In her new role, Puckey will assist the RTDNA and RTDNF Boards, as well as Executive Director Dan Shelley, in cultivating and managing business partnerships, grant procurement, development efforts and other strategic endeavors. She will focus on enhancing the organizations’ status as the world’s largest professional association and foundation devoted exclusively to advocating on behalf of broadcast and digital journalists.
“As RTDNA and RTDNF elevate their visibility and influence as protectors of, and advocates for, press freedom and professional development for veteran and emerging journalists, Tara’s proven record of creating and managing partnerships, and developing lucrative new revenue streams, will serve our members, and the journalism industry, exceptionally well,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA and RTDNF Executive Director.
"At a time when the protection and preservation of the First Amendment are critical – when credible, thoughtful journalism goes to bat against disinformation and a free press continues to be challenged at the highest levels of government – organizations such as RTDNA and RTDNF are doing all they can to turn the tide. I’m excited to join an incredible team centered around a collaborative focus on a free, unfettered press,” Puckey said.
Prior to serving as SPJ’s interim executive director beginning in the fall of 2017, Puckey worked as its associate executive director and, prior to that, its member strategist. She has a journalism degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and an MBA from Western Governors University.
Puckey begins her duties at RTDNA and RTDNF June 4.