The SPJ Mid-Michigan Chapter is led by a volunteer board of directors.

President:  Jacob Kanclerz — MIRS Newsnew_jacob

Jacob Kanclerz covers the executive branch of state government for Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS) in Lansing, which is a newsletter read by lawmakers, lobbyists and other policy makers. He previously worked as a general assignment reporter for The Advocate in Newark, Ohio and interned as a business reporter for The Columbus Dispatch. He’s been an SPJ member since 2011 and served as president of the Michigan State University student chapter.

Vice President: Lindsay VanHulle — Bridge Magazine / Crain’s Detroit Business


Lindsay VanHulle has covered business and local government for the Lansing State Journal since 2011. She is a 2007 graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism and previously covered K-12 education for the Traverse City (Mich.) Record-Eagle. Lindsay is a recipient of several statewide reporting awards and is involved with the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association at MSU as an occasional conference speaker and contest judge for student journalists. In addition, she is a founding board member of Capital City Writers Association, a startup professional organization aimed at career-focused writers in the Lansing area. She has been a board member of SPJ Mid-Michigan since 2011 and twice was elected president, in 2013 and 2014.



Secretary: Lauren Gibbons — MLive

Lauren is the Ppolitical reporter for the Statewide Impact Team covering the 2016 election and other Capitol happenings from Lansing. She previously reported for MIRS News, The Columbus Dispatch, The Grand Rapids Press and others. She’s a longtime Lansing resident and Michigan State University graduate with passions for travel, history and Irish step dancing.

Treasurer: Judy Putnam — Lansing State JournalJudy Putnam

Judy Putnam is a freelance writer and communications director for the Michigan League for Public Policy. Prior to joining the League in 2007, she enjoyed a 25-year career in journalism as a reporter and editor, including 14 years as a statehouse reporter in Michigan for Newhouse
Newspapers now known as MLive. She also worked for the Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, Grand Prairie (TX) Daily News, Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger and Adrian (MI) Daily Telegram. She holds a degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

At-Large: Kathy Barks Hoffman — Martin Waymire

Kathy Barks Hoffman has been a political and special projects journalist for more than twoKathy Barks Hoffman 2014 decades, including 16 as the head of The Associated Press Lansing Bureau and stints at The Detroit News, USA Today and the Lansing State Journal. She won national awards in 2005 and 2010 from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, was named Michigan AP Staffer of the Year in 2001 and has won other awards for investigative reporting and public service reporting.

In 2012, she joined Michigan’s largest bipartisan public relations firm, Lambert, Edwards & Associates. She’s a member of The State News board of directors and a charter member of the Michigan Coalition for Open Government. Hoffman holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and a master’s degree in American studies from Michigan State University.

At-Large: Dawn Parker

The Detroit-area native first experienced journalism in an introductory ninth-grade class, and has followed a passion for telling people’s stories through newspapers in Michigan and Illinois.Dawn Dawn started with the Lansing State Journal and Lansing Community Newspapers since July 2007, covering communities across Ingham County.

As a reporter, she has taken seriously the responsibility to keep readers informed on what is going on in East Lansing and Okemos, whether it’s government or school board. She will also tell the untold stories of your neighbors – things that will make you smile. She has a passion for telling your stories that just won’t quit! When not working, the former high school sportswriter can be found at a dizzying variety of sporting events, but especially her beloved Michigan State University Spartan hockey team. There’s also the Tigers, the Red Wings, live music, good pizza and beer – Michigan-made, of course!

At-Large: Simon Schuster — MIRS News

Simon primarily covers the judiciary branch for MIRS. He was previously an intern at MIRS before being hired on full-time. He graduated with a degree in Social Relations & Policy from Michigan State University’s James Madison College.

While in school he was also devoted to MSU’s newspaper, The State News, freelanced for The Detroit News, contracted to conduct research for an environmental non-profit, participated in the William A. Demmer Scholars program in Washington, D.C. and directed undergraduate research of his own.