Denver Press Club Board of Directors - 2022-2023
President of the Denver Press Club since September 2020. He is an award-winning investigative reporter for KUSA-TV 9NEWS in Denver and co-author of the New York Times bestseller "The Ledge." A 1986 graduate of Metropolitan State University, he previously worked for FOX Sports 1, the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post and other newspapers in Colorado and New Mexico.
Jim Clarke, vice president of the Denver Press Club, is the Associated Press’ managing director for local markets. A Rhode Island native, his time with the AP has taken him from the farthest stretches of the Aleutians Islands to the Deep South and the Utah desert. He has covered the Iditarod, coordinated local AP efforts for the 2002 Winter Olympics and led the work on the Elizabeth Smart disappearance in Utah and the BTK serial killer case in Kansas. He did his undergraduate work at The George Washington University and earned an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in 1990. He lives in Arvada with his wife Jennifer and daughters Hope and Grace.
Erica Tinsley works with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado. Before becoming secretary of the Denver Press Club, she organized mixers and panel discussions with leaders in Denver’s underrepresented, diverse communities, local journalists, and community members at the DPC, work that continues today. She has also spearheaded the efforts to re-establish the Colorado Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) and is currently serving as the organization’s interim secretary. Prior to moving into the communications field with ACLU of Colorado, Erica worked in the television news industry for 11 years; most of her career she worked as a newscast producer before moving into management roles where she was responsible for overall newsroom operations. Most recently she helped launch and manage a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative called Voices of Change, at 9NEWS and was captain of their DE&I efforts before leaving television news to join the ACLU of CO.
J. Skyler McKinley
A DPC board member since 2018 and treasurer since 2022, Skyler McKinley leads the regional public affairs division for AAA - The Auto Club Group. He previously served as press secretary to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and as the founding deputy director of the State of Colorado's Office of Marijuana Coordination. A fourth-generation Coloradan, McKinley was born in Grand Junction and raised in Pueblo - and is the proud owner of the Oak Creek Tavern, a historic bar in the heart of the Yampa Valley. He graduated summa cum laude with degrees in journalism and legal philosophy from The American University in Washington, D.C., and is a regular contributor to KMGH Denver7, KDVR FOX31, and Denver Westword.
Laura Frank is the executive director of COLab, the Colorado News Collaborative, the nonprofit collective of journalists from more than 100 news outlets across Colorado. Laura pioneered collaborative journalism in Colorado as the founder of I-News, the nonprofit investigative news organization that merged with Rocky Mountain Public Media in 2013, the first such merger in the nation. Laura is a Denver native who spent 20 years reporting for newspapers, radio and public television around the country, specializing in investigative reporting and data analysis.
David Migoya is a senior investigative reporter with The Gazette (Denver and Colorado Springs) after 22 years at The Denver Post. He is in his 40th year as a journalist, nearly all of it with daily newspapers. In addition to Denver, he’s worked at publications in Detroit, New York City, and St. Louis, and has also been a magazine editor, a photographer and weekly newspaper editor. He has been a DPC member since 2000 and maintains a seat at its longest-running poker game.
Marianne Goodland has been a reporter since 1998, covering the Colorado General Assembly, state agencies, public policy and elections. She's worked for the Silver & Gold Record (1998-2009); The Colorado Statesman (2010 to 2011 and 2013 to 2015); the Colorado Independent (2015 to 2017); ran a legislative reporting service for as many as seven newspapers in northeastern Colorado (since 2010); and since 2017 has been the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's also dean of the state Capitol press corps.
Noelle Phillips is a reporter for The Denver Post, her fifth newspaper in an almost 30-year career. During that time she's covered everything from the politics in the rural South to combat in the Middle East. Noelle was born and raised in Nashville, Tenn., (that's the accent you hear), and she earned a journalism degree from Western Kentucky University where she learned how to do scrappy reporting with the best of the best.
Tori Mason joined CBS Denver in 2017 after award-winning tenures at WAFB in Baton Rouge and WIBW in Topeka, where her feature reporting was recognized with a first-place win at the 2017 SPJ Kansas Press Club Awards. In Denver, her reporting on the apprehension of the Thornton Walmart shooter earned her a Breaking News Emmy in 2018. In 2020, Mason’s reporting on the prejudicial locking of multicultural hair products in Walmart led the store to change its policy in all 4,700 stores. She's a Florida native and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. If you see her, yell “GEAUX TIGERS.“
Denver's Evan Semón is a versatile contract photographer with a 20-year editorial career. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, TIME, Vanity Fair, 303 Magazine, 5280, The DENVER POST, Denver Westword and is distributed worldwide by Reuters. Evan was a proud member of the 3-times Pulitzer Prize winning photography staff at Rocky Mountain News and he has photographed every living President of the United States. Semón opened Evan Semón Photography, a brick and mortar photo studio and gallery in 2015 and is located in North Cherry Creek. His small business expands his clients past editorial and includes commercial, real estate, and traditional Family, infant, and Wedding photography. His most recent board experience was in the role of community engagement/government affairs for the Historic Elitch Theatre.
Luige del Puerto
Luige del Puerto, an award-winning journalist, joined Colorado Politics as managing editor in November 2021. He previously served as publisher and editor of Arizona News Service, a Phoenix-based media company that covers public policy and politics in the desert state. In this role, he oversaw newsroom operations and manages the company’s business units of Arizona News Service. A native of the Philippines, Del Puerto cut his journalistic teeth covering crime in the streets of Metro Manila. At the Philippine Daily Inquirer, he pursued stories about labor, elections and national security, covering coup d’état attempts in his home country. He and his wife moved to the United States in 2006. He has won numerous local and national awards in the U.S. for his reporting. Del Puerto graduated magna cum laude from the school of journalism at the University of Philippines.
Executive Director. A highly respected community and non-profit leader, Alby Segall is a past president of the Emily Griffith Foundation, the Vail Symposium, and the former CEO of the Children's Museum of Denver - among other leadership posts in Colorado and across the country. He oversees the Denver Press Club's central mission, in addition to all fundraising, programming, and community engagement initiatives.
Club Manager. Cass attended MSU Denver, and edited for the Metropolitan, the school's paper. She worked at features editor and was promoted to web editor. She has been published in the Aurora Sentinel and still works as a freelance journalist. Cass has worked for the club since 2017 as an administrator for membership, and later became the bar manager and now has become club manager
Bar Manager. Jim is a student at MSU Denver, and wrote and edited at The Metropolitan, the school's student newspaper. He is studying philosophy and picked up journalism as a minor after falling in love with the Metropolitan's newsroom.