SPJ Northern California Board Members


Ben Trefny – President

Ben Trefny handles daily operations in the KALW news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and managing the KALW Audio Academy training program. He earned a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 2000 and got his start in public radio at NPR member station KLCC in Eugene. After freelancing for numerous magazines and working for various commercial and public radio programs, Ben joined KALW in 2004. He has helped the department win numerous regional and national awards for long- and short-form journalism. He has also helped train hundreds of audio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today. Ben lives with his wife and twin children in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district, where Golden Gate Park meets Ocean Beach, and spends as much time as he can outside.

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez — Vice President

Born and raised in San Francisco, Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez writes the S.F. Examiner’s political column On Guard, covering City Hall slugfests and The City at large. He is also a transportation beat reporter covering pedestrians, Muni, BART, bikes, and anything with wheels. Joe had the honor of being the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s last reporter before it shuttered in 2014. His Examiner column, On Guard, is named for the long-running Bay Guardian column.
As an SPJ member and now chapter vice president, Joe is passionate about teaching the next generation of journalists, from City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the Bay Area’s high schools and beyond. He has also an active member of SPJ NorCal’s Freedom of Information Committee, an arm of SPJ tasked with championing the public’s access to government records and defending press freedoms.


Liz Enochs – Treasurer

Liz Enochs is an award-winning economic, financial, and legal journalist with many years of experience at major outlets including Bloomberg News and Red Herring magazine. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald-Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. She’s a two-term past president of SPJ Northern California.




Rebecca Bowe

Rebecca Bowe is an Advocacy Press Secretary for Earthjustice’s Lands, Oceans and Wildlife program in San Francisco. She spent 11 years as a reporter, most recently producing radio and web pieces for KQED News. She served as an editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian in 2013 and 2014. Her award-winning coverage has touched on a variety of issues including San Francisco politics and government, police violence and racial inequality, debates surrounding California water policy, and the public safety implications of aging gas pipelines. Rebecca served as president of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists from September 2016 until August 2017. She previously served as vice president of the NorCal chapter board and as co-chair of the board’s Freedom of Information Committee.

L.A. Chung

L.A. Chung is an experienced journalist who has worked at the Hartford Courant, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News. She currently serves as an aide in the office of California state Senator Jerry Hill.




Carl T. Hall

Carl T. Hall is a longtime daily newspaper reporter and union organizer. He serves as Executive Officer of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 of TNG-CWA. Hall also has served as an instructor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Hall worked as a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1987 to 2007, covering science and medical research for most of that time. He was a staff correspondent in the Chronicle’s Washington, D.C., bureau, from 1987 to 1989, specializing in economics. Previously, Hall worked for USA Today as economics writer in Washington. He was business editor at the Stockton (Calif.) Record, covered state government and politics at the Arkansas Democrat in Little Rock, and was a reporter for the Rutland (Vt.) Herald.

Hall earned his master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley and BA in English from Castleton State College in Vermont.



Lila LaHood

Lila LaHood is the publisher of the San Francisco Public Press. She has worked as a nonprofit consultant, and as a freelance writer and editor. She was previously a business writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she covered retail and real estate. Lila has an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University.






Troy Williams

Troy Williams is founder of the San Quentin Prison Report, a video and award-winning radio production program inside San Quentin State Prison. Williams co-founded San Quentin’s satellite chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and co-founded San Quentin’s financial literacy program entitled F.E.E.L. (financial empowerment emotional literacy).

Williams has worked as a Youth Program Development Specialist, Restorative Justice Facilitator, a cinematographer, and columnist for the Oakland Post. He is currently on the San Francisco District Attorney’s Formerly Incarcerated Advisory Counsel, Oakland City’s Safety and Services Oversight Commission, and on the Board of UnCommon Law. Williams is Founder and Executive Director of Restorative Media, a multimedia production and consulting company.


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