First she was elected president of the group's Greater Cincinnati chapter, and now WCPO-TV reporter Hagit Limor has been named president of the Society of Professional Journalists' national organization.
Limor, best-known for heading Channel 9's “I-Team” reports, was inducted to her new post Tuesday, on the final night of the organization's annual convention. This year the event was held in Las Vegas.
Among Limor's plans as president, she wants to increase access to training for journalists across America and begin the process to create international chapters of SPJ. Also, Limor wants to explore creating a Black Hole Award, opposite of the Society’s Sunshine Award, to recognize the governments and other public entities that have the worst access to public records.
“We have future generations to rely on us for factual information,” Limor said in her induction speech, according to a prepared statement. “Only we watchdogs can prevent the worst of history from rising again.”
She replaces immediate past President Kevin Z. Smith, a journalism instructor at James Madison University in Virginia.
Limor was born in Israel and moved to the United States at age eight. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. Her term as SPJ president will last through the joint SPJ/Radio Television Digital News Association conference, which will be held in September 2011 in New Orleans.