Meet the Board of Governors

Meet the Board of Governors

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Colin DeVries - President

Prior he worked over nine years as a newspaper editor and reporter for the New York Daily News, the News Corp-owned TimesLedger Newspapers group in Queens and daily and weekly papers in upstate New York. He has previously served the club as vice president of the awards dinner, vice president of the awards contest, vice president of special projects, treasurer and assistant treasurer. He has co-chaired the Student Relations Committee, responsible for outreach to local college and graduate journalism students. Additionally, he was chair of the national Society of Professional Journalists Membership Committee and continues to serve as a member of the committee. He has a master’s degree in communication and media from Rutgers University, an advanced professional certificate in management for public and nonprofit organizations from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University at Albany and completed journalism coursework at New York University.

Jessica Seigel - Vice President (Events)

She is an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, with more than 20 years experience across media as a national correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, columnist for Glamour magazine, and the on-air “Countess of Culture” for NPR’s Day to Day. Her investigative work in science, health and culture has appeared in outlets including Marketplace public radio, The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler. She won the Front Page Award for a Lifetime exposé on the clothing industry and top honors from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for a Los Angeles Magazine diet scam investigation and Ms. Magazine science feature on ape and human politics. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she served as president of the SPJ student chapter.

Polly Whittell – Vice President (Membership)

She has most recently been working as a freelance writer and editor/copy editor for a variety of websites and magazines covering general, current events, business, travel, sports, science and health news. Previously, she was a senior editor/feature writer at Hearst Magazines, where she wrote adventure, travel and lifestyle stories and did investigative pieces on drug smuggling as well as celebrity interviews/profiles. One of her articles won an environmental award and several were included in the anthology Against the Sea. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she also attended Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and completed the Harvard-Radcliffe publishing program.

George Bodarky - Vice President (Special Projects)

Bodarky is a past president and current board member of Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and a past president and current board member of the New York State Associated Press Association. Bodarky is an award-winning journalist who trains undergraduate and graduate students at Fordham University in multiplatform journalism. He is also an adjunct professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is widely known for his vocal coaching and journalism training. Over the years his students have won countless awards and have secured employment as anchors, reporters, writers and producers in commercial and public television and radio outlets across the nation. Prior to working at WFUV, Bodarky spent many years as an anchor, reporter and news manager in commercial radio and television.

James Martinez – Vice President (Awards Dinner/Program)

He has worked at AP for more than 30 years, including a decade as a reporter in Florida, and stints as a regional editor, deputy national editor and New York state editor. Along the way, he has led investigations into deaths at Rikers Island jail, business conflicts of President Trump, sexual misconduct in the FBI and the plight of nursing home residents in the coronavirus pandemic. He also teaches as a Ferris visiting professor of journalism at Princeton University.

Kimberly Chin – Vice President (Awards Contest)

She is a member of the alumni board at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where she graduated with a master’s degree. During grad school, she interned on the markets teams at Thomson Reuters and Business Insider. Prior to that, she worked as a staff writer at Institutional Investor’s newsletters focused on pension funds, foundations and endowments. Her bylines can be found in Financial Planning, The Street, and the Village Voice. She is a recipient of the New York Financial Writers’ Association scholarship for young and aspiring financial journalists. She loves to cook, run, practice yoga, dance tango and salsa, and travel. She occasionally produces shows at a nonprofit theater in New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Hofstra University.

Frank Posillico – Secretary

He was previously senior video producer at the New York Daily News, where he helped re-launch the newspaper’s video unit. He won two New York Emmy Awards for his work at Spectrum News, and a third for his work at the New York Daily News. He also won a New York Press Club Award for feature videography and a Deadline Club Award. He is a graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism and serves on the alumni board.

Cesar Bustamente Jr. – Assistant Secretary

Prior to that he was at the New York Daily News for three years, moving up the ranks of part-time producer to digital content editor. CUNY J-School alum, comic book nerd and journalism proponent, he was once told that he “exude(s) geeky competence” and has been adding that in his bios ever since.

Gloria Wood - Treasurer

Until 2014 she was SVP, Editorial Director/GM for Advertising Database—a marketing industry news resource and research firm. Previously she was an executive on the account management team at ad agency Scali, McCabe, Sloves primarily on the Volvo business for 13 years. Before to moving to NYC, she worked on automotive accounts at Detroit ad agencies including Y&R, Campbell-Ewald and McCann-Erickson. Currently as President of Wood Consulting, LLC, she is developing marketing and sales materials for several start-up businesses including an online sports marketing/management school.

Ted Phillips - Assistant Treasurer

Advisory Council (Past presidents)

John C. Long

He was a writer, editor and executive at The Courier-Journal in Louisville for 30 years and an editor at The Wall Street Journal for 10, sharing in a staff Pulitzer at each paper. He teaches journalism at St. John’s and Hofstra universities; is a founder and the director of the Main Street Free Press Museum, a First Amendment center in Fredericktown, Ohio; and in 1961-66 served on the founding staff of the Peace Corps.

Steve Dunlop

In 1999, following reporting stints at Fox and Reuters, Dunlop was named a correspondent for CBS News, where he was assigned to the network’s Bulletin Center. He was responsible for special reports as well as breaking news updates to the CBS Evening News. Currently, he is the president of Dunlop Media, Inc., a New York-based communications training firm.

Peter Szekely

In 2015, he became president of the Newspaper Guild of New York, which represented more than 2800 journalists and other employees at 19 New York area-based news organizations and other companies, including Consumer Reports, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Standard & Poor’s, Thomson Reuters and Time Inc.

Executive Council

Claire Regan (chair, immediate past president)

She completed a year-long fellowship in journalism ethics and has been a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. Her editing and design work for the Staten Island Advance has been honored by the Associated Press, the New York Press Club and the Society for News Design. Three Rubes she earned from the Deadline Club for spot news presentation are prominently displayed in her office. In 2014, Regan received the Charles O’Malley Award for Teaching Excellence from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. She is a board member and past president of the New York State Associated Press Association, a judging facilitator for the Society for News Design and a frequent presenter at conferences for journalism students.

Katina Paron, MJE

She was the senior project editor on The Trace’s award-winning national youth media gun violence reporting project, “Since Parkland” and founding editor of Teen Voices, a global girl news site at Women’s eNews. As the former managing director of the youth news agency, Children’s PressLine, she has worked with thousands of teens to develop professional quality media that has been published in the Daily News, Newsday, Metro, Ebony, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and, among other places. She’s written about youth journalism for The New York Times, The Daily News, WNYC SchoolBook and more. She is the author of the comic book-style high school textbook, “A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism” (McFarland). You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Robert Anthony

Anthony served as Deadline Club president from 1996 to 1997, during which time he took the organization online for the first time, creating its first e-mail address and website, and managed an innovative SPJ Region One conference which featured events around the city instead of at a central venue. Anthony now writes technology, business and travel features for various print and online publications. He’s also one of the top 250 Pinterest users in the world, with more than 1.1 million followers.

Michael Rizzo

He was also a managing editor at Fios1 News and News12 and a senior producer at The Daily news app. He is also a freelance reporter for The Tablet newspaper. Michael became a Deadline Club member in 2014. He graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Communications and holds an M.B.A. from St. John’s University.

Emma Cillekens

After a decade reporting in Australia, Cillekens was offered a scholarship to a prestigious NYU master’s program and since then has worked across many facets of storytelling in New York, from podcasting and video, to investigative journalism, audience development and strategy. She has worked with WNYC, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, ProPublica and MIT Technology Review. Notably, Cillekens worked on ProPublica’s Peabody, Polk and Goldsmith award-winning Maternal Mortality project, which was also a finalist in the Pulitzers, she helped create the NY Emmy-winning short documentary series Finding Sanctuary, and she worked on the multi award-winning podcast, WSJ’S The Future of Everything. Cillekens co-created a podcast on artificial intelligence called In Machines We Trust with MIT Technology Review, which recently won the Newswomen’s Club of New York award for audio investigative reporting. Cillekens also consults on effective and authentic storytelling.

Daniel Roberts

He’s also written for Sports Illustrated, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, New York Post, Vice, TIME, Salon, Deadspin, The Paris Review, The Daily Beast, and more. He is the author of the 2013 business book “Zoom: Surprising Ways to Supercharge Your Career.”

Janell Crispyn

She’s been news director for radio stations in New York and the Midwest, and has worked for Dow Jones Voice Information Services and Editor & Publisher Magazine. She has taught as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University and Long Island University, and does voice-over work for television and movies. She has a master’s degree from Seton Hall University and a bachelor’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Sheryl Huggins Salomon

She is the chief communications officer for the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, and a contributor to Everyday Health and As well, she is on the organizing committee of the Online News Association – New York City Chapter.

Pamela Hamilton

A seasoned television producer and on-air reporter, she earned her credentials at NBC News where she served on staff for nearly fifteen years and covered some of the world’s most notable news stories of the 21st Century, including 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, the war in Iraq, presidential elections, major natural disasters, and Hollywood Awards. She has produced stories on politics, the environment, health, women’s issues, and much more, and coordinated the entertainment unit of Weekend Today. As an on-air reporter, she has interviewed iconic figures in music, film, and business for NBC’s Today Show, Weekend, and WNBC’s Today in New York. Her film work includes producer of Grateful Dawg (Sony Classics), winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Newport International Film Festival, and The Empire State Building’s Return to Glory.

Ivette Davila-Richards

Previously, she was an associate producer at CBS News. Davila-Richards is the current secretary-treasurer of the national Society of Professional Journalists, the second-ever Latina elected to this position. She is also the vice chair of SPJ’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, is a past SPJ Dori Maynard Diversity Fellow, and currently serves on the Deadline Club chapter’s Executive Council. Her passions include mentoring and producing networking opportunities for friends, colleagues and students, many of whom attend CUNY’s Baruch College, where she received her BA in corporate communications.

Professional Council

Betsy Ashton

She also served as vice chairwoman of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, and won the 2007 Wells Memorial Key for outstanding service to the national society. Betsy was a radio and television news reporter and anchorwoman in Washington, D.C., for ten years before coming to New York as consumer reporter for WCBS-TV and the CBS Morning News in 1982. Betsy Ashton’s Guide to Living On Your Own, was published by Little, Brown in 1988. She has written for numerous publications but now works full time as a portrait artist, and serves on the board of directors of the Friends of Thirteen/WNET-TV, New York’s Public Television station. She is also a professional and highly successful portrait artist.

Gary Shapiro

He wrote a column about New York called “The Knickerbocker.” A former contributing editor for the quarterly journal, The American Scholar, Shapiro is also a certified tour guide in New York.

Allan Chernoff

For 11 years Allan Chernoff was a CNN senior correspondent, reporting for all CNN networks as well as writing for and Previously, he was senior correspondent for CNBC where he reported for both CNBC and NBC News for a decade. Allan’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. His honors include six Deadline Club Awards, two National Headliner Awards, three Peabody Awards, and a DuPont Award. Allan is a graduate of Brown University. He tweets from @allanchernoff.

Suzanne Woolley

Previous roles at Bloomberg include leading personal finance coverage for Bloomberg’s digital team, where she managed a team of reporters and freelancers and oversaw editorial projects that ran across online, print, video and other Bloomberg News media platforms. In that role, she relaunched the company’s personal finance online channel and was on the team behind Bloomberg’s first facebook group, Money Talks. Prior to Bloomberg, she spent much of her career writing about all aspects of finance at BusinessWeek. She left her role as the magazine’s Markets & Investments editor in 1998 to be part of a relaunch of Money magazine, where she was a senior writer and editor. She re-joined BusinessWeek in 2005 as deputy editor in the Corporate Strategies Dept. She graduated from Dickinson College and is a former board member of the Deadline Club and the Financial Women’s Association.

Tricia Couture

She’s a freelance writer/editor and is currently working on one of Random House’s daily online newsletters. Her past credits include,, (a division of NBC Universal, (a division of NBC Universal), and American Lawyer Media. She also produced the blog “Cheap Chick in the City” detailing free and cheap things to do in NYC, for more than four years.

Abi Wright

She spent seven years working at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), most recently as communications director. She was responsible for CPJ’s overall communications strategy, publicizing issues, handling breaking news and producing the annual benefit dinner. Wright spent 2003 through 2005 reporting on press abuses throughout Asia as CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. That job involved tracking and documenting regional trends, including the jailing of journalists in China and criminal defamation charges against journalists in Indonesia. She is a graduate of Barnard College, and an experienced television producer. Wright has worked for NBC News, ABC News and Fox News. She also serves on the board of the Overseas Press Club.

Anastasia Economides

She is also a 2009 scholarship recipient of The National Judicial College’s Court and Media Reporting conference in Nevada. She is a graduate of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and Adelphi University. She aims to continue serving the city that raised her as an urban multimedia journalist.

Lauren Young

She also covered mutual funds and capital markets for Dow Jones News, where she a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal. Young, who once appeared on all three major network morning talk shows during the same week, hosts an online video series for called “Money Clip.” She is a frequent guest on media outlets such as NPR, BBC, CNN, MSNBC and YahooFinance.Young is a recipient of the Investment Company Institute’s Award for Excellence in Personal Finance Journalism. She is an honors graduate of Penn State University and received her masters in journalism from Northwestern University. Although she served as the president of the Medill Club of New York City and was awarded the Northwestern University Alumni Association Service Award, she is a die-hard Nittany Lions fan. Young serves on the boards of Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College, Penn State Hillel as well as the Deadline Club of New York City.

Rubina Madan Fillion

She has also worked at the New York Times as a freelance graphics editor. She has written for Reuters, HuffPost, the New York Post, SPIN, and the Associated Press. Rubina has taught graduate-level digital journalism courses at Columbia University and New York University. In addition to the Deadline Club, she serves on the board of the Online News Association and is one of the organizers of its New York chapter.