SPJ Colorado Pro Board Members
The SPJ Colorado Pro board works on behalf of its more than 100 members to improve and protect journalism in Colorado. They plan events, write advocacy letters, coordinate award programs and much more. Their names, titles and contact information are below, so feel free to contact them at any time. Board meetings are the second Saturday of the month.
President & Programming Chair
Kara Mason is the news editor at the PULP, a monthly newsmagazine for millennials in Southern Colorado, where she also contributes in-depth coverage of local government, economic development and issues facing 18-35 year-olds around the region. Kara has covered all levels of government from Pueblo City Council to the Colorado Statehouse to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her byline also appears in Law Week Colorado and the Cañon City Daily Record. After a professor at CSU-Pueblo encouraged her to join the SPJ Colorado Pro board in 2013 Kara spent two terms serving reporters and editors across the state. She is a fierce follower of the SPJ code of ethics, an advocate for young reporters and a strong believer that being a journalist is the best job ever.
Adrian D. Garcia
Bio: Sal Christ is a former filmmaker and Colorado native. She has worked as a journalist since 2010, writing for several Colorado publications, including 303 Magazine and the Denver Business. After a stint covering banking, finance and energy for Albuquerque Business First in New Mexico, Christ returned to Denver in March 2016. She currently writes for Evergreen Newspapers, covering government, Jeffco Public Schools and the U.S. 285 corridor. In addition, Christ is a published fiction writer and poet. Her work last appeared in Metrosphere in and Columbia Journal.
Jim Anderson is The Associated Press news editor for Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. Anderson joined the AP in Mexico City and has worked in Los Angeles, New York, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Caracas, Venezuela, reporting throughout the Caribbean and in Central and South America. Before coming to Colorado, Anderson was an assistant city editor at The Miami Herald. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Anderson has degrees from Cornell University and the University of Southern California.
Gabrielle Porter covers cops and courts for The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction. Porter, who has a degree in International Multimedia News from Metropolitan State University of Denver, has also worked as a freelance commercial copy editor and copy writer while living in Southeast Asia, and as a staff reporter at the Gillette News Record in Wyoming and at Evergreen Newspapers.
Robert (Bob) Burdick is retired after serving on the editorial and business sides ofnewspapers in California, Colorado, Florida and Kansas. He is a member of SPJ in Colorado, and he is a lapsed member of SPJ chapters in California and Kansas.He was president and publisher of The Gazette in Colorado Springs, president and publisher of the Naples (Fla.) Daily News, editor and president of the Rocky Mountain News, editor of the LA Daily News, assistant managing editor of The Denver Post, metro Editor of the San Jose Mercury, city editor and assistant managing editor of The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle-Beacon, night city editor of The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, reporter for The Miami Herald and He is a former member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Associated Press Managing Editors, Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, California Society of Newspaper Editors, Associated Press News Executives Council and the Associated Press Western regional association for Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. Burdick resides in Greenwood Village. He does occasional consulting, and he is a member of Hope United Methodist Church, the Denver Press Club, the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of the Rockies, and he is a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels. After a three-decade respite from changing diapers, he has rediscovered the joy of same, this time for his granddaughter, Evelyn.
I joined SDX (as it was then called) in 1965, just two years after I began working at The Denver Post. I retired from The Post in 2002, after serving in multiple roles, including political editor, editorial writer, columnist and statehouse bureau chief.
Thirty years ago, I was president of Colorado Pro. I’ve also been Region 9 director, longtime member and occasional chair of the SPJ national ethics committee, national SPJ president and winner of the Wells Key. I’m now or have been on the boards of Colorado Public Radio, Denver Press Club, Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.
I’m passionate about responsible journalism. I teach media ethics at the University of Denver, consult on the same topic and am currently working on a new edition of the SPJ Ethics Handbook. I promise to attend meetings, in person whenever possible and by telephone when not.
Region 9 Director; Past President
Ed Otte retired in August 2010 as executive director of the Colorado Press Association. Before being named to that position in 1995, he served on the CPA board of directors from 1993-1995. Prior to becoming the CPA executive director, Otte worked at the Greeley Tribune from 1980-1995 as city editor, editorial page editor and editor (1990-1995). While at the Tribune, he was on the adjunct journalism faculty at Colorado State University in Fort Collins from 1991-1995, and served one year as president of the Colorado Associated Press Editors & Reporters. He also won a number of state and national awards for columns and editorials while at the Tribune. Otte worked in newsrooms from 1969-1980 at the Alamosa Valley Courier, Colorado Springs Sun, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Santa Fe New Mexican and El Paso Times. On Feb. 18, 2011, Otte received the CPA Friend of the First Award “in recognition of his commitment to a free press and the public’s right to know.” On Aug. 26, 2010, then-Gov. Bill Ritter signed a proclamation declaring the date Ed Otte Day in Colorado, citing his accomplishments in his journalism career. The Colorado High School Press Association gave Otte its Friend of Scholastic Journalism award on Sept. 11, 2004, “in appreciation of his work to improve journalism education.”