Association of Food Journalists
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Jennifer Palcher-Silliman
Executive Director
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Jennifer Palcher-Silliman

Jennifer Palcher-Silliman lives in Cary, NC. She has a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and worked for 18 years in the not-for-profit industry in various communications roles. She also attended the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta, earning a diploma in culinary skills and an award for outstanding academic performance. She feels that becoming AFJ executive director is a culmination of her key career goals and experiences.

 
Debbie Moose
President
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Debbie Moose

Freelance writer Debbie Moose lives in Raleigh, N.C. A longtime member of AFJ, she is a former food editor for The News & Observer of Raleigh, and she continues to write two columns for the paper. Her work appears in magazines and publications around the country. She is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, and has been a judge in the James Beard Awards and Society of Professional Journalists competition. Moose is the author of five cookbooks, and blogs at her web site, www.debbiemoose.com.

 
Bob Batz Jr.
Vice President
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Bob Batz Jr.Bob Batz Jr. became food editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (www.post-gazette.com/food) in 2007, the same year his son, Jesse, was born. He's proud that he and his colleagues twice have won AFJ’s Best Newspaper Food Coverage award. For most of his newspaper career, which started in Dayton, Ohio, he was a general assignment features writer, with a keen interest in narrative writing. Bob tirelessly covers the region’s craft beer scene because if he didn’t, someone else might offer to do it. 
 
Nancy Stohs
Secretary
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Nancy StohsNancy Stohs has been food editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (formerly The Milwaukee Journal) since 1994. She oversees two weekly sections (Wednesday Food, Sunday Entree) and the dining critic's work in the Friday entertainment section. Her food coverage and individual stories or series have won a number of AFJ awards over the years. She has served AFJ as a regional co-director, secretary and contest committee chair. She's a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (journalism and history). And although she's lived in Badger territory for 33 years, and sent various offspring to the University of Wisconsin, she's still a Cornhusker at heart. Her favorite person to cook for is her granddaughter Evie, who approaches every meal and snack with gusto, as we all should.
 
Patricia West-Barker
Treasurer
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Patricia West-Barker

Patricia West-Barker has spent more than 30 years working with words and images - as a journalist and food and real estate editor for The Santa Fe New Mexican and as the creative director of a communications consulting firm. Now a freelancer, she writes regularly for New Mexico magazine and edits special edition magazines for The New Mexican, all of which feature at least one food story. Pat also founded TheZenchilada.com, an online culinary magazine - now on hiatus - that brings together some of her favorite things: good food and good, in-depth storytelling; personal memoir and cultural exploration; and fine photography and design.

 

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