All three officers are new to the SPJ Georgia board this year including a sports journalist from Henry County, a former AABJ president and veteran journalist who describes herself as a media geek. The SPJ Georgia Pro chapter has announced its new 2019 board members that will serve the state of Georgia this next year. As required by its bylaws, the chapter held its election in early December 2018.
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Meet the SPJ Georgia officers:
President Darius Goodman: Goodman is a sports editor/copy editor and content producer for the Henry Herald and Clayton News. He is a graduate of South Carolina State University and has written about sports ranging from the high school to professional levels, including coverage of the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga.
Vice President Carol Gantt: Gantt is a manager of programming and production at AIB Network. She is an experienced media professional with over 20 years in broadcast journalism, legal news, research, writing, interviewing, field production, guest booking, publicity, copy writing and new media. She was the 2018 president of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists.
Secretary KC Wildmoon: Wildmoon has been a journalist for more than 20 years, 15 of those with CNN, covering local, state, regional, national and international news. She is currently an editor at Storyful.com. She describes herself as a new media geek, a true news junkie with a constant curiosity and particular expertise at social media verification, breaking news and weather.
Returning Board Officer
Treasurer Danielle Douez
Danielle Douez: Douez works collaboratively with scholars to produce explanatory articles that are based in research at Conversation Media Group US as an associate editor. Her stories cover political and social issues of the day, with a special focus on U.S. immigration policy, criminal justice and race. Douez also worked extensively on global justice issues, including a short film collaboration with Women & Girls Deeply on surrogacy in the developing world.
At-Large Board Members
Student Representative Charlotte Norsworthy: A senior at the University of Georgia, Norsworthy is an experienced journalism student with a demonstrated history and interest in multimedia storytelling and giving voices to under-covered communities. She is also an academic researcher and teaching assistant within the Grady College of Journalism and the School of Public and International Affairs. Last but not least, Norsworthy is a self-described dog lover and (UGA) Dawg lover.
Stell Simonton: Simonton is a freelance journalist specializing in clear, engaging writing that lets readers see, feel and hear the story. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Simonton has written for the Washington Post and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among many other outlets. She is a regular contributor to Youth Today magazine, and in a previous life was a digital editor/producer for the AJC. She will co-chair SPJ Georgia’s high-flying freelance committee in 2019 along with Dr. Pamela Dorsett.
Brenda Goodman: Goodman,MA, is a staff writer for WebMD. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, Psychology Today, The Boston Globe, Self, Shape, Parade, U.S. News and World Report, and Atlanta Magazine. She has a master’s degree in science and environmental reporting from New York University.
Returning At-Large Board Member
David Armstrong: Armstrong is the Director of the Georgia News Lab which is an award-winning collaborative investigative reporting initiative. It is partnership between five college journalism programs along with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV. He is also a Journalist In Residence/Senior Lecturer at Kennesaw State University since 2017. He has also held Journalist In Residence/Senior Lecturer positions at Georgia State University and Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.
Continuing on the Board in 2019
Immediate Past President Haisten Willis: Willis is a freelance journalist based out of Atlanta, Georgia. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Bitter Southerner, Quill Magazine and Diversity In Action. Willis has a master’s degree in mass communication and journalism from California State University – Fresno. He is also a sports fan of Georgia Southern University where he earned his bachelor’s degree.
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