Matt Hall, president of the Society of Professional Journalists. (Photo courtesy of SPJ)

Meet SPJ President Matt Hall

Society of Professional Journalists President Matt Hall will have a “chat session” on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. with the East Tennessee chapter via Zoom at

Hall became the 104th president of the Society of Professional Journalists during the Closing Ceremony of the SPJ2020 Journalism Conference in September.

Hall is editorial and opinion director at The San Diego Union-Tribune, where he has worked since 2001. He has managed its innovative and award-winning Ideas and Opinion section for nearly five years and previously managed the newsroom’s social media, wrote a metro column and was a reporter at the U-T and other newspapers.

He has served on SPJ’s national board since 2014, first as a regional director for Region 11 and then as secretary-treasurer and president-elect. Hall is a past president of the San Diego Pro Chapter, which was honored as national chapter of the year when he was president. He has served on numerous committees and task forces.

His goals for the Society include strengthening its advocacy and diversity; implementing a new strategic plan to make it more meaningful to more members; and to give journalists support, inspiration and better tools to do their jobs at a difficult time.



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