Paula Horton, president
Paula Horton has been covering crime for the Tri-City Herald since 2007. She’s been on the William O. Douglas chapter board since 2008 and most recently served as chapter treasurer. Before coming to the Herald, she worked at The Daily World in Aberdeen from 2001-07. She earned her journalism degree from University of Washington. She won three Blethens for deadline and enterprise reporting in 2010 and is a 2010 national Sigma Delta Chi award winner. In her spare time she likes to…who are we kidding? She’s a journalist; she has no spare time. She does own a cute cat named Leopold.
Veronica Craker, vice president
Veronica Craker is a business reporter at the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business. She moved to the Tri-Cities from Odessa, Texas, where she was the interactive editor at the Odessa American. She started her journalism career in broadcast as a producer and then assignments editor at the ABC and NBC affiliates in Midland, Texas, before joining the OA. She lives in Richland with her husband and their dog Molly.
Jillian Beaudry, secretary
Jillian Beaudry has been the managing editor of the Times in Waitsburg since August 2011. She joined the William O. Douglas chapter board in the spring of 2012. She had previously served on the board of the Oregon/SW Washington SPJ Chapter. Before working at the Times, Beaudry worked at The Daily World in Aberdeen as an editor and reporter, as well as a reporter at the Polk County Itemizer-Observer in Dallas, Ore. She grew up in Bellevue and graduated from Linfield College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. In her free time, she’s sipping wine on her porch, reading everything, and hanging out with her family – her fiancé, puppy and cat.
Kristin M. Kraemer, treasurer
Kristin M. Kraemer is the courts reporter at the Tri-City Herald. She is a lifetime member of SPJ and a longtime William O. Douglas chapter member. She has served in a variety of board roles for WOD, including several terms as president.
Kristina Lord is the city editor at the Tri-City Herald. She has been assistant city editor at since 2004 and spent five years as a reporter at the Herald. She worked at two weekly newspapers before joining the Tri-City Herald. She’s served on the William O. Douglas chapter board since 2004, holding several positions over the years. She was a journalism fellow in the Journalism, Education and Public Good program at the Seattle-based Institute for Educational Inquiry from 2002-03. She graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She has two small children, a husband who teaches a diverse group of high schoolers and serves as a senior chief in the Navy Reserves, a cat named Typo, and a passion for correct grammar and good journalism.
Michelle Dupler is a reporter at the Tri-City Herald covering politics, health care and Richland city government. She previously worked for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, and has been a member of the Snake River Pro Chapter, where she served as Open Government chair, and William O. Douglas Pro Chapter, including previous service as the chapter’s secretary and president. She has won reporting awards from the Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press Association, Pacific Northwest SPJ, and a Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association. She has a master of science degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.
If you’re a chapter member interested in joining the board or finding out about opportunities to volunteer for chapter activities, please contact Paula Horton at 509-582-1556 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.