Annual Election And Annual Meeting
The Radio-Television Correspondents’ Galleries annual election will be held on Wednesday, December 11 and on Thursday, December 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Senate Radio-Television Gallery, Room S-325, U.S. Capitol.
Any active member, who is eligible to vote, may vote in person during those hours. Absentee ballots will not be accepted. There are three positions on the Executive Committee to be filled this year and four candidates. One may vote for up to three candidates. The candidate receiving the most votes will serve as Chairperson in 2015.
A list of the candidates with their bios appears below:
Alicia Budich, CBS News -
I’m Alicia Budich, CBS News’ producer covering the House of Representatives. To you, I’m more likely the new face that showed up this Fall and hasn’t gone away. I came to the Hill after two years in the CBS Washington Bureau with “Face the Nation.” I arrived just in time for the shutdown, which served to introduce me intimately to corners and marble floors of the Capitol not often seen – or stood in endlessly, or videotaped. While relatively new to the beat (I freelanced for CBS on and off up here since 2010), I have heard countless grumbles and wishes and “if only” requests from cameramen, technicians, producers – and on the other side, Capitol Police, members and press secretaries – and everyone in between. Coming in with fresh ears and eyes, it’s been interesting to listen to which desires are most often repeated: the need for more access to members, the need for more clarity in rules, the need for more parking for crews, the need for continued updates and maintenance to transmission paths, to name a few. While the issue of access is first and foremost to accomplishing our shared goal of providing the public with the best coverage of Capitol Hill, day-to-day issues of parking, tripod use, clear rules, transmission issues, and the like make accomplishing our goal difficult or even impossible sometimes, and deserve equal advocacy by the board. It would be a privilege to represent you. I’d love to hear from you with any questions or input. My email address is email@example.com
Lisa Desjardins, CNN -
Thank you all for reading this and I will keep this short. (Our brains are taxed enough.)
A Capitol Hill regular for 7 years, I’ve worked on most every side of broadcasting: radio, TV, in front of the camera and behind the viewfinder. Access is my biggest, but not my only, issue. This past year I served as RTCA chairman and have focused on increasing camera access on the Senate side (you may have noticed more subway stakeouts) as well as on improving relations/cutting down issues with Capitol Police. One more thing: I’ve worked on our own budget issues, pushing for ways to prevent red ink for years to come.
Summary?: I truly love our broadcasting crew here at the Capitol; I get fiery and passionate about defending what we do and working to make our jobs better. Thank you for considering me.
Fred Haberstick, C-SPAN -
I have been involved with coordinating news coverage on Capitol Hill since 1995. Currently, I’m the Director of the Assignment Desk for C-SPAN. I have held this position since October 2011. My primary duties include overseeing the editorial planning and logistics for the multitude of hearings and events C-SPAN covers. Before C-SPAN, I held a similar position at the Fox News DC Bureau for 16 years. During this time, I have been involved with TASC, the technical advisory committee for the RTCA, as well as overseeing the Network Pool. My platform is simple, continue the fight to increase the amount of live access for cameras and reporters on Capitol Hill.
Todd Zwillich, WNYC/PRI -
Todd Zwillich is the Congressional Correspondent for PRI’s The Takeaway and WNYC. I first started covering Capitol Hill 17 years ago and have been an active daily member of the Radio & TV Gallery since 2005. WHY I’M RUNNING FOR REELECTION: Over the past several years, the RTCA has increasingly turned to outside sponsors for financial support. This reflects some of the new realities of our industry. Our organization, however, has no concrete ethical standards guiding how and from whom this support can be raised. We are an organization of journalists, and that means that our integrity is our most important currency. We need simple, reliable, fair and accountable ethical standards that help avoid conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflict of interest. It is my intention to make sure those standards are adopted.
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