Journalism Advancement Council

Technology is changing fast, and it’s driving massive shifts in the fields of journalism and communication. The SOJC's Journalism Advancement Council helps us stay relevant. It keeps us on the leading edge. It tells us what real-world skills our students need to cultivate. These experts in the field are instrumental in ensuring the SOJC lives up to its reputation for excellence.


Betty Staniak ’80
Senior Writer and Producer, State Farm Creative


Jon Anderson
President and Publisher, Random Length Publications

Steve Bass
President and CEO, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Scott Bedbury ’80
Founder and CEO, Brandstream, Inc.

Cameron Blanchard ’91
Chief Communications Officer, Condé Nast

Barbara Blangiardi ’79
Senior Vice President, Strategies and Creative Partnerships, FOX Sports

Kari Boiler ’93
Founder, Kari Boiler Inc.—Life and Talent Coach

Therese Bottomly ’83
Editor and Vice President of Content, The Oregonian

John Costa
Publisher, The Bulletin
President, Western Communications

Julie Dixon
Co-Founder/Advertising (Retired), Sports Incorporated

Brian Erb ’85
Partner (Retired), Ropes & Gray, LLC

Shirley Hancock, BS ’80
Director and Trainer, GratiaPR
Contributing Writer, 1859 Oregon’s Magazine
Former anchor and reporter, KOIN-TV

Anne Marie Levis ’96
President, Funk/Levis & Associates

Steve O’Leary ’69
Vice Chairman, The Shipyard

Jim Pensiero ’75
Deputy Managing Editor (Retired), The Wall Street Journal

Mark Pilkenton ’79
President, StoryMark

Scott Reames ’89
Content Director and Historian, Nike

Neal Rosen ’74
Owner, Rosen Communications

Gayle Timmerman ’69
Classified Advertising Manager (Retired), The Oregonian

Tracy Wong ’81
Chairman, Creative Director, WONGDOODY

Mark Zusman ’78
Editor and Publisher, Willamette Week