The 2023 NAHJ elections took place between July 1st to July 15th.

The National Board of Directors has created the NAHJ Elections Hub landing page as part of our commitment to remain transparent about the election process. This page contains important information for members about the 2023 NAHJ elections.

The ballot will open on Saturday, July 1, and will close on Saturday, July 15, at 5:00 p.m. ET. NAHJ will announce winners during the annual convention's Hall of Fame Gala.

Eligible voters will be emailed their voting credentials and can submit their vote through the NAHJ e-ballot system. To vote, your dues must have been paid and current by May 15, 2023.

Helpful links

• 2023 Elections Timeline

• Ballot Qualifications

• 2023 Elections Guidelines

• Elections FAQs

• RECORDING OF 2023 NAHJ Elections: Virtual Candidate Forum


This year NAHJ members will be electing regional directors and a student representative:

Regional directors will represent the members living in their geographic region. They must live in the region they want to represent and members can only vote for their specific regional representative. You must have a paid Regular or Academic membership active on June 12th to qualify for the ballot. Regional directors serve a two-year term, staggered in contrast to the national representatives on the board. 

The student representative must be a journalism student who will be enrolled in school during the 2023-2024 school year, with an active student membership with NAHJ. Student members can only run to be student representatives and this is the only position they can vote for. The student membership must be active on May 15th to qualify for the ballot. The student representative serves a one-year term.

Each Regional Director shall be nominated and elected by a vote of Regular and Academic Members from their geographic region and shall serve a two-year term. Associate members are not eligible to nominate/vote for National Board positions.

Only students are able to nominate for the Student Rep position. Students are not able to nominate/vote for other national board positions.

If you have any questions about the election contact the elections committee at [email protected].
If you have issues submitting your nomination contact the NAHJ staff at [email protected].

Region 1 Director -- The Caribbean and Mexico
  • You will represent core members in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, making this position the voice of all our Caribbean members.
Region 2 Director -- The Northeast
  • You will represent people living in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Region 3 Director -- The Mid-Atlantic 
  • You will represent people living in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.
Region 4 Director -- The South 
  • You will represent people living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Region 5 Director -- South Central U.S.
  • You will represent people living in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Region 6 Director -- The Midwest
  • You will represent people living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Region 7 Director -- The Southwest
  • You will represent people living in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
Region 8 Director -- The Pacific
  • You will represent people living in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
• Student Representative -- You will represent all student members within NAHJ as a single giant bloc.


  • Monday, May 8: Call for nominations.
  • Monday, May 15: The date of record. Members must be in good standing by this date to be eligible to vote. Click here to renew your dues.
  • June 3 to June 10: Vetting period conducted by the Elections Committee.
  • Saturday, June 10: Deadline to qualify for the ballot
  • Tuesday, June 13: NAHJ announces candidates.
  • Tuesday, June 13 to July 15: Campaign period.
  • Friday, June 16: Candidates' first 250-word campaign message is due to the elections committee.
  • Tuesday, June 20-23:  Candidates’ messages will be emailed to current members by NAHJ.
  • Wednesday, June 28: Virtual candidate forum at 7 p.m. ET (If candidates absolutely cannot attend the forum, they may submit a 2-min video at least 24 hours in advance.) Register for the forum here.
  • Friday, June 30: Candidates' second campaign message is due to the elections committee.
  • Saturday, July 1: Election begins. Polls are open for two weeks.
  • Wednesday, July 5-7: Candidates' second message will be emailed to current members by NAHJ
  • Saturday, July 15: Elections close at 5:00 p.m. EST. NAHJ will announce winners during the annual convention's Hall of Fame Gala.

You can find the 2023 elections guidelines about NAHJ’s election process here.
You can find the 2023 Elections FAQs here.


Interested in serving on the board?

Here’s how you can qualify to appear on the ballot:

  • Make sure you’re a member in good standing, which means your dues must be up-to-date. Need to renew? Click here to renew your dues.
  • All the officer candidates must collect 10 nominations from NAHJ members in good standing. NOTE: Only Regular, Academic, and Lifetime members are eligible to sign nominations and vote for all board positions. Student representative candidates would need 25 unique nominations.
  • To qualify, each candidate needs a petition with 10 signatures of support from members with paid memberships within their region. Candidates must be working journalists, defined as earning 51 percent or more of their income from practicing journalism or its instruction.
For more information on eligibility requirements, you can read the full NAHJ election guidelines here.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the 2023 elections -- we want to hear from you! Please email [email protected].

The 2023 Election Committee

Nora Lopez, NAHJ National Past President
Julio-Cesar Chavez, NAHJ National Vice President, Broadcast 
Blanca Rios, Digital Producer and Newswriter at WLS-TV (Chicago, IL)
Jamie Stockwell, Executive Editor at Axios Local

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