Nicole Cobler – President

Nicole Cobler is a journalism senior at the University of Texas and the president of the school’s SPJ chapter. She is currently a reporting fellow for The Texas Tribune, where she worked as an investigative reporting fellow for the publication last spring. Nicole has also interned with News21, the Austin American-Statesman and the San Antonio Express-News. She hopes to spend her last year at UT recruiting new members to SPJ and hosting panels that feature great journalists to inspire future reporters.

Madlin Mekelburg – Vice President


Madlin Mekelburg is a senior at UT, where she studies journalism and French, and vice president of the SPJ Austin Student Chapter. She is an intern at the Austin American-Statesman where she covers stories about the Texas Legislature. She previously worked at the Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle after spending several semesters as a reporter for The Daily Texan. Madlin likes french fries, cross stitching and pretending to do yoga.

Jessica Taylor – Secretary


Jessica Taylor is a third year Journalism student and the Secretary for SPJ. She has been with SPJ since 2014. She is currently pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism, and is also involved with the student-run television station, TSTV. She has also interned at Irving Community Television Network (ICTN). She hopes to get more broadcast students involved with SPJ and eventually be a political correspondent for CNN.

Sung Jai Lee – Event Coordinator

Sung Jai Lee is a sophomore journalism student at UT. She was born in Seoul, Korea, but raised in Dallas, Texas. Sung Jai is an active member of Texas InterVarsity, National Association of Black Journalists and German Club. She hopes to become a journalist at a newspaper or magazine publication when she graduates. Some of her favorite pastimes include photography, reading literary works of varying genres, watching shows such as The Office and Parks & Recreation and interacting with people of different social and ethnic backgrounds.

Elly Dearman – Treasurer


Elly Dearman is a journalism senior at The University of Texas at Austin and SPJ treasurer. She is currently an investigative fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she was previously a newsletters fellow. Elly has also interned for the San Antonio Express-News in its Austin bureau covering Texas politics, contributed to PolitiFact Texas and worked for three years at The Daily Texan.

Delisa Shannon – Social Media


Delisa Shannon is a senior journalism major from Cypress, Texas. She is a huge proponent of citizen journalism, which is why social media intrigues her. She has then spent her collegiate career focusing on social media; specifically social media strategies and the power within the up-and-coming platform. If you ever need to reach her in the event of an emergency, tweeting her will yield the quickest response!


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