Prominent Journalists Join Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Board

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Three nationally prominent journalists and a leading Internet educator have joined the board of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the educational and research arm of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Kyle Elyse Niederpruem, president of the Society, noted that the appointees were selected "based on their reputations in the world of journalism."

Appointed to one-year terms as SPJ representatives were:

Tony Mauro, Supreme Court correspondent for American Lawyer Media

Hoag Levins, vice president and executive director of APBnews.com, a national news service focused on crime, justice and safety

David Boardman, assistant managing editor of The Seattle Times

David Carlson, director of the Interactive Media Lab at the University of Florida

Paul Steinle, president of the SDX Foundation and director of the Masters in Journalism Program at Quinnipiac College, said the newest members of the board will bring "an infusion of fresh perspectives from experienced journalists who are willing to contribute their time and energy."

Steinle added, "We look forward to their insights and their willingness to help the Foundation grow and flourish as it faces the critical tasks of raising funds for our new national journalism headquarters and adapting to the rapidly changing needs of journalism."

Mauro has covered the Supreme Court for more than 20 years. Until this year, he was Supreme Court and legal affairs correspondent for USA Today and Gannett News Service. He has long been active in First Amendment issues for the Society and The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He received SPJ's First Amendment Award in 1986.

Levins is the former executive editor of Editor & Publisher magazine and its MediaINFO.com Web site. Levins was also an awardwinning investigative reporter for The Philadelphia News and a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is member of the board of the Criminal Justice Journalists organization as well as an author, or ghostwriter, of six nonfiction books on subjects ranging from female criminality and drug addiction to the history of the U.S. Patent Office.

Boardman edited a Pulitzer Prize winning series in 1997 on abuses in the federal tribal-housing program. A series he edited on how toxic industrial wastes are turned into fertilizer was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer in public service. …