Last updated: May 21, 2009

L.A. Chung
Writer, researcher, consultant
L.A. Chung is, at heart, a Silicon Valley journalist. She has worked for The Hartford Courant, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News, as reporter, editor and columnist. Before and between, she has been a wedding planner and the executive director for a national non-profit, the Asian American Journalists Association. The “A” stands for “Ann.” There is no relation to Connie.

Michael Collier
National-Foreign Editor  michael_collier
San Francisco Chronicle
901 Mission St.
SF, CA. 94103

Michael has been a newspaper editor and reporter in the Bay Area for 28 years, covering natural disasters from the 1989 earthquake to the East Bay hills fire and editing the region’s best reporters on award-winning stories from City Hall scandals to major breaking news and special reports. His current post is National-Foreign Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, where he oversees the paper’s political coverage, including the Politics Blog on SFGate.com, in addition to U.S. and world news. Michael joined the Chron’s staff in 1998, when Jerry Brown was running for mayor of Oakland. Before that, he was a regional editor for the San Jose Mercury and a reporter and editor at the Oakland Tribune. After growing up in Oregon and attending college in Indiana, Michael moved to Berkeley in 1979 to attend UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is married and has three grown children.

Claire Cooper
Freelance Journalist

Claire Cooper is a freelance writer, editor and researcher, specializing in legal affairs and public policy issues. She was The Sacramento Bee’s legal affairs writer for 23 years. Earlier, she covered politics and government for The Bee and, before that, for the Rocky Mountain News. A New Jersey native, she has held assorted other newspaper and magazine jobs in three states. She was the ACLU’s national editorial director for almost a decade. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Florida and an M.A. from New York University. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, Legal Services of Northern California, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the San Francisco Press Club, the Denver Press Club and other organizations. She also received The Sacramento Bee’s Publisher’s Award.


Michelle Devera
Copy editor, San Francisco Chronicle
Chair, California Media Workers Guild, San Francisco Chronicle Unit
901 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 777-7794

Liz Enochs
Business Journalist 
Liz Enochs is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience, including a dozen years covering business, finance and economics. She’s worked as both a reporter and an editor, and has written pieces ranging from features to profiles to investigative stories. Her experience includes work as a senior editor at Hanley Wood, where she edited stories for two magazines, Affordable Housing Finance and Apartment Finance Today. She has also worked at Red Herring magazine, Bloomberg News, The Bond Buyer, Mother Jones, Mountain Xpress, and Horizon magazine. Her stories have appeared in, among other publications, The New York Times, The International Herald-Tribune, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times, and The Boston Globe. She holds a B.A. in English from Duke University.

Robin Evans

Multimedia Professional  robin evans
1305 18th. St. #7
San Francisco, CA 94107
www.rcevans.me, www.linkedin.com/in/rcevans.

Robin Evans is veteran newspaper journalist now on the digital trail. She has worked at Yahoo and RedwoodAge.com, developed web sites and graphics  while working on a number of entrepreneurial projects. She has written for the San Francisco Business Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and was an editor and writer – including San Francisco Bureau Chief and Religion Writer/Editor — during nine years at the San Jose Mercury News. Before joining the Mercury News, Evans was Editor of the West County Times, one of the Contra Costa Times group’s dailies. Under her tenure, the paper won the California Newspaper Publishers Association Award for Excellence and a number of awards for public service projects. Evans has also worked at the Oakland Tribune and was a staff writer at the San Francisco Progress and The Bradenton Herald. She has a B.S. in business, with a minor in journalism, from the University of Maryland. She also is a graduate of web and digital media training at the Bay Area Video Coalition.

Linda Jue
Immediate Past President
Director/Executive Editor, G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism
Linda Jue is the immediate past president of SPJ-NorCal. Previously, she was president for two and a half years and vice president for three. She is director and executive editor of the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism, which sponsors independent public interest and investigative reporting projects of national scope by journalists of color, women and youth.

Diane Keaton
Board Vice President
Senior Editor, Forestweb, Inc.
Diane Keaton is a senior editor at Forestweb, Inc., which reports on the international forest products industry and related subjects. She was the company’s first employee when it launched in 2000 as an exclusively online news provider, and she has been involved in many aspects of its growth and evolution. Previously, she worked in Bay Area newspaper, television and radio newsrooms in a number of positions, among them news writer, show and field producer and section editor. She also covered agriculture for statewide publications. She is a longtime member of the SPJ NorCal board and also sits on its Freedom of Information Committee.

Nina Martin

Articles editor
San Francisco magazine
243 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 216-0889


Tom Murphy
Editor in Chief, RedwoodAge.com and Newswire21.orgTom Murphy
Tom Murphy has spent more than three decades practicing journalism as a writer, editor, social entrepreneur and publisher with such companies as The Associated Press, Bloomberg News, RedHerring.com and MarketWatch.com, where he was the founding managing editor. He’s currently developing Redwood Age and Newswire21 as self-sustaining models to assure the future of quality journalism.

Ricardo Sandoval Palos
Board President
Assistant City Editor, The Sacramento BeeRicardo Sandoval
P.O. Box 15779, 2100 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95852

As a foreign correspondent in Latin America from 1997 to 2005, Ricardo Sandoval covered crime, migration and insurgent movements—work that earned him first-place awards from the Overseas Press Club and the Inter-American Press Association. He began his professional career as a sportscaster for a commercial radio station while attending Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. He went on to write about agriculture, immigration, banking and public utilities at newspapers in California before becoming an investigative business reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. One of his projects there was awarded the Gerald R. Loeb prize for business journalism. In 1997 he also co-wrote, with Susan Ferriss, the biography The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement, published by Harcourt. Today he edits The Bee’s health care, environmental and science coverage, and is the weekend metro editor.

Michael Stoll
Project Director, The Public Press
Journalism Lecturer, San Jose State University
(415) 846-3983Michael Stoll
Michael Stoll is the project director for the Public Press (www.public-press.org). He has been a reporter for the Hartford Courant, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Francisco Examiner, and written freelance for SF Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Quill, the Christian Science Monitor and The New York Times. He was previously associate director of Grade the News (www.gradethenews.org), a media watchdog group for the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, he teaches journalism at San Jose State University. He lives in San Francisco.

Elizabeth Tomei

Freelance writer and editor lizzy 9_09



Lizzy is a native San Franciscan who has worked as a journalist in Southeast Asia, Guatemala and the Bay Area. From 2005 to 2008 she was based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she was an associate editor at The Cambodia Daily newspaper and specialized in political, health, and human rights reporting. She has worked as a freelance writer and researcher and has dabbled in private tutoring and nonprofit work. Lizzy currently lives in San Francisco and reports periodically for the Public Press. She plans to pursue graduate study in international politics and policy analysis.

Laurie Udesky
Independent journalistLaurie Udesky
Laurie Udesky has been a reporter and editor for more than 20 years. She was an editor at Southern Exposure magazine in Durham, NC. She has reported on health, social welfare and public policy issues for print, radio and online outlets. She spent five years as a foreign correspondent in Turkey until November 2001. While there she covered breaking news, health and social welfare issues for many newspapers, magazines, radio and Internet outlets, including The Dallas Morning News, The San Francisco Examiner, the St. Petersburg Times, Salon.com, Macleans magazine, National Public Radio and Consumer Health Interactive. She has won many national and regional awards, and is short-listed for a 2009 Webby Award in the online film and video, documentary series category for her multimedia project on an irreverent amputee support group.

Pueng Vongs
SPJ National Diversity Chair
Sports Producer, MercuryNews.com
Pueng Vongs has been a journalist for 18 years working at such outlets as Money magazine, Pacific News Service/New America Media and now the MercuryNews.com. She has lived and reported from her native Thailand covering a wide range of issues from the economic crash to tsunami relief to human trafficking. Her articles have also appeared in such outlets as NPR’s All Things Considered, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Christian Science Monitor online. She currently serves as the National Diversity Chair for SPJ.

Bernice Yeung
Freelance Writer and Editor  byeung
Bernice Yeung is a freelance journalist who enjoys writing about people, public policy, culture and the law—or, ideally, some unexpected combination thereof. A former staff writer for SF Weekly who has also worked as an editor at California Lawyer magazine, her work has appeared in publications such as Mother Jones, The New York Times, Dwell, Wired and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is also a contributing editor to Edutopia, and serves on the board of directors of Hyphen, an independent Asian American magazine that she co-founded.