Ten journalists have been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). One is a new board member, eight were re-elected, and one will serve a year as chair-elect of the organization. Two current executive committee members will advance to new roles.
Jerry Walsh, Vice President, Local Content Development, Nexstar Media Group, Inc. is the new Chair-Elect of RTDNA. Walsh had previously served as an at-large director on the RTDNA board. He will also serve as RTDNA's executive producer of the Association's next national convention, Excellence in Journalism 2018 in Baltimore, MD. The Chair-Elect becomes Chair of RTDNA in year two and Chair of RTDNF in year three of a three-year cycle on the Executive Committee.
Loren Tobia, Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Weather Metrics, Inc. has been re-relected to a three-year term as treasurer of RTDNA.
Scott Libin, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN becomes chair the 70th Chair of RTDNA. Libin has previously served as a regional director and chair of RTDNA's Ethics Committee. The RTDNA Chair becomes Chair of RTDNF in year three of a three-year cycle on the Executive Committee.
Vincent Duffy, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, MI becomes Chair of RTDNF for the next year, as part of his three-year cycle on the Executive Committee. Duffy is only the second person to serve two terms as Chair of the Association. He has previously served as as well as a regional director and director at-large.
In the race for two opens seats as Director-At-Large, Ellen Crooke, Vice President, News, TEGNA, Inc. was elected and Kimberly Wyatt, News Director, WEAR-TV Pensacola, Fla., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. was re-elected. Each will each serve a two-year term.
Erica Hill, News Director, KCPQ-TV Seattle, Tribune Broadcasting was re-elected to a two-year term as Region 1 Director, Region 1 is comprised of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
Brandon Mercer, Executive Producer, SFGATE San Francisco, was re-elected to a two-year term as Region 2 Director. Region 2 is comprised of California, Guam, Hawaii and Nevada.
Jam Sardar, News Director, WLNS-TV Lansing, Mich., Nexstar Media Group, Inc. was re-elected to a two-year term as Region 7 Director. Region 7 is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
Andrea Stahlman, News Direcor, WLKY Louisville, Ky., Hearst Television, Inc. was elected to a two-year term as Region 8 Director. Region 8 is comprised of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Tim Scheld, Director of News and Programming, WCBS-AM New York, CBS Radio, Inc. was re-elected to a two-year term as Region 11 Director. Region 11 is comprised of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Mark Kraham, News Director, WDVM-TV Hagerstown, Md., Nexstar Media Group, Inc. was re-elected to a two-year term as Region 12 Director. Kraham has previously served as Chair of RTDNA. Region 12 is comprised of the Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
The new board members begin serving their terms immediately at a board meeting on the final day of the convention. Board members will be asked to volunteer for committee assignments, and will be appointed to committees by the chair.
A complete listing of all members of the board is available on our Board of Directors page.
Outgoing RTDNA Chair Vincent Duffy passes the gavel to incoming Chair Scott Libin at the Association's closing business meeting: