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Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program
2016 Recipients

The goal of the Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program, ultimately, is to increase the diversity participation of SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors. The following people were selected to receive Diversity Leadership Grants to attend the Excellence in Journalism 2016 Conference in New Orleans.


Richard F. Gaspar

Dr. Richard F. Gaspar is a professor of mass communication. He has been recognized as a site level, county level and state level teacher of the year. He earned his B.A. at the University of Tampa, M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of South Florida. He has sponsored the Hillsborough Community College student publications the Hawkeye, Triad, and the Hawk Media Club for the past fourteen years. He has published works in newspapers, magazines, textbooks and online. He is an active member of the SPJ, College Media Advisers, Associated Collegiate Press, Florida College System Publications Association, and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. In 2011, he was honored as the CMA Distinguished 2-Year Magazine Adviser Award, and in 2015, he received the CMA Distinguished Newspaper Adviser Award.


Christiana Lilly

Christiana Lilly's foray into journalism began at 11 years old, when she put together a one-page gazette for her classmates recounting field trips, announcing the lunch menu, and other important news. A graduate of the University of Florida and the vice president of the SPJ Florida chapter, she has worked at Tribune Company, the HuffPost Miami, and Newsmax Media. She also freelances for a number of publications, covering a plethora of beats from LGBT issues, fashion, restaurants, education, travel, and profiling interesting people who call South Florida home. Lilly grew up in Asia as the daughter of a Foreign Service officer and now calls Fort Lauderdale home with her fiancé, Jack Licata. She never got rid of the travel bug, and when she's not writing, she enjoys traveling around the U.S. and beyond — most recently, she spent two weeks in Nairobi, Kenya for work and pleasure.


Jennifer Matthews

Jennifer Matthews is a cross-platform associate producer at CNN, contributing music writer at Mixologi.com, and instructor at Kennesaw State University. As a multimedia journalist, her most notable coverage include the SAE video leak at the University of Oklahoma, 2011 Joplin tornado, 2013 Moore tornado, and the 2010 U.S. Sitting Worlds volleyball team at the University of Central Oklahoma. As a journalism scholar, her research interests include mobile journalism and how newsrooms can implement successful storytelling strategies using their mobile products as well as how technology aid teaching journalism curriculum. Her most recent research study examined how professional journalists and academics define mobile journalism in order to find the best way journalists can tell great stories and how technology enhances storytelling. Matthews is a board member of the SPJ Georgia chapter, Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, and is the digital chair for the Young Black Journalists for the National Association of Black Journalists.


Neha Negandhi

Since 2002, Neha Negandhi has written articles for print and online publications. She has interviewed and profiled many notables including Pulitzer Prize winners, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Academy-Award winners and other dignitaries. Her work has been featured in Atlanta INtown newspaper, Buckhaven magazine, NRI Pulse newspaper and Khabar magazine. In addition to writing, she produces/hosts radio show on Atlanta's AM1690 Voice of the Arts. Her production work extends to television and digital shows including hosting an Atlanta arts leader segment on BoacTV (Best of Atlanta Concerts TV). Giving back to the community, she is a board member of the SPJ Georgia chapter (President Elect), award-winning member of Junior League of Atlanta (won 2016 “Dare to Be” Award) and member of Atlanta Press Club.


Alicia Nieves

Alicia Nieves is a beat reporter for the ABC affiliate in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she reported on the hill in Washington D.C and in Binghamton, New York. She focuses daily, and is passionate about, reporting on stories that tackle topics truly impacting the lives of people in her geographical beat. Nieves is the reporter that breathes for breaking news. When her community is curious or concerned about something that’s going on, she wants to be the first to give them accurate answers. Nieves is a proud Native New Yorker, grew up in the Bronx, and was raised by Puerto Rican parents. They had little means but were generous with encouragement to dream big and make a difference. With that she went on to become the first in her family to graduate college, with a bachelor’s degree in Radio & Television from the University of Central Florida. Then, went on to get her master’s in broadcast journalism at Syracuse University. Now she is living the dream, as a journalist. It’s not glamourous, but she loves it.


Andrew M. Seaman

Andrew M. Seaman is the senior journalist covering healthcare and healthcare policy for Reuters Health in New York City. His coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health won a 2015 news writing award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He also serves as ethics committee chair for SPJ. Before coming to Reuters’s New York headquarters in 2011, Andrew covered the implementation of the Affordable Care Act from the company’s Washington, D.C. bureau. While there, he also served as a weekend White House press pool reporter. He is a graduate of Wilkes University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he now serves on the alumni board. His work has appeared — among other places — in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Washington Times and USA TODAY.

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