Matthew T. Hall | SPJ President-elect

Hi SPJ. I'm Matthew T. Hall, and I’m running to be your president-elect. I would really appreciate your vote. Thanks for checking out my site.

I’m editorial and opinion director of The San Diego Union-Tribune, and I’ve been on the national SPJ board for five years. I’m proud to say I was president of San Diego Pro when it won national chapter of the year in 2015 and a local board member when it won again in 2018.

As an SPJ leader at the local, regional and national levels, I have always tried to focus on the bigger picture – protecting, improving and celebrating journalism and our membership – and I have been available and responsive to all members. As president-elect and president, I promise to continue that inclusive approach. As proof, here is my cellphone – 619-987-7786 – and a pledge that I’ll be quick to reply by text.

After a challenging year, SPJ leadership needs more stability, civility and transparency and a renewed focus on strategic, collaborative thinking.

How do you know I’ll get the job done?

This year I was entrusted to chair a task force to improve our executive director review process. We created standards that could last for years, and I'm now on the executive director search committee.

I was also entrusted to chair a task force to review board policies. I dug up and reviewed all of them going back 20 years and helped create a policy manual to improve SPJ’s stability, civility and transparency for years.

It’s time for us all to stand in solidarity and show everyone just how vital journalism is to society and democracy.

Advocating for journalism, promoting media literacy and fighting fake news has never been more important. It’s why I joined SPJ: to fight for and alongside a community of journalists who demand excellence of each other.

Let’s be stronger together.


A vote for Hall is a vote for all.

I'm a veteran journalist, an experienced manager, a social media expert, a passionate mentor and a champion for the free press. I will listen. I will lead. I will support you. I will involve more voices in SPJ conversations. Let's make SPJ a more inclusive, more stable organization. Together.

In all my years volunteering for SPJ, I never had an interaction with Matt that made me question his sincerity or commitment to the organization. Even when we’ve disagreed on issues, I know that he’s taken the time to hear both sides and made a choice that he believes is in the best interest of the organization. If you care about journalism and you care about the future of SPJ, you should vote for Matt.
— Andrew M. Seaman, former SPJ Ethics Committee chair, 2018 Wells Memorial Key winner


A former longtime reporter and columnist, I now manage the Ideas & Opinion team at The San Diego Union-Tribune, writing and editing editorials, and overseeing community letters and op-eds, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoon, social media, and a blog and podcast called “The Conversation,” which shares news of the day in novel ways. I'm just getting started.


Professional Experience

Reporter, Derry (N.H.) News, Concord (N.H.) Monitor, The (San Diego) Daily Transcript, The San Diego Union-Tribune
1994 to 2012

Columnist, The San Diego Union-Tribune
2012 to 2014

Public engagement director, The San Diego Union-Tribune
2014 to 2016

Editorial and opinion director, The San Diego Union-Tribune
2016 to present


SPJ Experience

SPJ San Diego Pro board member
2011 to 2019

SPJ national board member
2014 to present

Ted Scripps Leadership Institute graduate

SPJ/Google News Lab trainer

Ted Scripps Leadership Institute mentor

Bylaws committee member
2017 to present

Finance committee member
2017 to present

Executive committee member
2017 to present

Legal Defense Fund committee member

2018 to present

SPJ Foundation board member

2018 to present



B.A. English/Journalism
University of New Hampshire

Schools reporting seminar graduate
Poynter Institute

Western Knight Center Fellow
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Donald M. Murray Visiting Journalist
University of New Hampshire

Kiplinger Fellow
Ohio University



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