RTDNA announces 2017 board candidates

July 6, 2017 04:00

RTDNA today released the slate of candidates for its 2017 election of officers and members of the Board of Directors. The RTDNA Constitution and Bylaws require the nominations committee to publish the list of candidates no later than 60 days before the opening business session of the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, Calif., September 7-9.
 
Chair-Elect
 
  • Jerry Walsh: Vice President, Local Content Development, Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
The chair-elect serves one year in that position, then automatically becomes chair of RTDNA for one year, then serves one year as chair of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation. All voting members are eligible to cast ballots.
 
Treasurer
 
  • Loren Tobia (incumbent): Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Weather Metrics, Inc.
The treasurer serves a three-year term. All voting members are eligible to cast ballots.
 
Director-At-Large (2 positions)

 
  • Ellen Crooke: Vice President, News, TEGNA, Inc.
  • Scott Diener: News Director, KMOV-TV St. Louis, Meredith Corp.
  • Bernice Kearney: News Director, KSAT-TV San Antonio, Graham Media Group
  • Tim Lambert: Multimedia News Director, WITF Radio, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Sean McGarvy (incumbent): Managing Editor, KDVR-TV and KWGN-TV Denver, Tribune Broadcasting
  • Mark Willis: National News Anchor and On-Air Host, SiriusXM Radio Dallas
  • Kimberly Wyatt (incumbent): News Director, WEAR-TV Pensacola, Fla., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
  • Directors-at-large serve two-year terms. All voting members are eligible to cast ballots
Region 1 Director
 
  • Corey Hanson, Executive News Director, KPTV-TV Portland, Ore., Meredith Corp.
  • Erica Hill (incumbent): News Director, KCPQ-TV Seattle, Tribune Broadcasting
Regional directors serve two-year terms. Region 1 is comprised of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Only voting members in those states may cast ballots.   

Region 2 Director
 
  • Brandon Mercer (incumbent): Executive Producer, SFGATE San Francisco
Regional directors serve two-year terms. Region 2 is comprised of California, Guam, Hawaii and Nevada. Only voting members in those states may cast ballots.
 
Region 7 Director
 
  • Jam Sardar (incumbent): News Director, WLNS-TV Lansing, Mich., Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Regional directors serve two-year terms. Region 7 is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Only voting members in those states may cast ballots.
 
Region 8 Director
 
  • Andrea Stahlman: News Direcor, WLKY Louisville, Ky., Hearst Television, Inc.
Regional directors serve two-year terms. Region 8 is comprised of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Only voting members in those states may cast ballots.
 
Region 11 Director
 
  • Tim Scheld (incumbent): Director of News and Programming, WCBS-AM New York, CBS Radio, Inc.
Regional directors serve two-year terms. Region 11 is comprised of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Only voting members in those states may cast ballots.
 
Region 12 Director
 
  • Mark Kraham (incumbent): News Director, WHAG-TV Hagerstown, Md., Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Regional directors serve two-year terms. Region 12 is comprised of the Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Only voting members in Region 12 may cast ballots.
 
New This Year: Online voting by secret ballot begins Tuesday, August 8, 30 days before the opening business session at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday, September 7. The RTDNA Bylaws allow for additional candidates to be nominated from the floor of the opening business session, which will be held at 11:45 a.m. PDT on September 7, however votes cast prior to that time may not be changed. Voting concludes at 11:00 a.m. PDT on Saturday, September 9. The elections results will be announced at the closing business session of the Excellence in Journalism conference at 1:45 p.m. PDT on September 9.