About JAWS

About JAWS: Our history, member memorials, board members, committees and blogroll, president’s letters.

Andrea Stone

andrea-stoneAndrea Stone is director of career services at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she loves her job, helping launch the careers of a new generation of journalists.

Term expires Oct. 2018

Lisa Gillespie

lisa-gillespieLisa Gillespie is the health care reporter with WFPL, the NPR station in Louisville, Ky.

Term expires Oct. 2018

Treasurer: Jackie Frank

jackie-frankJackie Frank is a veteran journalist who worked as a Capitol Hill reporter and editor for Reuters in Washington, D.C., for close to 30 years.

Term expires Oct. 2018

In Memory: Carole Kay

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JAWS member Carole Ashkinaze Kay, a pioneering journalist who served as the first woman on the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s editorial board, died of cancer Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in hospice in Atlanta.

Carole shared her hospice news with JAWS and her other friends in early August, continuing to read the email list and sharing her life on Facebook.

“Journalism and Women Symposium members are saddened by Carole’s passing,” said JAWS President Sandra Fish. “Carole and her career embodied the JAWS mission to support ‘the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism’ and to work ’toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.’ “

Megan Sweas

A freelance journalist based in Los Angeles, Megan Sweas is the author of “Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools are Transforming Urban Education.”

Term expires Oct. 22, 2017.

Sarah Shemkus

A freelancer in the greater Boston area for the past four years, Sarah Shemkus has been writing for the Boston Globe, The Guardian, local lifestyle magazines and other publications, focusing on business, food and sustainability reporting.

Term expires Oct. 22, 2017.

Jane Isay

Jane Isay spent over 40 years as an editor of nonfiction books before becoming a book author.

Term expires Oct. 22, 2017.

In Memory: Sherry E. Conohan

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“Sherry E. Conohan had a career in journalism that spanned more than 50 years. She began her career with a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She was vice president of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was past president of the University of Missouri Alumni Association of New Jersey.

As a journalist, she worked in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, New York and New Jersey. She had numerous assignments for UPI and Gannett and traveled extensively. [Conohan] reported directly from the tumultuous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. [Her] forte was political reporting and also covered many of the larger New Jersey crime investigations.

She won many journalism awards and was an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism and Women Symposium.”

Dori J. Maynard Believed ‘Journalism and Life Demand All Voices’

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This article was originally posted on Nieman Foundation News.

By Mary C. Curtis, JAWS member

It’s hard to imagine the world without Dori Maynard in it. She leaves an incredible legacy and has touched so many. You can hear it in the many tributes greeting the news of her death. How did she manage to do so much in 56 years? How could she be so many places, making speeches and driving home the point that journalism and life demand all voices in order to work in any accurate and meaningful way—and then offering wise counsel and a sympathetic ear in a late-night phone call to a friend?

Last year, when we both happened to be in New York on business, we met for brunch and—since it was a beautiful day—walked and walked and talked and talked. I will carry that day with me now. She was sweet, kind, funny and fierce. And even when her message was serious she made it with such clarity and charm that everyone got it.

Statement from JAWS Board of Directors: Mourning the passing of Dori J. Maynard

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Journalism & Women Symposium logoThe Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) was honored to have Dori J. Maynard serve on our Advisory Board since 2012. As a lifelong journalist with a deep commitment to improving the craft and reflecting the diversity of our communities in news coverage, Dori was admired by many.

Dori was a natural, and welcome, addition to the JAWS community. The group’s mission, to support the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and work toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society, aligned well with Dori’s passion for teaching and showing journalists how bringing diverse sources to their stories made them more accurate.

Secretary: Sheila Solomon

Sheila Solomon is a native of Newport News, Virginia, and a graduate of Hampton Institute (now University) in Hampton, Virginia. She’s worked at newspapers in Hampton and Newport News, Virginia.; Long Island, New York; Charlotte, North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois. Solomon’s also worked as an adjunct journalism professor, served on numerous boards and been a frequent speaker at journalism workshops and conferences.

Term expires Oct. 22, 2017