2008-2009 Board Officers
Western Washington Professional Chapter
Society of Professional Journalists
Dana Blozis - President
Dana Blozis is a full-time freelance writer specializing in writing, editing and marketing for small businesses and nonprofits. Her business is titled Virtually Yourz. Dana's work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Northwest Business Monthly, Neighbors, HS Today and GSN: Government Security News. Dana graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a BA in Business Administration. She has served on the SPJ board for two years, serving as contest chair for both of those years.
Hilary Reeves - President-elect
Hilary is an associate editor for the Business Examiner in Tacoma. Before joining the Business Examiner staff, she worked for two years covering municipal government and education for The Port Orchard Independent, a division of Sound Publishing. Hilary is a graduate of the University of Washington's Department of Communication, majoring in editorial journalism. She has been an SPJ member since 2001, and was president of the UW Student Chapter for three years before graduating. In addition to previous terms as the program chair, Hilary also coordinates the South Sound press club gatherings and will be chairing the silent auction at the 2008 awards banquet.
Laura Evans - Treasurer
Laura is an evening news producer for KOMO-TV. She has been in the TV news business for 11 years, working her way through the producing ranks in Colorado Springs, Tucson, Albuquerque and now Seattle. She's also completed three internships, including one for CNBC in Germany. Laura's work has been nominated for several Emmys. This would be her second term as treasurer.
Pat Foote - Secretary
Pat has worked at The Seattle Times since 1973. She took three-and-a-half years off during that time to teach journalism at the University of Washington, the school from which she obtained her
communications degree. She also has worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and for several weeklies in South King County. Pat began her career at The Times as a reporter and has held various editor positions. Currently, she serves as the Assistant Managing Editor for Administration. She oversees hiring, staff development, labor relations, personnel and other related issues for the newsroom.
Joe Copeland - Board Member
Joe Copeland is an editorial writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he writes about a wide range of subjects including education, the environment and politics. Before joining the P-I in 2002, he was the editorial page editor for The Herald in Everett for 13 years. After starting his career in daily journalism at the Minot (North Dakota) Daily News, he began work at The Herald in 1977. His journalism fellowships include a year studying East Asia at the University of Hawaii-Manoa on Oahu, where his daughter was born. She has never let her brother, born in North Dakota, forget about that.
Manny Frishberg - Board Member
Manny Frishberg has been working in the Seattle area since 1996, mostly as a freelance writer and editor. For more than 20 years before that he worked in Portland and rural northern California, where he was a general assignments reporter and columnist for the Redwood Record in Garberville. He was editor of the Portland Scribe, Clearing: Environmental Education magazine and the Highline Times. Manny studied journalism and professional writing at Portland State University. He also serves on the board of the Northwest Science Writers Association.
Sandy Frost - Board Member
Sandy Frost is an independent journalist, who has helped pioneer the field of online journalism since September 2001, as millions have read her work on sites such as Rense.com, OpEdNews.com, ForteanTimes.com and CoasttoCoastAM.com. She has published her award-winning investigation into the Shriners on Newsvine.com since June 2006. Her 20 years of experience include working as a newspaper and radio reporter, copyeditor, technical writer, content writer and freelance writer. Sandy is the author of the soon-to-be published book, "The Cassandra Frost Collection: Articles on Intuition, Remote Viewing and Consciousness from a Native American Point of View." She is a U.S. Navy veteran and is an original shareholder of Ahtna, Inc., an Alaska Native corporation. She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, Native American Journalists Association and Mohican Veterans. She has won three SPJ awards; Newsvine.com's top honor, the "Random Act of Vineness" award; and is the sole publisher/editor/reporter of the first exclusively online investigation to be featured in Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. "Extra, Extra" section.
Andrea James - Board Member
Andrea has been reporting on business for the Seattle P-I since September 2006. After brief stints at the Washington Business Journal and Bloomberg News in London, she got her first daily newspaper gig at the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register, where she reported on business and hurricanes for a year and a half. She holds a computer information systems degree from American University and a master of journalism from Northwestern University.
Sharon Salyer - Board Member
Sharon Salyer is the health and social issues reporter for The Herald in Everett. She serves as the chapter's scholarship chair. Her reporting on the national forest issues won the Washington Journalism Center's national award for environmental reporting. Sharon also was selected for a John S. Knight national journalism fellowship at Stanford University, where her studies focused on health and science topics. Her reporting on the lack of health care access for the poor, seniors and the uninsured launched a $1 million drive to open a new nonprofit clinic in Everett to serve these patients. A yearlong series on childhood obesity led to an ongoing countywide effort, Get Movin', that provides incentives for kids to be active during the summer. Before coming to The Herald, Sharon worked for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. She's a graduate of Kent State University.
Non-Voting Chairs/Associate Members:
Oren Campbell - Membership Chair
Oren Campbell retired as publisher/editorial adviser at The Daily of the University of Washington in 2005, after more than a half-century as a journalist. He has advised the UW student SPJ chapter for the past 13 years and is education liaison for SPJ's Region 10. Oren formerly owned a small Oregon weekly and was an editor at the Bremerton Sun, Walla Walla Union Bulletin, Idaho Free Press and the Register-Republic in Rockford, Ill. He was sports editor in Wichita and Rockford and a sports copy editor at the Chicago American.
Marcus Donner - Access Chair
Marcus Donner is a photojournalist and visual storyteller. As director of photography for eight years at a daily newspaper, he coached staff photographers and provided the visual direction of the paper. His other work includes staff photographer, cinematographer on independent films and picture editing for print and multimedia. Marcus has volunteered for the past decade with the Society of Professional Journalists - twice as chapter president. He is the Bench-Bar-Press chair and worked extensively on the improvements to the Cameras in the Courts rule for Washington state. He is currently the editor of the
2007 edition of the chapter's "Access: A Guide to Open Government."
Dale Steinke - Webmaster
Dale Steinke is the Interactive News and Operations Manager at KING5.com and NWCN.com in Seattle. He has a print journalism degree from the other UW, the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where he was the SPJ student chapter president. He started out as a reporter at The Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, before moving to the Seattle area in 1993. Dale has been a beat reporter at the VDN/South County Journal and The Herald in Everett where he later worked on Heraldnet.com before coming to KING. As part of his SPJ board duties, he currently maintains the SPJWash.org website and is co-chair of the chapter's monthly Seattle press club gatherings.
Stacey Walters - Law and Ethics Chair
Stacey is a media attorney with Graham & Dunn PC in Seattle and a former television journalist. She practices in the area of media law emphasizing contracts, defamation, privacy, access, public records, prior restraint, reporters' shield laws and intellectual property (trademark, copyright and rights clearance). She has represented newspapers, publishers, television networks and local stations in both state and federal court. She also represents television production companies. Stacey has nearly 20 years of experience in the television industry. Prior to law school, she worked as a reporter, producer and anchor for television stations in Washington and California. Stacey received her law degree from the University of Washington where she was elected to the Order of Barristers and Moot Court Honor Board.