KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (ETSPJ) — Please welcome our new board members for the 2017-2018 fiscal year: Jennifer Sicking, Jack Lail, Brit Stack and Nick Shepherd.
With more than 15 years of experience in professional news writing, Jennifer Sicking is currently the assistant director of media relations at the University of Tennessee System.
Sicking is a published poet and creative non-fiction writer. She also mentors student interns, is an award-winning reporter and video scriptwriter and has developed and produced magazines, stories and video packages.
Jack Lail has worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for over 15 years. He is the managing editor/multimedia and director of digital. Lail is a graduate of East Carolina University.
While Lail is a new addition to our 2017 board, he has served as president of the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists. We’re happy to have his experience on our board.
Nick Shepherd is the county government reporter for the Greeneville Sun.
Shepherd joined the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists on January 20, 2017. He was born and raised in Johnson City, Tennessee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from East Tennessee State University in 2013.
He has received numerous recognitions for his work in the four years he has been a professional reporter. He was recognized by the Associated Press and the Tennessee Press Association for his feature writing, news reporting, video production and investigative reporting. He also earned the Chanticleer Award for Excellence in Writing during his senior year at ETSU.
A fierce advocate for a free press and a lover of all things journalism, Shepherd is married to his lovely wife Cindy and has one biological daughter and three stepchildren he loves like they were his own. He is an avid guitar player and gamer.
Brit Stack is senior producer at News 5 WCYB in the Tri-Cities serving Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. She produces the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts and collaborates on in-depth storytelling.
Stack moved to East Tennessee in 2016 after producing at WGNO in New Orleans. She has also served as assignment manager at KGBT in Harlingen, Texas and executive producer at KALB in Alexandria, Louisiana.
While her professional career after college has been in broadcast news, Stack was a print journalist for a variety of local papers and magazines while finishing her degree at the University of Mississippi. Her favorite new beats included crime, city government, and local arts. She also enjoys blogging about hiking and the unique side-of-the-road attractions she finds while exploring the various places she’s lived.