Remembering SPJ’s Terry Harper

Society of Professional Journalists President David Aeikins announced that Terry Harper, SPJ’s longtime executive director, died Tuesday after a two-year battle with brain cancer.

In a letter posted on, Aeikens said Harper “deserves a great deal of credit for the strong position SPJ is in as the nation’s largest and leading journalism organization.”

He continued:

Terry was not only a steady, energetic and decisive leader, he was our friend. Terry and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.

For those of you who knew Terry, you won’t be surprised to hear there will be a nontraditional tribute to him on Saturday evening in the Indianapolis area. On Sunday evening, per Terry’s request, there will be a rip-roaring party in his honor. All are welcome to attend. More details will be provided in the coming days.

As news of Terry’s failing health spread the past few days, many of you asked how you could help. We have opened an account on behalf of Terry’s family. This money will be used as the family chooses during this difficult time. We will also later be announcing details for a more lasting tribute to Terry.

For now, we encourage you to post your comments and stories about Terry. He would be thrilled to know he is the center of attention.

Terry’s Facebook group

Terry’s blog

Help Terry’s family

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