Board

The Alaska Press Club board is made up of 11 members and one student member*, all appointed in an annual election (as vacancies open) by the general membership. Every full member has a vote. Board members serve two-year terms. Officers are named annually.

The Board has the authority to declare Board seats vacant and to appoint members to serve until the next general election.

* The student seat on the Board was created by a vote of membership at an annual Alaska Press Club meeting, April 17, 2004.

PRESIDENT

Rosey Robards is currently the director of the Alaska Teen Media Institute, where teens produce a monthly, public affairs radio show as well as multimedia content for their website. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in Journalism and Public Communications in 2005. You might recognize her name from publications such as the Anchorage Daily News, AK This Month and The Northern Light. She also worked at the Anchorage Daily News as an Interactive Content Producer.

(907)272-2864 | rosey@alaskateenmedia.org

VICE PRESIDENT (Conference)

Julia O’Malley is a freelance journalist, who was previously a metro columnist at the Anchorage Daily News. Over the past 15 years, she has written for the Fairbanks News-Miner, the Anchorage Press, The Juneau Empire, PBS.org, and the Oregonian. Since coming to the Anchorage Daily News full time in 2005, she covered the court system and wrote extensively about life in Anchorage, including big changes in the city’s ethnic and minority communities.

Find her work at adn.com/jomalley.

VICE PRESIDENT (Contest)

Annie Feidt is a producer, reporter and editor for Alaska News Nightly at the Alaska Public Radio Network. She joined APRN in 2004 after several years at Minnesota Public Radio. Her journalism career began running teleprompter at CNN in Atlanta in 1997. In Alaska, Annie has reported from an icebreaker in the Bering Sea, followed a polar bear biologist onto the Chukchi Sea ice and spent days on a fishing tender in Prince William Sound. Annie’s stories have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and on the public radio program Marketplace.

annie@alaskapublic.org

COMMUNICATIONS CO-CHAIR

Ed Schoenfeld is Regional News Director for CoastAlaska, a consortium of public radio stations in Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell. He has also worked as a manager, editor and reporter for the Juneau Empire newspaper and Juneau public radio station KTOO. He’s also reported for commercial station KINY in Juneau and public stations KPFA in Berkley, WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and WUHY in Philadelphia. He’s lived in Alaska since 1979 and is a regular contributor to Alaska Public Radio Network newscasts, the Northwest (Public Radio) News Network and National Native News. He was elected to the press club board in May of 2010.

(907)723-9004 | ed@coastalaska.org

TREASURER

Victoria Barber is features editor at Alaska Dispatch News. She’s lived and traveled around the state as an editor and reporter for several rural Alaska newspapers—including Dutch Harbor, The Arctic Sounder in Barrow/Kotzebue, The Tundra Drums in Bethel and the Seward Journal. In Anchorage, She was editor for the Anchorage Press from 2011-2012. Barber was a 2010 Logan Science Journalism fellow and a finalist for the international Knight Fellowship award at MIT.

vbarber@alaskadispatch.com

ASSISTANT CONFERENCE CHAIR

Janis Harper is the Assistant News Director at KTVA in Anchorage. She has worked as print reporter, copy editor, video editor, teleprompter operator, newscast producer, live show producer, Executive Producer and Assistant News Director. Her journalism career began one week after she graduated from high school when she was offered a general assignment reporter position with her hometown newspaper in Sulphur, La. A few years later, she made the move to broadcast journalism. Her favorite assignments involved sporting events: Kentucky Derby, Iditarod and Arctic Winter Games.

907-929-9742 | janis@ktva.com

SECRETARY

Tom Hewitt, FDNM, new press club board memberTom Hewitt is the opinion editor for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Tom received his journalism education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He got his start in professional journalism as a broadcast reporter in 2011, when he was hired as the government, politics and court reporter for KXD-News 13, Fairbanks’ CBS affiliate. In 2014, he moved to print when he joined the News-Miner.

907-459-7574 | thewitt@newsminer.com”>thewitt@newsminer.com

MEMBERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT CHAIR

Jenna Schnuer has been a freelance writer since 1999. An Anchorage-based New Yorker, she traded dodging taxis for avoiding moose in 2013, after several years of back and forth from the east coast. She writes about Alaska, culture, travel, science, business and more for publications including The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Smithsonian. She is also a freelance editor for Entrepreneur magazine.

Reach her at jenna@jennaschnuer.com and read her work at jennaschnuer.com.

COMMUNICATIONS CO-CHAIR

Kyle Hopkins is digital director and a managing editor for KTUU-Channel 2. He previously worked at the Anchorage Daily News covering rural Alaska, the Mat-Su, politics and general assignments. He has worked as a reporter at the Anchorage Press, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, St. Cloud (Minn.) Times and Vallejo (Calif.) Times-Herald. A 2014 USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellow, Kyle is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks journalism program and an Alaska correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

BOARD MEMBER

Andrew Kitchenman is the state government and politics reporter for KTOO in Juneau and Alaska Public Media. He has covered health care for NJ Spotlight, state government for NJBIZ and local government and schools for The Times of Trenton. He graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

907-463-6492 | andrewk@ktoo.org

BOARD MEMBER

Zakiya McCummings is a freelance journalist and previous Staff Writer and Social Media manager at the Anchorage Press. Her work has focused on arts, entertainment and culture within Anchorage. She currently attends the University of Alaska Anchorage as a journalism major, with plans to graduate in Fall of 2017.