PPAGLA 2019 Board Elections
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Karen Quincy Loberg
In my office at home hangs my diploma from kindergarten noting my enthusiasm for all art media. It is positioned beneath my BFA with honors in film from the Art Center College of Design. That lifetime focus and energy has turned into meaningful work that includes LIFE magazine, the Annenberg Space for Photography and 16 years on staff as a veteran photojournalist at the Ventura County Star.  
 
It has been a joy to be a first time member of the PPAGLA board contributing to our educational outreach and learning the ropes after over a decade as a consistent, active member of the association.
 
There’s much more to my professional past, but the important part to me is what I do in the present with the PPAGLA to help current and future carriers of the visual media torch. Our professional integrity, rights as members of the press and being stalwart advocates of California Penal Code 409.5 are critical as we go forward. 
 
It would be an honor to be re-elected to the board of the PPAGLA in 2018 and forge ahead together in our new political landscape.
Ringo Chiu
Ringo Chiu is a freelance photographer in Los Angeles. Ringo is a member of PPGALA since he was a college student in CSUN. He is currently a board member and seeking another two-year-term on the board.
Bonnie Burrow
I’ve worked, either full-time or part time as a photographer since 1982, holding the position of Staff Photographer for the Burbank Leader for more than 12 years, shooting more than 17,500 photos for the paper. Most recently I taught photography for 10 years at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, where students learned to shoot people, places, things, and to operate a studio with four different lighting systems. In between, and now, I’m running a photo business specializing in events and formal portraits, and I have had several clients for more than 18 years.
I served on the board of PPAGLA for 16 years, as Treasurer for six, and as President in 2001 and 2002. I learned the value of a professional organization, and I hope to play a role in maintaining it as an important voice for photojournalists, as an organization that continues to update photographers on changes in the industry, as a support group for aspiring photojournalists, and as a vehicle for social interaction. I’d like to explore the opportunity to organize more events for members, and to try to increase assets of the association so that it will survive well into its next 81 years.
Michael Coons
Michael is a photojournalist with The Acorn Newspapers covering Ventura and parts of Los Angeles counties, whose works have been recognized by CNPA and PPAGLA and have been featured on major news outlets in the greater Los Angeles area. He has helped develop and grow the social media presence of The Acorn and the PPAGLA during his career and time on the board. Michael thrives in the spot news environment, especially during California wildfire season. Michael has been a member of PPLAGLA for 6 years.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be considered for a second term on the board of PPLAGLA and look forward to being able to contribute to the fellowship of my profession in the highly volatile and uncharted media landscape of today.

Jose Lopez
Jose Lopez is a freelance photographer who has been published in the Orange County Register and online with KCRW. As a Santa Monica College student, he has worked as the Photo Editor of The Corsair where he has built a body of work that includes the 2016 Presidential Election as well as the opening of Cuba. He has won the PPAGLA Student Photographer of the Year Award two times in a row and runner up for one year. In addition, he has won the CPOY Award of Excellence for Spot News.

My work has been recognized through numerous other awards, including:

2016 Journalism Association of Community Colleges, Second Place Sports Action Photo
2014 Journalism Association of Community Colleges, First Place Photo Essay
2014 Journalism Association of Community Colleges, First Place Sports Action Photo
2013 California College Media Awards, First Place Best Sports Photograph
2013 California College Media Awards, First Place Photo Series

I believe that PPAGLA is an important organization for students who plan to become photojournalists, which is why if given the opportunity to serve on the Board, I would like to invest time into building stronger relationships with student members to help them make the most of PPAGLA as an important resource. In addition, I would like to help outreach to colleges to increase recruitment of new members. I am a strong advocate for education and student support, which is why I would help develop more workshops and educational opportunities to attract students.


I am very grateful for the opportunities that PPAGLA has provided me and I am excited to run for a position on the Board where I can work to offer the same to new student members.
Thank you for your consideration.

Ronen Tivony
Ronen Tivony is an independent photojournalist and the founder of 15IMAGES, LLC 15images.com/about an L.A. based company that provides editorial images to wire services and media companies. Ronen’s work has been published in: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BBC, HBO, TIME, CNN, VICE, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and many more.
Jim Ober
Jim Ober is currently on the board of Directors, and served as President in 1984, He has been continuosly involved with the the PPAGLA since he joined in 1971 and served as Treasurer in 1972, He was the editor of Just One More for many years, and is currently the Ad Chairman for Just One More. He is a 1964 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School and Pepperdine College, and learned the newspqper business there and during his four years of high school in the Scholastic Sports Assn which was part of the Los Angeles Examiner. In 1968, while still in college, he went to work for the LA Herald Examiner until 1979 when he started his own business, Trackside Photo, which specializes in off-road racing photography. He also was a principal in a p.r./ad agency, Dietrich, Ober & Rettie, Inc., whose clients included BFGoodrich and Cosworth Racing Engines. He continues his work photo work running Trackside Photo and his hobby is working on his vintage Studebakers.
Arturo Quezada
Chief Photojournalist, Univision Los Angeles: With over 30 years experience in television, Quezada has held numerous positions in the industry. 23 of his years have been at Univision where he has been Univision Network News Videographer and Editor. Additionally, he was Operations Manager for Univision Corporate where he taught editing, videography, newsroom workflow and storytelling. Recipient of 10 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, 16 RTNA Golden Mike Awards, 5 - time PPAGLA Videographer of the Year, and is an NAHJ and Associated Press Award winner.
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