September 4th, 2021 • 2021: Virtual
Special Citations for Los Angeles Times and Kansas City Star
“In the past, coverage was either nonexistent or offensive and inaccurate. If you were a black Kansas Citian in 1950, you couldn’t even have your obituary in the Kansas City Star. You couldn’t get respect even in death.”
When Rebecca Aguilar, president-elect of the national Society of Professional Journalists, is sworn in at the group’s virtual conference later this week, she’ll be making history. Aguilar, 63, with more than 104 predecessors, will become the organization’s first-ever Latina and woman of color president.
Society of Professional Journalists outgoing president Matthew Hall started managing the Opinions section of the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2001, with additional skills in social media and politics reporting. Hall said he is hopeful for the future of SPJ, especially in the hands of the 105th president-elect Rebecca Aguilar.