Julie Ann Grimm, New Member and New Treasurer!

By Betsy Model, President-elect

You know, a funny thing happens when a snappy journalist who’s good with words is asked to write their own bio!  Julie Ann Grimm stepped in and volunteered a month or so ago as our chapter’s interim Treasurer and now it’s official; Julie Ann was elected Treasurer in the recent state-wide election and we’re delighted that she’s decided to come on board – and to the board! – formally.  When asked to describe herself to the chapter, here’s what Julie Ann had to say:

Julie Ann Grimm covers local government for The Santa Fe New Mexican, where she has worked for nearly seven years. The St. Louis native is a 2001 University of Missouri graduate and worked for the Associated Press in Albuquerque for two years before joining the staff at the oldest family-owned newspaper in New Mexico (and run by a woman to boot!). She reached the summit of her first 14,000 foot peak this summer, and has hiked the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail. She is an avid reader, fireside chatter and letter-writer who also sings in her church choir. She shares her home with husband Michael and three no-longer-feral cats. She wears sensible shoes and loves walking on the Santa Fe streets (and their sidewalks).

Welcome New Member Mary-Charlotte Domandi, NPR/KSFR Host

By Betsy Model, President Elect

Diversity – in people, in media type and in New Mexico locale – is part of what the SPJ New Mexico chapter is striving for and we’re thrilled to not only welcome a new member but one from radio broadcasting.

A well-known voice in the greater Santa Fe market, Mary-Charlotte Domandi is producer and host of the Santa Fe Radio Cafe on NPR affiliate station KSFR 101.1 FM.  Mary-Charlotte’s program consists of in-depth, provocative interviews with leading subjects on politics, the environment, literature, art, science and the local Santa Fe scene, including a monthly segment with Bill Hutchison on animal welfare.  Mary-Charlotte holds degrees from Yale University and St. John’s College and, when not on the air with KSFR, is also a Latin music DJ, has interviewed numerous distinguished Latin musicians and has studied social and folkloric dance in Cuba.  More information about Mary-Charlotte’s programs and the Santa Fe Radio Café can be found online at www.santaferadiocafe.or.

Election Results Announced for 2010 Board

By John Ensslin, Region 9 Director

Dear New Mexico SPJ members,

I’m happy to report that the first election of our newly revived New Mexico chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has been completed. Here are the results.

Betsy Model will be president of the new chapter.

David L. Brown is vice president for communications.

Julie Ann Grimm is treasurer.

Christina Durano is secretary.

All were elected to serve two-year terms.

The following people were elected to serve one-year terms on the board of directors:

Pilar Armstrong
Bill Diven
Gywneth Doland
Alysa Landry
Staci Matlock
Dan Vukelich

In addition, the board is pleased to announce that Joe Kolb, who  served as chair of the interim board, has agreed to accept a vacant seat on the new board. Joe offered to take on the challenge of Programs coordination.

The chapter’s bylaws also were approved.

The new board’s term begins on January 1 and the members will be sworn in by SPJ national President Kevin Smith during a reception on January 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Atrium of the Marriott Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque.

I hope you will plan to attend this event. It will be your chance to meet the new board as well as members of SPJ’s national executive committee.

I also want to take a moment to thank the folks who served for the last six months on the interim board. They did a lot of work in a short span of time to help create this new chapter.

Thanks also to my Region 9 predecessor Deb Hurley for administering the election.

Here’s to a happy holiday season. I look forward to meeting all of you in person in Albuquerque on January 15.