Voting opens Wednesday, August 7, and closes at 12pm EDT on Saturday, September 9.
Voting members will receive ballot information via email before voting opens and during the voting process.
 
Region 1  |  Region 2  |  Region 7  |  Region 8  |  Region 11  |  Region 12   |  At-Large
Regional and At-Large Directors serve two-year terms. Regions 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 and 13 will be up for election in 2020.
 
Chair-Elect: This is a one year term, after which the Chair-Elect becomes the RTDNA Chair for one year, then serves for one year as RTDNF Chair. In sum, once elected this person serves a total of three years in Board leadership positions.

Andrea Stahlman, WLKY-TV, Louisville, KY
It is an honor to accept the nomination for Chair-Elect, and to help further the mission of this important organization.
 
In addition to fighting for the rights of journalists, RTDNA provides important training in ethics, leadership and industry innovation, and honors organizations and individuals with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards. As Region 8 Director I have seen the dedication of both the RTDNA staff and board in making sure this organization is prepared to continue serving its members and fulfilling its mission.
 
For 25 years I have had the privilege of working at WLKY, the CBS affiliate in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Starting as a weekend assignment editor, I later found my passion in producing, and now I am dedicated to guiding a fantastic group of hard-working journalists. I believe strongly in the critical value of local news, but it’s more than just producing newscasts. We are committed to serving our community in many ways - from covering live special events, to addressing critical issues with special programming, to raising awareness and funds for important community causes. I am fortunate to work for Hearst Television, a legacy company focused on its people, innovation and responsible journalism.
 
RTDNA is an organization that works for you, protecting both the integrity of our profession and journalists themselves. 

It defends, educates, advocates and believes in your efforts as our industry faces attacks and criticism. RTDNA recognizes your ground-breaking stories and community impact with its Regional and National Murrow Awards. I am excited and honored to support the mission of RTDNA as both a voice and a resource for all journalists.

Region 1:

Bill Dallman KOMOBill Dallman, KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA
The freedom for journalists to tell truths, right wrongs and serve the public are the foundations of my career in electronic and digital journalism.  You will find no more fierce defender of the rights guaranteed us in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  RTDNA’s stated mission, “to protect responsible journalism” has never been more critical, and I would be honored to receive your vote for the Region 1 Board of Directors seat for RTDNA. I will use my position to actively promote the training, education, awards and scholarships provided by RTDNA, and pledge to always set a standard of ethical decision making in our newsrooms.











Erica Hill, KCQP-TV, Seattle, WA (Incumbent) 

Region 2:

Brandon Mercer, San Francisco, CA (Incumbent)

Region 7:

Jam Sardar, WLNS-TV, Lansing, MI (Incumbent)
 
Region 8:
 
Bryan McGruderBryan McGruder, WZTV, Nashville, TN
Mizzou grad, 16 years as an anchor/reporter, the last 20 years as a news director in Savannah, Memphis, Kansas City and Nashville.
Storytelling is my passion so let me tell you a story.
 
In 1929, the Soviet Union decided to industrialize agriculture.
The plan called for taking farmers’ lands and putting them in labor camps.
The farmers slaughtered their livestock and planted no crops in protest; starvation ensued.
 
The Soviets allowed foreign correspondents into their country by permission, gave them limited access and officially denied any starvation.
A New York Times reporter in the Moscow bureau with a reputation for questioning conventional thinking, published a series of articles about the Soviet conversion to large scale agriculture.
He wrote, “There is no actual starvation or deaths from starvation but there is widespread mortality from disease due to malnutrition.”
 
He won a Pulitzer for his reporting.
Only years later was it learned the Soviets were giving that reporter the best access of all foreign correspondents, as well as a luxury apartment and car in exchange for parroting Soviet propaganda.
 
The best estimates today are that between 5 and 10 million Soviets starved to death between 1932-1933.
 
Sometimes the truth can’t be discerned immediately.
History depends on us to keep working to get the story right.
As your Region 8 director, I’m committed to a lifelong pursuit of truth, the protection of journalists and upholding the standards of The Journalist’s Creed.   



Robert Thomas, WKYT-TV, Lexington, KY
 
Robert Thomas, WKYTI always knew I wanted to be a journalist, and the opportunity to lead WKYT’s newsroom for the past 13 years is truly a dream come true.
 
As our RTDNA regional director, I vow to be a strong representative for all the journalists in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and the Carolinas.  It’s a region that I know and love.  After growing up in Tennessee, I earned a bachelors degree at the University of South Carolina and a masters from the University of Tennessee.  My path to becoming a news director took me to stations in Knoxville; Charleston, S.C.; Winston-Salem/Greensboro; and Memphis.
 
Since coming to WKYT in Lexington,  I gained invaluable experience by being a hands-on leader responsible for a total of 56 hours of news per week and digital content from Gray Television’s CBS and CW affiliates as well as the Sinclair-owned FOX affiliate.  From the national tragedy of the crash to Comair flight 5191 to the euphoria of the University of Kentucky bringing home another national title, it’s an ever-changing challenge and privilege to keep Kentucky viewers informed. 
 
In my time at WKYT, the station won 21 regional and one national Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in journalism.  In 2018, WKYT was the first television station in our region to win the regional Murrow for innovation.
 
From 2014 to 2017, I served as president of the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters.  In my role, I helped to increase participation and established the relationship with the Kentucky Broadcasters Association that developed into training for local and college journalists.  In 2015,  I advocated for the Kentucky Jailers Association to object to a private vendor used for managing jail records from placing copyright notices across faces on mugshots.
 
As a news director who understands the importance of RTDNA and one who has benefited from its training over the years, I would appreciate the opportunity to give back by helping lead our group forward in its essential mission in passionately defending the First Amendment and furthering journalism.


Julie WolfeJulie Wolfe, WHAS-TV, Louisville, KY

We are journalists. It’s simple. And also so complicated. It’s why RTDNA is more important today than it’s ever been. 
Local journalists need training, support, and resources to help them navigate their roles in their communities and in conversations about who we are and why we do what we do. My first encounter with RTDNA was as a senior studying journalism at college. I was eager and excited about finding my first job. Eighteen years later, I am just as excited about the opportunity to join this prestigious group of innovative leaders.  
 
My experience as an MMJ, social media manager, digital director, and now news director helps me connect with so many of our local news journalists, who are working to tell impactful stories in the face of so many challenges. Working for TEGNA has given me the opportunity to launch innovative new shows, integrate digital conversations into broadcast television, and publish digital documentaries. My entire career has been dedicated to telling stories that matter for an ever-changing and evolving audience. Through all of it, I have frequently leaned on RTDNA. 
 
RTDNA inspires us to make an impact through the Edward R. Murrow Awards, provides professional development through its extensive training guides, and offers leadership for an industry facing unprecedented change. I would be honored to represent region 8 in that mission.




Region 11:

Tim ScheldTim Scheld, WCBS-AM, New York, NY (Incumbent)
The RTDNA has done an outstanding job of helping shine a light on the great journalism that is happening in communities across the country. However, the RTDNA is much more than just the Murrow Awards. We are the world's largest professional organization representing broadcast and digital journalists. The work done by our members inspires, informs, and affects many lives in the communities we serve.  Additionally, the RTDNA plays a vital role in standing up for, and promoting a standard of ethics and truth telling in our profession.
 
I am extremely proud of the work the RTDNA has been doing these past few years. The board is a special group of selfless professionals dedicated to growing and supporting the next generation of news leaders.
 
The RTDNA exists to support broadcast and digital journalists and to provide them tools and best practices to strengthen their mission. It is for these reasons that I am running for a new term on the RTDNA Board. I have enjoyed getting to know, and representing the members of Region 11. I believe strongly in the work we are doing on ethics, and in training news reporters and managers. At a time when the news business is under attack, there is no more important work than supporting our Voice of the First Amendment initiative.
 
If elected I promise to continue to work with fellow board members to tirelessly promote and defend our profession and provide our members with the training and tools to support their growth as journalists and news managers.


Region 12:

 Mark Kraham, WDVM-TV, Hagerstown, MD (Incumbent)
 
Director at Large (2 seats):
 
Kimberly Wyatt, WEAR-TV, Pensacola, FL (Incumbent)

Ellen CrookeEllen Crooke, TEGNA, McLean, VA (Incumbent)

It has never been more important to fight for journalists and journalism. We’re in the midst of a revolution in the way people consume news. To keep pace with this revolution, journalists need education, training and support. No organization in America is better suited to undertake this work than RTDNA. As an incumbent member of the RTDNA board, I have been on the front lines of moving RTDNA’s work forward in the digital age.  And as Vice President of News at TEGNA, I work side-by-side with our local broadcast journalists to create innovative, high-quality and impactful journalism each day. I will continue to use my thirty years of experience as a leader and award-winning journalist to advocate for and support RTDNA’s mission to fight for the rights of journalists. I am honored to work on a board that is committed to and passionately defends the First Amendment, and will do my best to continue to advance the interests of our industry and journalists by serving an additional term.


2019 Board Election