DURHAM, NC (January 3, 2014) – Katie Schoolov of KPBS-TV in San Diego has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Press Photographers Association.
NPPA president Mike Borland made the announcement today.
"I see in Katie someone unlike anyone else we have on the board," Borland said. "Most of us have had to adapt to changes in how we deliver our images and stories to our readers and viewers. Katie has spent her entire career in the environment we are trying to adapt to. To me she represents the face of the potential new members of the NPPA. I expect her to contribute a lot at our January meeting."
Schoolov is a video journalist for KPBS-TV, the PBS and NPR affiliate in San Diego, CA. She shoots and edits in-depth features for television, radio, and the Web, reporting stories on her own when time allows. She is a San Diego native and returned to cover her hometown after working as a video journalist for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Las Vegas Sun.
Schoolov replaces Mark Anderson, an appointed NPPA board member who has served since March 2013. Borland said Anderson resigned his board post due to increased job responsibilities at his video production firm Markymarkmedia in Minneapolis.
"I'm very disappointed," Borland said today regarding Anderson's resignation. "Mark has an incredible mind and heart and I wanted to tap into his ability to find great solutions to the challenges we face. I will still look to him for advice and guidance."
Schoolov previously worked as a print and video journalist for a daily newspaper in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she primarily covered ongoing election violence in Zimbabwe and the resulting emigration. She also interned for the Associated Press, producing internationally circulated videos and writing articles, including one from the White House.
She has been nominated for an Emmy, and has won first place awards from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the San Diego Press Club. Schoolov was also a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she also rowed for the Northwestern Crew Team.
Schoolov says she is passionate about public media, diving, snowboarding, and traveling the world – including in her own back yard, telling visual stories from Mexico as often as possible.
She will meet her fellow NPPA board members during the 2014 directors' meeting, held beginning January 18 at the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens.
"We're looking forward to planning the future of the NPPA," Borland said. "We'll be concentrating on what the NPPA can do for visual journalists by spreading our message beyond our membership, beyond the people who make a living with cameras. And we appreciate the offer from the school to be our hosts. It will be a pleasant change to meet in a campus setting, especially at one of the top Journalism schools in the country."
There are 15 members of the board of directors: six officers who make up the executive committee, six elected directors, and three appointed directors. All directors serve at-large, and thus they represent the entire NPPA membership. Elected directors serve three-year terms. Appointed directors serve at the pleasure of the president. The current board structure was passed June 9, 2009, and took effect January 1, 2010.