Michael Giarrusso (AAJA-New York) was named The Associated Press’ global sports editor on October 29, 2013. A former Arizona and New Mexico AP chief of bureau for three years, Giarrusso will now lead AP’s sports coverage, which includes events like the Olympics, the World Cup and the Super Bowl. Read the full story at AP here. Michael has been an active AAJA member of the Arizona chapter since 2004, and will now be based in New York.
Sandy Louey (AAJA-Sacramento) is joining the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management as Director of Strategic Communications. She will be handling media relations for the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, which is ranked among the premier business schools in the United States and internationally. Sandy is scheduled to start her new job on December 9.
She has worked as an information officer with the California Energy Commission and a media specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau. Sandy was a newspaper reporter for 17 years, with stints at The Patriot-Ledger, The Hartford Courant, The Dallas Morning News, and The Sacramento Bee. Sandy, who is the president of AAJA Sacramento, was selected as co-AAJA Chapter President of the Year in 2013. The Sacramento chapter was named AAJA Chapter of the Year in 2006 and 2010. She was named AAJA Member of the Year in 2002. Active in AAJA since 1988, she is a former national and Bay Area scholarship winner. She has held a number of leadership positions within the organization, including co-president and secretary for the Sacramento chapter, vice-president of the Texas chapter and national board member for the New England and Texas chapters.
Jeong Lee (AAJA-Asia) has been invited to speak as a panelist at the Asia Pacific Security Conference (APSEC) organized by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in February 2014. He will be giving his presentation on South Korea’s air power trends. Lee recently wrote an article for realcleardefense.com entitled “Has South Korea Lost the East Asian Stealth Race?” You can read the article in full here.
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