Denver Press Club Board of Directors
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.
Megan Jurgemeyer, secretary of the Denver Press Club, is the News Director at 9NEWS in Denver. After working in management in the construction supply industry for several years, Megan decided to explore her love for writing and journalism. She earned her Masters of Mass Communication from Arizona State University in 2008 before taking her first job in news as an anchor and reporter at KREX in Grand Junction, Colorado. In 2010, Megan took a job at KMGH in Denver, where she worked in a variety of assignment desk and producer roles. She accepted a position as senior weekend producer at KUSA in 2013 and became Managing Editor in late 2015. Megan was named News Director at KUSA in 2019.
Larry Ryckman, treasurer of the Denver Press Club, is the editor and co-founder of The Colorado Sun. Previously he was senior editor at The Denver Post, managing editor at The Gazette in Colorado Springs and city editor at the Greeley Tribune. Ryckman spent 22 years at The Associated Press, where he was assistant managing editor, a national editor and supervisor of the AP’s national desk in New York. He spent nearly four years as a Moscow correspondent for AP and helped cover the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of a new Russia. He also supervised AP’s coverage of the Columbine High School massacre and directed AP’s coverage of the presidential election recount in Florida in 2000.
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.
Jim Hill is a digital media consultant and the former digital editor of Colorado Public Radio. The first two phases of his career involved several years of on-air work in radio across several formats (news talk, sports and music) and a five-year detour as a logistics manager in concert touring and production.
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.“
Investigative reporter David Migoya has been at The Denver Post since 1999 and is in his 39th 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’s been a finalist for the Loeb Award for business reporting, a Pulitzer finalist with his colleagues at The Post for breaking news, and his investigation into Colorado’s secretive court system – Shrouded Justice – was this year recognized by the Colorado Pro Chapter of SPJ with its First Amendment Award.
J. Skyler McKinley
A DPC board member since 2018, Skyler McKinley leads the regional public affairs division for AAA - The Auto Club Group — where, as spokesman, he represents the more than 720,000 members of Colorado's largest and most trusted not-for-profit organization. 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. He graduated summa cum laude with degrees in journalism and legal philosophy from The American University in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
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.
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.