Jean Ash spent 17 years as an anchor and reporter for WIVK and was named the AP Broadcasters Association Broadcaster of the Year and Knoxville YWCA Woman of the Year in 1987. After leaving WIVK/WNOX, she worked in Beijing for China Central TV and China Radio International. Ash holds a bachelor of arts degree in history, with a minor in social studies education, from Gettysburg (Pa.) College and did post-graduate studies in communications and Chinese language at the University of Tennessee. She has visited China more than 50 times and led tours of the country, some with an international travel company, others on her own. Her website, features her recent and upcoming tours. Ash enjoys photography, reading, studying Chinese history and culture, and cooking (particularly regional Chinese cuisines).
ETSPJ’s incoming vice president, Dan Andrews, has worked at Knoxville Focus for three years. A graduate of the State University of New York’s College of Old Westbury, Dan’s first award came in high school with the 1992 Rudder award for best reporting at a school newspaper. He’s also a Sterling Member of the Country Music Association, a Professional Member of the Academy of Country Music and Certified Associate Member of ‘The Recording Academy,’ aka “The Grammys.” As Vice President, Dan will be chairing our chapter’s Membership Committee and hopes to add significantly to our numbers.
Elenora Easterly Edwards has been managing editor of the Tennessee Press, the Tennessee Press Association’s publication, for more than 20 years. Edwards’ parents, Guy and Lucile Easterly, owned The LaFollette Press, so she grew up in the newspaper business. After graduating from Maryville College with an English degree, she studied at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, working for the Missouri Press Association and the Freedom of Information Center. She worked for the Clinton Courier-News for 24 years, including 10 as news editor. She is a past president of ETSPJ.
Dorothy Bowles is professor emerita in the UT School of Journalism & Electronic Media. She has worked as a reporter, copy editor, sports editor and editorial page editor at daily newspapers in Texas, Kansas, Wisconsin and Minnesota. She earned a Ph.D. with an emphasis in media law from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to academic journal articles, Dr. Bowles has authored or co-authored six books, plus a number of textbook chapters and published print and online teaching materials in communications law and editing.
First Amendment issues, including citizen access to government information, has been a special interest for Dr. Bowles throughout her newspaper and academic career. The Kansas Press Association awarded her its Freedom Award for her open government efforts in Kansas during the 1980s. She is a founding member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and currently serves as secretary. When, in 2008, Tennessee established its first legal counsel to deal with open records, Dr. Bowles was one of 10 citizens appointed to the Tennessee Advisory Committee on Open Government. She continues to serve on that committee.
For more than 30 years, she has worked with the Student Press Law Center, serving on its initial board of directors and continuing today on its advisory board. In 2001, SPLC presented Bowles with its first Public Service Award. Three times she was elected as a national officer in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and in 2012 AEJMC established the Dorothy Bowles Public Service Award. She has also received national awards for research and service from the History Division and Newspaper and Online Division of AEJMC and a research award from the Broadcast Education Association.
Dr. Bowles has held fellowships from the Knight Foundation, the American Press Institute and the American Society of Magazine Editors. At UT she received one of the university’s highest honors in 2005, the Thomas Jefferson Prize “for an academic career embodying the Jeffersonian principles and ideals in scholarship and teaching.” She twice won the College of Commuication Outstanding Innovative Technology Teaching Award, as well as the Public Service Faculty Award and the Outstanding Faculty Research award.
Kristi Nelson has worked for newspapers in the East Tennessee region for more than 20 years, primarily covering health, but also working as a general-assignment news and features reporter. A Knox County native, Nelson received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. She has received fellowships from the University of Southern California-Annenburg, Kaiser Family Foundation and National Institutes of Health, and awards from Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors, Association of Health-Care Journalists, Tennessee Press Association, E.W. Scripps Co. and Society of Professional Journalists, among others. She is a past winner of ETSPJ’s Golden Press Card Award.
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Anthony Cespedes is a senior majoring both in Criminal Justice and Journalism and Electronic Media. He’s from sunny Miami, Florida where the beaches are occupied almost all year long. Anthony is a major sports fan. His goal is to one day work with legends Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit and be a sports anchor with ESPN. Another goal would be to earn a spot on with a news agency. He has been active in many parts of campus during his “tenure” at UT. From the creation of Orange Nation, to the Big Orange Army, he has made his mark on the sports culture. Anthony is a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and attends Calvary Baptist Church. He is an active participant in UT’s Relay for Life where he has been a Team Captain for several years. Currently, Anthony also serves in the Army National Guard.
Anthony also works with UT’s student television station, The Volunteer Channel. He reports for the shows TVC News and Hot Topix. From working the camera, to co-hosting a show when needed he is getting his experience in both broadcast journalism and news writing. He also writes for the Daily Beacon, the schools hardcopy newspaper, and the Tennessee Journalist, the online newspaper. He expects to graduate in the 2014 school year.
Mark Harmon has worked as a television news producer and reporter, radio news reporter, host of a radio talk show, and guest columnist for several newspapers and magazines. An associate professor in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, Harmon has written more than two dozen academic research articles, more than 50 refereed research presentations, three book chapters and two instructional websites, and he just published his first book. In 2004, Harmon was the International Radio and Television Society’s Frank Stanton fellow for distinguished broadcast education. He has received awards for outstanding research and teaching at UT, along with a chancellor’s citation for extraordinary community service. Harmon is a former Knox County Commissioner and was the Democratic Party’s nominee for Congress in the 13th district of Texas in 1998. He has served as a county party chairman and a campaign manager. He chairs the Professional Development committee.
Brandon Hollingsworth is the local host of All Things Considered on WUOT-FM, Knoxville’s NPR member station. He’s served in that role since December 2010. In addition to his daily duties of newscasts, weather reports and traffic updates, Hollingsworth is a feature reporter for the station. His long-form work includes interviews with national figures from former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez to comedian Steve Martin. Hollingsworth has covered Tennessee’s growing Hispanic population, legislative redistricting and the controversy over hydraulic fracturing on the Cumberland Plateau. Hollingsworth’s work has appeared on NPR’s national newsmagazine Morning Edition, as well as the network’s extensive Newscast Unit.
Gregory Scott Jones covers supercomputing for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Department of Energy. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master’s degree in science communication from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As a science journalist, Scott has covered everything from invasive species to urban sprawl to the explosion of massive stars. When not reading or writing, Scott consistently fails to break 80 on the golf course and regularly runs rapids far beyond his meager rafting experience.
Matt Lakin joined the News Sentinel as a reporter in the summer of 2006 and covers police, courts, military affairs and drug abuse/addiction issues, along with general assignments as needed. A Knox County native, he is a 1993 Gibbs High School graduate and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1998. Prior to working for the Sentinel, Lakin covered similar beats over three years at the Bristol Herald Courier; before that, he was a general assignment reporter for a daily newspaper in Whitley County, Ga. (near Dalton). His series about methamphetamine use and costs in East Tennessee won a Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism, a Green Eyeshade Award and an ETSPJ Golden Press Card/Best in Show award. Over the years, his writing has been recognized by ETSPJ, Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editor and Virginia Coalition for Open Government, among other organizations.
Jake Mabe has worked for the Shopper-News for 15 years, starting as a freelance columnist when he was in college. He has served as a general assignment reporter, community news editor, features editor, managing editor, and is now a columnist and senior editor. For his work with the Shopper-News, Jake was named the Halls Business and Professional Association’s Halls Man of the Year in 2011. A Knox County native, Jake is a 1996 Halls High School graduate and is a 2000 summa cum laude graduate (B.A., history) from the University of Tennessee. He is a previous winner of the ETSPJ’s Golden Press Card Award.
Dr. Michael T. Martinez turned to academe after working for 26 years as a photojournalist, graphics editor and web producer. Even though, he is currently teaching at the University of Tennessee, he considers himself both a journalist and a scholar.
Dr. Martinez spent his professional career expanding a palette of journalistic skills at four newspapers and a wire service. He worked at the Associated Press in New York, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Detroit News, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In 2000, Dr. Martinez broadened his horizons and moved into the world of the Internet as an online producer. After covering two Olympics for the Associated Press, Lillehammer 1994 and Atlanta 1996, Dr. Martinez had the opportunity to work for four Olympic Organizing Committees: Sydney 2000, Salt Lake City 2002, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
Dr. Martinez has been active in professional associations throughout his career. He was president of the National Press Photographers Association in 1990. He has been the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ visual task force representative to Unity ’94 and Unity ’99 and in 2005-2006 served as vice president/membership of the Fort Worth Professional Society of Professional Journalists’ chapter.
Dr. Martinez’ research interests include media law, specifically media and the courts, the history of journalistic practices and political coverage in visual communication.
Georgiana Vines is retired associate editor of the News Sentinel, for which she still writes a weekly political column and occasional freelance stories. Her career at the News Sentinel began in 1968, and she has lived in Knoxville since then, except for 1996-97, when she was editor of the now-defunct El Paso Herald-Post in Texas. She is a former SPJ national president and teaches at the University of Tennessee’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media.