JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, president
Job: features writer, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Address: 503 Martindale St., Third Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Office phone: (412) 320-7889
Cell: (412) 855-1490
Fax: (412) 320-7966
Job history: 1985-1995 — Sales representative for Friden Alcatel/Priority Systems
1997-2007 — Sports writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
2007-present — Features writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Journalism tip: Whenever you feel like you have made all the calls you can for a story … make one more … because that may be the interview that turns a good story into a great story.
Dawn Goodman, vice president
Job: education reporter, Washington Observer-Reporter
Office phone: (724) 222-2200, ext. 2481
Job history: I’ve been a newspaper reporter since 1997, covering education for most of that time
Journalism tip: The best advice I ever heard was at a Poynter conference in Delaware: Don’t be afraid to kill your babies. If it’s the best quote you’ve ever heard, but it doesn’t move your story along, get rid of it. Your story will be better for it.
Theresa Hegel, treasurer
Job: staff writer, The Intelligencer
Address: 4712 Buckeye Road, Emmaus, PA 18049
Phone: (610) 462-2238
Job history: I’ve been a reporter since 2008. I cover two suburban school districts and the towns within them.
Our paper recently issued us smartphones, so I’ve been trying to become more Internet savvy, live-tweeting from meetings, and taking video and photos occasionally.
Before reporting, I was a copy editor and page designer at The Intelligencer in Doylestown and The Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio.
Journalism tip: Never pass up the opportunity to learn something new. If you’re not learning, you’ll get bored, and your work will get stale.
Stephanie Longo, secretary
Job: Editor, The Abington Suburban (Clarks Summit, Pa.)
Phone: (570) 348-9185, ext. 5429
Job history/bio: I began my career as a writer for The Abington Suburban (Clarks Summit, Pa.) and The Triboro Banner (Taylor, Old Forge, and Moosic, Pa.). I then became the editor of The Villager newspaper in Moscow, Pa. and, following that, served as a freelance writer for the now-defunct Go Lackawanna in Scranton, Pa.
Journalism tip: Every article gives you the chance to tell someone’s story. Remember, you may be the only chance someone has to get their voice heard.