HILO — The on again, off again website of the Big Island Press Club is live. We’ve got a new board of directors, a new president and a new presence on the web. So let’s first introduce ourselves again.
The Big Island Press Club was founded in 1967 to protect the public’s right to know. We are the oldest continuously active media organization in the state of Hawaii. Among our members are community leaders in the print, broadcast and new media, and supporters of a free and open press. We annually award scholarships totaling around $3,000 to students majoring in journalism or a related field. Our scholarships are funded by membership dues, endowments and investments.
We also fight to keep the public’s right to know. We highlight the best and worst examples of Sunshine Law compliance and violations through our Lava Tube and Torch of Light awards. We keep an eye on public officials to make sure they are acting in the open, under the gaze of the public. And when a violation is egregious enough, we have gone to court.
We’re also friends who enjoy getting together to celebrate life.
The members of our executive board are:
President Yisa Var, editor of Big Island Weekly
Vice President Nancy Cook Lauer, reporter for West Hawaii Today
Secretary John Burnett, reporter for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Treasurer Rod Thompson, reporter emeritus for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Past president Peter Sur, reporter for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Director Sherry Bracken, Lava 105
Director Bob Duerr, Hawaii Fishing News
Director Ilihia Gionson, Hiehie Communications
Director Patsy Iwasaki, faculty member of the University of Hawaii at Hilo
Stay tuned for more information about scholarships.