJ volunteer? Nominate that person for Volunteer of the Month by contacting Susan Stevens, Membership Committee member, at Please tell us briefly why you are nominating the person and why your nominee is worthy of recognition. Nominations are due the 5th of each month and announced by the 15th.

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