Committee & Judges

The awards committee meets at each convention to plan and coordinate all of JEA’s award programs.

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Awards Chair
Erinn Harris, MJE
Thomas Jefferson High School
for Science and Technology
6560 Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22312
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Awards Coordinator
Connie Fulkerson, CJE
Journalism Education Association
105 Kedzie Hall
828 Mid-Campus Dr. S.
Manhattan, KS 66506
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Committee Members
Martha Akers, Virginia
Sara-Beth Badalamente, CJE, Michigan
Brian Baron, MJE, Massachusetts
Leslie Dennis, South Carolina
Linda Drake, MJE, Kansas
Charla Harris, CJE, Texas
Thomas Kaup, MJE, Washington
Leslie Thompson, CJE, Colorado
Cindy Todd, Texas
Ann Visser, MJE, Iowa
Carmen Wendt, MJE, Arizona
Andrew Young, Arkansas
Mitch Ziegler, CJE, California

Subcommittee Chairs

Aspiring Young Journalist Award
Joe Humphrey, MJE
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First Amendment Press Freedom Award
Kristin Taylor, CJE
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Future Teacher Scholarships
Candace Perkins Bowen, MJE
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High School Journalist of the Year
Joe Humphrey, MJE
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Student Journalist Impact Award
Jeff Browne, CJE
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Each year, the Journalism Education Association enlists the service of hundreds of volunteers to serve as judges for various awards, contests and competitions. These educators and professionals represent the highest tier of expertise in their respective fields, and their service makes JEA programming possible.

Board of Judges

2019 Spring Write-offs — Anaheim
Kathy Abdul
Kheira Adda
Travis Armknecht
Sara-Beth Badalamente
Natalie Barnard
Laurie Bender
Hillary Blayney
Alyssa Boeringer
John Bowen
Candace Bowen
Candace Brandt
Samantha Brockschmidt
Christian Brown
Beth Ann Brown
Jeff Browne
Claire Burke
Rich Cameron
Erin Castellano
Andrew Chambers
Richard Chang
Adriana Chavira
Kaitlin Christian
Curtis Christian
Kate Clark
Erin Coggins
Scott Collins
Sandra Coyer
Bernadette Cranmer
Jessie Cunningham
Kim Dantas
Christopher Davis
Jason Davis
Adam Dawkins
Kristy Dekat
Vince DeMiero
Annette Deming
Jackson DeMos
Hillary DeVoss
Natalie Djabourian
Gaby Doyle
Linda Drake
Ranae Duncan
Mitch Eden
Kaitlin Edgerton
Ian Edwards
Amy Elker
Brian Erickson
Troy Espera
Michelle Evenson
Carrie Faust
Brenda Field
Bill Flechtner
Megan Fromm
J.D. Garber
Brian Garcia
Bonnie Girard
Annie Gorenstein
Brenda Gorsuch
Nicole Gravlin
Peggy Gregory
Karl Grubaugh
Adriana Guzman
Stacy Hardcastle
Charla Harris
Nancy Hastings
Marina Hendricks
Casandra Hernandez Rios
Jennifer Higgins
Ida Hoffmann
Joe Humphrey
Kristen Hunter Flores
Jessica Hunziker
Marva Hutchinson
Tyler Johnson
Emily Jorgensen
Marsha Kalkowski
Lori Keekley
Jessica Kemnitz
Jack Kennedy
Jordyn Kiel
Sarah Kirksey
Debra Klevens
Diana Klote
Taylor Kreilmann
Sharon Kubicek
Sarah-Anne Lanman
Matt LaPorte
Samantha Lasarow
Evelyn Lauer
Dennis Leizear
Tommy Li
Gary Lindsay
Michael Malcolm-Bjorklund
Katy Mangrich
Talitha Martin
Joy McCaleb
Jim McCarthy
Kim McCarthy
Karin McKerney
Mike McLaughlin
Katie Merritt
Gary Metzker
Mark Middlebrook
Erin Moeckel
R.J. Morgan
Patrick Moring
Jeremy Murphy
Shawn Murphy
Judith Murray
Andrea Negri
Laura Negri
Kelly Neiman
Abrianna Nelson
Susan G. Newell
Sarah Nichols
Casey Nichols
David Nuttall
Katherine Patrick
Susan Pavelka
Meghan Percival
Katherine Persitz
Marci Pieper
Kate Plows
Mindy Pomper-Johnson
Christina Porcelli-Wilson
Thomas Price
Jayme Quick
Nina Quintana
Kirt Ramirez
Michael Reeves
Ray Richmond
Dave Riggs
Hannah Robison
Jillian Ryan
Shelby Schmidt
Kathy Schrier
Ed Serna
Hannah Shapiro
Karen Slusher
Aaron Smith
Emily Smith
Nancy E. Smith
Hallie Smith
Matthew Smith
Shirley Sokolosky
Margaret Sorrows
Karla Sprague
Allie Staub
Carol Strauss
Erin Sucher-Grady
Susan Sutton
Kristin Taylor
Stacy Tenace
Diana Thomas
Debbie Thrasher
Cindy Todd
Laura Totten
Chris Twombley
Marcela Valdivia
Sarah Verpooten
Ann Visser
Lawrence Wayman
Carrie Webbenhurst
Mark Webber
David Weikert
Jonathan Weller
John Welsh
Carmen Wendt
Mindy Wiedebusch
Drake Witham
Vicky Wolfe Bender
Casandra Workman
Jo Zimmerman
Nancy Zubiri

2020 SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest
Zeb Carabello
Karen Collier
Adam Dawkins
Joseph Dennis
Sue Everett
Erin Gallegos
Debbie Greco
Courtney Hanks
Kathleen Abdul Housner
Val Kibler
Jordyn Kiel
Sarah-Anne Lanman
Lori Larson
Samantha Lasarow
Evelyn Lauer
R.J. Morgan
Heather Nagel
Bridgette Norris
Katina Paron
Doreen Picozzi
Leigh Rogers
Dan Sidwell
Colleen Simpson
Justin Spencer
Larry Steinmetz
Susan Tantillo
Leslie Thompson
Andrew Young

2020 Scholastic Journalism Week Logo
Adam Dawkins
Evelyn Lauer

2020 Aspiring Young Journalist
Erinn Harris
Joe Humphrey
David Ragsdale

2020 Journalist of the Year Scholarships
Shari Adwers
Samantha Berry
Natalie Brown
Cherie Burgett
Renee Burke
Ava Butzu
Elizabeth Cyr
Gabrielle Doyle
Brenda Field
JD Garber
Christina Geabhart
Rebekah Goode
Jessica Hunziker
Emilee Hussack
Patrick Johnson
Nima Kapadia
Jack Kennedy
Kari Koshiol
Sarah-Anne Lanman
Dennis Leizear
Jim McCrossen
Alicia Merrifield
Amy Morgan
Megan Palmer
Kristi Rathbun
Danielle Ryan
Emily Smith
Leslie Thompson
Lisa Van Etta
Leah Waters
Mitch Ziegler
Bretton Zinger

2019 JEA China Contests
Kelly Furnas, chair
Renee D. Burke
Mitch Eden
Patrick R. Johnson
Joseph Humphrey
Matthew LaPorte
Tamra McCarthy
Beatrice Motamedi
Jonathan Rogers
Rachel West

2020 Business Professionals of America
Photography and Broadcast News Contests

Jane Blystone
Kyle Carter
Kelly Glasscock
Joe Humphrey
Dan Loving
Kim McCarthy
Mark Murray
Nina Quintana
Matt Stamey
Cindy Todd

2019 Junior High / Middle School National Media Contest
Allie Staub, chair
Cori Basulto-Fraga
Gina Claus
Bernadette Cranmer
Justin Daigle
Jason Davis
Sara Gonzales
Tiffany Hamilton
Trudy Hurd
Debra Klevens
Samantha Lasarow
Dennis Leizear
Michael Malcom-Bjorklund
Aaron Manfull
Katie Merritt
Jackie Mink
Meghan Moore
Katie Moreno
Mark Murray
Lori Oglesbee
Mary Patrick
Erin Radke
Scarlet Sager
Megan Sebold
Ginny Shikle
Stacey Skoric
Nancy E. Smith
Mark Webber
Anita Wertz
Laura Zhu

2019 Fall National Student Media Contests – Washington, D.C.
Kathy Abdul
Meg Adams
Kheira Adda
Shari Adwers
Melanie Allen
Travis Armknecht
Judy Babb
Sara-Beth Badalamente
Linda Ballew
Ellen Banner
Jane Bannester
Marge Craig Barber
Tina Barber
Meredith Barnett
Linda Barrington
John Beale
Maurine Beasley
Justice Bennett
Sean Berleman
Katrina Berry-Hooper
Leah Blase
Hillary Blayney
Jan Blystone
Alyssa Boehringer
Diane Bolinger
Candace Bowen
John Bowen
Molly Boyle
Gavin Brady
Jessica Bramer
Christine Brandell Melendez
Candace Brandt
Jack Brennan
Vicki Brennan
Erica Brockmoller
Julie Brouchoud
Kris Brown
Beth Ann Brown
Deanne Brown
Jennifer Buck-Castaneda
Cherie Burgett
Claire Burke
Daarel Burnette
Makena Busch
Maria-Rose Cain
Mary Carter
Kristy Cates
Andrew Chambers
Curtis Christian
Shari Chumley
Kate Clark
Gina Claus
Maggie Cogar
Scott Collins
Cary Conover
Michelle Corbett
Sandra Coyer
Bernadette Cranmer
Erin Crase
Liz Crawford
Brit Crew
Kathy Daly
George Daniels
Jason Davis
Diana Day
Steve Dearinger
Maria DeBone
Kristy Dekat
Matthew Dembicki
Vincent DeMiero
Annette Deming
Leslie Dennis
Hillary DeVoss
Thomas Dibblee
Mary Dillon
Jennifer Dixon
Mark Doleis
Linda Drake
Katherine Duffel
Michele Dunaway
Ranae Duncan
Albert Dupont
Mitch Eden
David Elfin
Laura Emerson
Lisa Farrell
Carrie Faust
Brenda Field
Megan Fitzgerald
Bill Flechtner
Janet Fonden
Nancy Fontenot
Mitchell Franz
Megan Fromm
Christine Fry
J.D. Garber
Pat Gathright
Christina Geabhart
Mitch Gerber
Samantha Gerwe-Perkins
Sue Gill
Kelly Glasscock
Don Goble
Haleigh Goff
Jay P. Goldman
Annie Gorenstein
Brenda Gorsuch
Nichole Gravlin
Tracy Greggs
Donna Griffin
Karl Grubaugh
Carrie Hall
Emily Hanford
Laurie Hanson
Cody Harrell
Erinn Harris
Charla Harris
Pamela Harris-Marcus
Nancy Hastings
Jennifer Higgins
Mark Hilburn
Pat Hinman
Ida Hoffmann
Krystle Hoisington
Jack Holbrook
Kelly Huddleston
Joe Humphrey
Jessica Hunziker
Carletta Hurt
Marva Hutchinson
Deanne Hutchison
Mark Hutchison
Jacqueline Hyman
Christina Insua
Lauren Jackman
Abbey Jones
Steven Jones
Emily Jorgensen
Leslie Jurgensmeyer
Marsha Kalkowski
Brian Karem
Thomas Kaup
Lori Keekley
Carol Kelkis
Anna Kenderdine
Jack Kennedy
Michelle Kennedy
Lynn Kim
Debra Klevens
Diana Klote
Jeff Kocur
Leslie L. Krebs
Katie Kroeppler
Sharon Kubicek
Jeff Kuchno
Leslie Ladowski
Eric Landschoot
Sarah-Anne Lanman
Matthew LaPorte
Samantha Lasarow
Matt Laslo
Evelyn Lauer
Dennis Leizear
Kate Lende
Elizabeth Levin
Tommy Li
Drew Lindsay
Gary Lindsay
Elaina Loveland
Roth Lovins
Michael Malcom-Bjorklund
Marilee Malott
Julie Mancini
Aaron Manfull
Loran Marquez
Emily Matras
Kelly Matteson
Michelle McCarthy
Tamra McCarthy
Jim McCarthy
Buzz McClain
Julieanne McClaine
Marcee McElwain
Dixie McGrath
James McNay
Susan McNulty
Logan Meltzer
Benjamin Merithew
Katie Merritt
Mark Middlebrook
Jackie Mink
Erin Moeckel
Meghan Moore
Kelli Moran
R.J. Morgan
Patrick Moring
Dan Mueller
Judith Murray
Nora Neff
Andrea Negri
Laura Negri
Abrianna Nelson
Susan Newell
Sarah Nichols
Casey Nichols
Valerie Norville
Kristy Nyp
Spencer O’Daniel
Lori Oglesbee
Laurie Oksanen
Sam Oldenburg
Nancy A. Olson
Jamie O’Neil
Jed Palmer
Kevin Patterson
Susan Pavelka
Caty Payette
Brent Pearson
Naomi Pestana
Doreen Picozzi
Marci Pieper
Kate Plows
Michael Pope
Christina Porcelli-Wilson
Mary Prichard
Renee Quaife
Jayme Quick
Nina Quintana
Carrie Rapp
Kristi Rathbun
Bill Rawson
Amy Reagan
Terri Real
Denise Reaman
Kelley Reeder
Richard Reeve
Michael Reeves
Lyndsie Riggs
Margaret Robertson
Kristen Rogan
Ashley Roper
Elisabeth Rubinfien
Pam Russell
Danielle Ryan
Lisa Sanfuentes
Rod Sattherthwaite
Lillie Schenk
Kathy Schrier
Derek Schroeder
Todd Sedmak
Patty See
Tracy Sena
Nathan Shackelford
Andrea Shaffer
Leslie Shipp
C.E. Sikkenga
Mike Simons
Karen Slusher
Aaron Smith
Emily Smith
Hallie Smith
Kathy Smith
Matthew Smith
Aaron Smoly
Janet Sobbe
Margaret Sorrows
Karla Sprague
Heather Springer
Matt Stamey
Mary Stapp
Allie Staub
Larry Steinmetz
Aaron Stepp
Christine Stricker
Alison Strlitz
Erin Sucher-O’Grady
Sydney Swanson
Susan Tantillo
Becky Tate
Sherri Taylor
Leslie Thompson
Charles Thweatt
Rachel Tidwell
Damien Tippett
Cindy Todd
Nate Trimmer
Justin Turner
Kristin Untiedt-Barnett
Nicole Vadnais
Sarah Verpooten
Chris Waugaman
Bryan Wawzenek
Mark Webber
David Weikert
Teresa A. White
Mindy Wiedebusch
Madeline Will
Angela Wolfe
Casandra Workman
Stacie Wulfert
Jessica Young
Will Yurman
Patty Zamarripa
Mitch Ziegler
Bretton Zinger
Stan Zoller
Kathy Zweibel

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