Meet the Candidates for the 2021-22 Chapter Board of Directors

All chapter members in good standing are eligible to vote. The election will take place from 12:01 a.m. Central on Sept. 27 to 11:59 p.m. Central on Sept. 29. The 2021-22 term begins Oct. 1. Per the chapter by-laws:

Any Chapter member in good standing may nominate a candidate or candidates to run against the proposed slate. Nominations must be received by the Chapter President no later than 14 days before balloting is to begin, and must include a statement of the candidate’s qualifications to hold the office for which s/he has been nominated. Upon verification that a candidate nominated in this way is a member of the Chapter in good standing and qualified to hold the office sought, the Board of Directors shall, no later than 10 days before balloting is to begin, publish the names of candidates and their qualifications by the same method used to publish the official slate.

For President: Ruth Nasrullah

Ruth is a freelance journalist who over the years has served six terms as President of the Houston Pro chapter.  She has been a member of SPJ since 2010 and was recently recognized by the organization with the Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member award.  She has a masters degree in journalism from Emerson College and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College.

For Vice President: Duane Bradley

Duane was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and lives in Houston, TX.
He graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Oral Communication/ Radio-TV-Film. He has a master’s degree in Faith and Culture from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where he is an adjunct professor of communication. Among his many years in media, he notably served as General Manager of KPFT-FM 90.1in Houston from 2002-17. He is the Executive Producer/ Co-host of the weekly KPFT radio program, Open Journal. He is married with one grown child.

For Treasurer: Caroline Evans

Caroline Evans joined Natural Gas Intelligence as an associate LNG editor in March 2021. Prior to NGI, she was a reporter for five years at oil & gas newspaper Upstream, where she covered North American LNG and shale. She’s also had previous stints at AOL Patch, Houston Community Newspapers, and Hart Energy. Caroline holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from McGill University and a master of arts degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. In her spare time she can be found doing improv at Station Theater or playing pub trivia. 

For At-Large Board Member: Alecia Alexander

I have a BA in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in speech and theater. I have several years’ experience in public relations. I am semi-retired and work part time as a substitute teacher. I am looking forward to getting involved in photo journalism as well encouraging students to pursue journalism. I have a strong interest in first amendment rights and journalistic ethics.

For At-Large Board Member: Jim Magill

Jim Magill is a Houston-based writer with almost a quarter-century of experience covering technical and economic developments in the oil and gas industry. After retiring in December 2019 as a senior editor with S&P Global Platts, Jim began writing about emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robots and drones, and the ways in which they’re contributing to our society. In addition to DroneLife, Jim is a contributor to and his work has appeared in the Houston Chronicle, U.S. News & World Report, and Unmanned Systems, a publication of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.