Bleyer is treasurer and past president of his chapter. He has served on their board for 30 years, making him their longest serving board member. He is also co-chairman of the 2012 Region 1 spring conference. He served on the national SPJ board as a regional director and has chaired the Membership and Resolutions committees.
Bleyer has been a staff writer at Newsday since 1981. He was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for spot news coverage of the 1997 crash of TWA Flight 800. He also has taught as an adjunct professor of communications at Hofstra University.
Region 1 Director Luther Turmelle recommended Bleyer for the honor.
“It’s hard to overstate the difference that a good, reliable board member and treasurer with continuity can mean to a chapter’s health and vitality,” SPJ President John Ensslin said. “Having served with Bill on the Membership Committee, I also know first-hand how valuable his consistently good advice can be.”
For all these reasons, SPJ is proud to honor Bill Bleyer as our volunteer of the month.
Do you know of someone deserving of this honor? If so, please email your nominations to John Ensslin at firstname.lastname@example.org.