Your Board of Directors

President – Paul Wahlstrom

Paul is past president of the Press Club of Dallas Board (2011-12), board member (1998-2000), and a member since mid 1990’s.
Paul, a retired television producer, was previously executive producer, Irving Community Television Network, from 1981-2008 with 150 national awards, and video freelancer in the New York City area from 1975-1981. Paul is a graduate of the University of Denver.

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Hughee Awards

Hugh Aynesworth

Hugh Aynesworth has been a journalist for more than 65 years, a member of the Press Club of Dallas since 1960. He has worked at both The Dallas News and Dallas Times Herald — as well as Newsweek, The Washington Times, United Press International, The Arkansas Gazette and ABC News (20/20).

A winner of more than 80 local, state and national awards (including an Emmy last year for a documentary featuring 27 persons connected with the JFK assassination.) he is a former president of the club and onetime president of the Texas chapter of Sigma Delta Chi.

Keri Mitchell

Keri is is an Advocate editor and reporter, and also an East Dallas resident and parent of a student at Dallas ISD’s Mata Montessori.

Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas is a veteran former journalist who now serves as the Communications Director for Downtown Dallas, Inc. Matt worked as a broadcast journalist in Dallas/Fort Worth for more than a decade.  His career started right out of high school with internships at two radio stations, including WBAP.  He then moved to New York City, where he attended college and spent time interning at some of the biggest radio stations and network news operations in the country.  Matt returned to North Texas, where he continued his broadcast career as an airborne traffic reporter and news anchor at several DFW radio stations.  He later accepted a position as a full-time street reporter and anchor at NewsRadio 740 KTRH in Houston.  There, he covered several high-profile stories, including all the Enron fraud and conspiracy trial, the Andrea Yates murder retrial, and Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.  Matt spent weeks covering the aftermath of Katrina by providing live reports to listeners from New Orleans.

He returned to North Texas more than a decade ago to accept a position at KRLD radio and the Texas State Radio Network.  Matt’s street reporting, anchoring, and leadership skills in his more than a decade at the station resulted in numerous Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism.  Most recently, he was named “Best Reporter” by the Texas AP Broadcasters and he received the prestigious Charles E. Green award by the Headliners Foundation of Texas for his on-scene coverage of the deadly attack on police officers in Dallas in July 2016.

Matt grew up in the Denton area, and outside work is passionate about golf, the Texas Rangers, and animal rescue operations in North Texas.  For the past several years, he has helped emcee the annual “Basset Shuffle” event benefitting North Texas Basset Hound Rescue.  In addition to two rescue dogs, Matt has a wife and toddler who are the joys of his life.

Bill Young

Bill is Vice President of Television Programming for KERA 13.  He is responsible for selecting and developing programming.

Young has been named Programmer of the Year by the Public Television Programmer’s Association in 1994 and 2000.