Thursday, September 3, 2015

Oregon Territory SPJ Chapter Elects New Officers for 2015-16

The Oregon Territory chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has a new board of directors.

Elected in an email survey of chapter members, the board of directors will serve for the next year.

Elected were:

President -- Samantha Swindler, a Washington County editor for The Oregonian as well as editor of the Forest Grove Leader newspaper.

Vice President -- Kaellen Hessel, causes reporter for the Salem Statesman Journal, covering nonprofits and social services.

Secretary -- Christen McCurdy, news editor at The Skanner News in Portland.

Treasurer -- Craig Brown, metro editor at The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Wash.

At-Large Members -- Inka Bajandas, public outreach program manager at the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, based in Portland.

Ian Kullgren, state government reporter for The Oregonian

Aimee White, development director for United Way of Deschutes County.

Rob Priewe, journalism instructor at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.

The board of directors will next meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the offices of the Statesman Journal newspaper in Salem. Other chapter members are welcome to attend the monthly board meeting, which has been alternating meeting locations between the Statesman Journal and The Oregonian in Portland.

For more information or to get involved in the chapter and its activities, contact Samantha Swindler at or Rob Priewe at

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