Committee & Judges

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

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Awards Chair
Karen Slusher, CJE
Eaglecrest High School
5100 S. Picadilly St.
Centennial, CO 80015
kwags4@gmail.com

kslusher@cherrycreekschools.org

Awards Coordinator
Connie Fulkerson, CJE
Journalism Education Association
105 Kedzie Hall
828 Mid-Campus Dr. S.
Manhattan, KS 66506
cfulker@ksu.edu

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
Rebecca Pollard, CJE
rebecca_pollard@lovejoyisd.net

First Amendment Press Freedom Award
Lori Keekley, MJE
jabowen@kent.edu

Future Teacher Scholarships
Candace Perkins Bowen, MJE
cbowen@kent.edu

High School Journalist of the Year
Rebecca Pollard, CJE
rebecca_pollard@lovejoyisd.net

Student Journalist Impact Award
Jeff Browne
jeffrey-browne@uiowa.edu

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.

2018 Board of Judges

Spring 2018 JEA Write-offs

Jeanie Adams-Smith
Travis Armknecht
Paul Aubrey
Sara-Beth Badalamente
Bob Bair
Lisa Baker
Eric Ballas
Linda Ballew
Jane Bannister
Terri Barnes
Linda Barrington
Hillary Blayney
Jane Blystone
Candace Bowen
John Bowen
Dean Bradshaw
Christine Brandell-Melendez
Vicki Brennan
Jack Brennan
Jeff Browne
Erin Burden
Claire Burke
Jill Burns
Erin Castellano
Andrew Chambers
Adriana Chavira
Kate Clark
Gina Claus
Maggie Cogar
Erin Coggins
Scott Collins
Michelle Coro
Sandra Coyer
Kathy Craghead
Bernadette Cranmer
Minauti Davé Khamar
Adam Dawkins
Kristy Dekat
Vince DeMiero
Annette Deming
Amanda Dolinger
Kris Doran
Linda Drake
Albert DuPont
Mitch Eden
Kaitlin Edgerton
Troy Espera
Jessica Estepa
Carrie Faust
Gina Fosco
Megan Fromm
JoAnn Gage
Tom Gayda
Jennifer Ghastin
John Gonczy
Andrea Goodwin
Annie Gorenstein-Falkenberg
Brenda Gorsuch
Nicole Gravlin
Peggy Gregory
Adrianna Guzman
Wayne Hardy
Laura Hardy
Michelle Harmon
Charla Harris
Erinn Harris
Nancy Hastings
Gabby Herbst
Gaby Herbst
Jennifer Higgins
Mark Hilburn
Christina Hills
Krystle Hoisington
Charles Huette
Joe Humphrey
Jessica Hunziker
Marva Hutchinson
Christina Insua
Patrick Johnson
Sheila Jones
Emily Jorgensen
Marsha Kalkowski
Thomas Kaup
Lori Keekley
Jack Kennedy
Debra Klevens
Kate Klonowski
Diana Klote
Allison Knoll
Sharon Kubicek
Jeff Kuchno
Matt LaPorte
Dennis Leizear
Joy Lessard
Elizabeth Levin
Janet Levin
Gary Lindsay
Kay Locey
Pia Longinotti
Donna Magana
Michael Malcolm-Bjorklund
Aaron Manfull
Taylor Martin
Joy McCaleb
Tamra McCarthy
Jim McCarthy
Rachel McCarver
Julieanne McClain
Mary Ann McCloud
Jim McGonnell
Susan McNulty
Deborah McPherson
CJ Memphis
Alicia Merrifield
Kim Messadieh
Mark Middlebrook
Erin Moeckel
Abbey Morales
R.J. Morgan
Patrick Moring
Dan Mueller
Jeremy Murphy
Judith Murray
Sarah Nichols
Casey Nichols
Paul Niwa
David Nuttal
Kristy Nyp
Spencer O’Daniel
Mark O’Deady
Laurie Oksanen
Kathryn Patrick
Jamin Perar
Meghan Percival
Marci Pieper
Kate Plows
Christina Porcelli-Wilson
Leslie Price
Rachel Prince
Anthony Prosceno
Jayme Quick
Nina Quintana
Carrie Rapp
Terri Real
Dave Riggs
Mike Riley
Lauren Robbins
Kristen Rogan
Jonathon Rogers
Mary Rose
Lisa Rossi
Susan Sanchez
Stephanie Sanders
Veronica Sarmiento
Amy Schmeltz
Shelby Schmidt
Kathy Schreier
Sarah Semmel
Theresa Shadrix
Hannah Shapiro
Karla Shotts
C.E. Sikkenga
Karen Slusher
Aaron Smith
Emily Smith
Hallie Smith
Kathy Smith
Nancy E. Smith
Margaret Sorrows
Larry Steinmetz
Tom Stock
Carol Strauss
Susan Sutton
Sydney Swanson
Susan Tantillo
Kristin Taylor
Adam Theriault
Damien Tippett
Cindy Todd
Chris Twombley
Steven Unruhe
Kristin Untiedt-Barnett
Fern Valentine
Sarah Verpooten
Kellie Wagner
David Wallner
Peggy Watt
Carrie Webbenhurst
Mark Webber
Carmen Wendt
Teresa White
Mindy Wiedebusch
Melanie Wilderman
Kelly Wilkerson
Kelly Wilkerson
Brian Wilson
Angela Wolfe
VIcki Wolfe
Casandra Workman
Sergio Yanes
Jo Zimmerman
Bretton Zinger
Nancy Zubiri

SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest

Heather Nagel
Jim Straub
Michelle Harmon
Gaby Herbst
Mike Riley
Sue Everett
Stan Zoller
Karen Collier
Justin Spencer
Andrew Young
Alicia Merrifield
Susan McNulty
Jordyn Kiel
Cynthia Hyatt
Dennis Leizear
Sarah-Anne Lanman
Kate Plows
Debbie Greco
Katie Fernadez
Erin Burden
Leslie Thompson
Susan Tantillo
Joseph Dennis
Colleen Simpson
Ellen Kersey

Journalist of the Year Scholarships

Judith Murray
Danielle Ryan
Gabrielle Herbst
Mitch Ziegler
Kristi Rathbun
Adam Dawkins
Taylor Blatchford
Jack Kennedy
Jessica Hunziker
Leslie Thompson
Joe Humphrey
Rebekah Goode
Jon Reese
Natalie Niemeyer
Michelle Harmon
Brenda Field
Patrick Johnson
Claire Burke, CJE
Sarah-Anne Lanman
Jim McCrossen
Amy Morgan
Emily Smith
Colleen Simpson
Bretton Zinger
Elizabeth Cyr
Kari Koshiol
Cherie Burgett
Christina Geabhart
Megan Palmer
Casandra Workman
Leah Waters
Katie Frazier
Lisa Van Etta
Nima Kapadia
Alicia Merrifield
Emilee Hussack

2018 Junior High / Middle School National Media Contest

Allie Staub
Laura Zhu
Tara Weiss
Jeff Kuchno
Erika Quick
Michael Malcom-Bjorklund
Patricia Turley
Elle Morosoli
Erin Radke
Jessica Gregory
Bonnie Katzive
Kyle Carter
Trudy Hurd
Mary Patrick
Anita Wertz
Thomas Kaup
Nancy E Smith
Jeff Gabbard
Jane Blystone
Dana LaChapelle
Sarah-Anne Lanman
Bernadette Cranmer

Fall 2017 JEA Write-offs

Aaron Smith
Shari Adwers
Lesa Anderson
Travis Armknecht
Paul Aubrey
Sara-Beth Badalamente
Lisa Baker
Linda Barrington
Jennifer Bass
Ethan Bateman
Patrick Bernal
Leah Blase
Hillary Blayney
Jason Block
Alyssa Boehringer
Ron Bonadonna
Candace Bowen
Jessica Bowen
John Bowen
Dean Bradshaw
Candice Brandt
Jeff Browne
Claire Burke
Jill Burns
Kathryn Campbell
Mary Carter
Erin Castellano
Andrew Chambers
Adriana Chavira
Erin Coggins
Karen Collier
Sandra Coyer
Kathy Craghead
Bernadette Cranmer
Erin Cristales
Justin Daigle
Adam Dawkins
Kristy Dekat
Maria Delgado
Vince DeMiero
Annette Deming
Cassandra DeStefano
Amanda Dolinger
Linda Drake
Ranae Duncan
Susan Duncan
Wayne Dunn
Albert DuPont
Jessica Durbin
Carol Eanes
Mitch Eden
Kaitlin Edgerton
Karina Elwood
Carrie Faust
Brenda Field
Megan Fitzgerald
Bill Flechtner
Janet Fonden
Nancy Fontenot
Gina Fosco
Megan Fromm
Kelly Furnas
Tom Gayda
Christina Geabhart
Bruce Gietzen
John Gonczy
Annie Gorenstein-Falkenberg
Brenda Gorsuch
Gretchen Gowen
Peggy Gregory
Karl Grubaugh
Jesse Hancock
Michelle Harmon
Marshall Harris
Erinn Harris
Charla Harris
Nancy Hastings
Bobby Hawthorne
Carrie Hendrix
Gaby Herbst
Gaby Herbst
Michael Hernandez
Mark Hilburn
Ida Hoffman
Krystle Hoisington
Jack Holbrook
Charles Huette
Joe Humphrey
Jessica Hunziker
Dawn Huskey
Marva Hutchinson
Patrick Johnson
Sheila Jones
Emily Jorgenson
Marsha Kalkowski
Thomas Kaup
Lori Keekley
Jack Kennedy
Rachel Kidder
Debra Klevens
Diana Klote
Jeff Kocur
Craig Koen
Glenn Krak
Sharon Kubicek
Jeff Kuchno
Maureen Langley
Sarah-Anne Lanman
Matt LaPorte
Dennis Leizear
Janet Levin
Marli Levin
Gary Lindsay
Donna Magana
Mandy Mahan
Michael Malcolm-Bjorklund
Julia Mancini
Joy McCaleb
Tamra McCarthy
Mary Anne McCloud
Jim McCrossen
Jim McGonnell
Dixie McGrath
Alicia Merrifield
Kim Messadieh
Mark Middlebrook
Joe Mirando
Erin Moeckel
R.J. Morgan
Jeff Mount
Dan Mueller
Judith Murray
Nora Neff
Susan Newell
Casey Nichols
Paul Niwa
David Nuttal
Kristy Nyp
Spencer O’Daniel
Laurie Oksanen
Nancy A. Olson
Yesica Pak
Mary Patrick
Meghan Percival
Marci Pieper
Megan Piernicky
Kate Plows
Christina Porcelli-Wilson
Mary Prichard
Anthony Prosceno
Renee Quaife
Jayme Quick
Nina Quintana
Preston Randolph
Carrie Rapp
Matt Rasgorshek
Kristi Rathbun
Rob Rathbun
Bill Rawson
Terri Real
Mike Riley
Margaret Robertson
Elisabeth Rubinfien
John Rucker
Danielle Ryan
Nicole Sanders
Veronica Sarmiento
Amy Schmeltz
Matt Schott
Kathy Schrier
Charles Scudder
Sarah Semmel
Theresa Shadrix
Hannah Shapiro
Lindsey Shirack
Ricky Shubert
C.E. Sikkenga
Carol Smith
Matthew Smith
Emily Smith
Kathy Smith
Hallie Smith
Carly Smith
Margaret Sorrows
Howard Spangole
Juanita Spangole
Maria Stafrace-Dupont
Kristina Steinhauser
Brandon Stelly
Lisa Stine
Nick Strecker
Elisha Strecker
Christine Stricker
Jayne Suhler
Susan Tantillo
Diana Thomas
Nathan Thomas
Damien Tippett
Cindy Todd
Sarah Tricano
Rene Vela
Sarah Verpooten
Karen Wagner
Kellie Wagner
John Walter
Thor Wasbotten
Brandon Wasserburger
Tiffany Weatherford
Carrie Webbenhurst
Carmen Wendt
Mindy Wiedebusch
Laura Williams
Brian Wilson
Angela Wolfe
VIcki Wolfe
Casandra Workman
Kylee Wurgler
Stan Zoller
Kathy Zweibel

Business Professionals of America Photography and Broadcast News Contests

Kelly Glasscock
Sarah Nichols
Joseph Humphrey
Kyle Carter
Matt Stamey
Nina Quintana
Jane Blystone
Bradley Wilson
Nick Homburg
Leah Waters
Margie Raper

Click here for past award information.

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