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President: Sandra Guy

Sandra Guy is a Business Reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times. She has freelanced for international publications covering telecommunications technologies. Sandra previously was News Editor at Telephony magazine, Business and Technology Editor at American Medical News, and West Lake Editor at The Times of Northwest Indiana. In her native Appalachia, Sandra won the Tennessee Press Association's Meeman Foundation Award for Public Service and an award for Best News Story for coverage of life-threatening conditions at a nursing home. She also was awarded the Virginia Press Association's In-depth Writing award for coverage of financial problems at a senior citizens' housing authority. She is a 1983 cum laude graduate of Emory & Henry College in southwestern Virginia. (sguy178525@aol.com)

Vice President - Print: Annemarie Neff

Annemarie Neff is the Deputy Art Director at the American Medical News, a national weekly newspaper reporting on the medical profession and health care industry. Annemarie previously was the Assistant Design Director at the Albuquerque Journal and a designer at the Albuquerque Tribune. She has won numerous awards for her work in publication design and art direction and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico. (annemarie_neff@ama-assn.org)

Vice President - Broadcast: Lillian Williams

Lillian Williams is Director of Broadcast Journalism at Columbia College- Chicago. During her career as a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and WKTC-TV in Cleveland, she covered politics, the judicial system, and breaking news stories. She has won awards for reporting. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Columbia, she supervises a student-run broadcast production, "600 South,'' a news magazine show seen on cable access stations in Chicago. (Lwilliams@popmail.colum.edu)

Co-secretary: Sabina Ghebremedhin

Sabina Ghebremedhin, a native of Sweden, is a broadcast journalism student at Columbia College Chicago. She is the Assistant Editor of the college's Student Organization newsletter. Sabina also won the John Fischetti Scholarship for a second straight year, which recognizes journalism students' academic achievements; the Academic Excellence Award for Fall 2000 and the Renaissance Award that recognizes outstanding students at Columbia. (sabina@suntimesmail.com)

Co-secretary: Ann Pistone

Ann Pistone is an investigative producer for ABC/7-WLS-TV. She previously worked as an investigative producer at Fox TV in Chicago, and as a business news producer at both the CNN and CNBC Chicago bureaus. Ann started her television career as a political researcher/producer at WGN-TV in 1990 after receiving her B.A. from DePaul University. She has won awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Chicago Bar Association. (Ann.C.Pistone@ABC.com)

Treasurer: Bonnie Fitzgerald McGrath

Bonnie is a practicing attorney and freelance journalist who writes regular columns for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the Illinois Bar Journal. Bonnie started her career doing baseball stories at the Chicago Sun-Times and working as a reporter, re-write and broadcast editor at the City News Bureau of Chicago. She wrote a weekly column for the Chicago Tribune's WomanNews section from 1991-94 and has won several awards, including the Peter J. Lisagor Award and the Chicago Bar Association's Herman Kogan Meritorious Achievement Award. (BonMcGrath@aol.com)

Website Coordinator: Melissa Ramsdell Knopper

Melissa Ramsdell Knopper is a freelance health and science writer. Her work has appeared in such publications as Reuters Health, CBS HealthWatch and American Health magazine. She also is a part-time instructor at Roosevelt University's Chicago campus. Melissa previously covered the Chicago suburbs for the Daily Herald, and was a health writer in Connecticut. She also has written two books on careers in medicine and Great Lakes' environmental issues. She has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York and a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. (knopps@aol.com)

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