Board of Directors
SPJ Oregon's Board of Directors meets during the evening of the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings will be held by phone. For more information on board meetings, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel Alexander, president, Salem Reporter
Rachel Alexander is a reporter for the Salem Reporter, where she covers education and the non-profit sector. She is also a board member of the Washington Coalition for Open Government. Deeply passionate about data reporting, she founded Washington News Nerds in 2017, which offers low-cost data and open records training to reporters across the Northwest.
April Ehrlich, vice-president, Jefferson Public Radio
April Ehrlich is a reporter, newscaster, and producer for JPR in Ashland. She formerly worked for print newspapers in southern and eastern Oregon. She looks forward to helping SPJ Oregon reach out to journalists across the state and organizing events where journalists can connect and collaborate. She's passionate about storytelling, public records, data-mining, tending to her house full of pets, and listening.
Katy Sword, treasurer, Portland State University
Katy Sword is a former government and politics reporter for The Columbian. Previously, she also worked for Pamplin Media, first at the Newberg Graphic and later the Gresham Outlook. She now writes for Portland State University and works as a freelance journalist.
Nick Budnick, at-large member, Portland Tribune
Nick Budnick is a reporter for the Portland Tribune. Before that, he worked for newspapers in Oregon and California. As the board's Sunshine Chair, he co-chairs the chapter's volunteer Freedom of Information Committee, which works to improve transparency in Oregon.
Chas Hundley, at-large member, The Gales Creek Journal and Banks Post
Chas Hundley is the owner, publisher, and editor of the Gales Creek Journal and Banks Post, two rural news publications located in Oregon’s coast range. His first serious foray into journalism was launching a news publication when he was 18 years old; he’s since grown that publication into a small media company with one weekly newspaper, one monthly newspaper, two news websites, and a regional trail online magazine, among other publications. You can also find his work in other regional news publications, including the Tillamook County Pioneer, the Hillsboro Signal, and more.