Lenton Malry to speak at Albuquerque Press Women and Friends

lenton-malryLenton Malry will speak to the Albuquerque Press Women and Friends on Monday, October 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Claim Jumper Restaurant at 5001 Jefferson NE. Anyone coming down I-25 should take the Jefferson exit.

Malry served as New Mexico’s first African-American state representative from 1968 to 1978 and Bernalillo County’s first African-American Commissioner – serving as commission chairman in 1983-1984 and 1987-1988.  He was also the first African American to earn a PhD in education from the University of New Mexico.

Malry was influential in changing New Mexico from a state where in 1962, covenants were still in place restricting African-Americans from purchasing a home, to a state where diversity is respected and celebrated.

He taught in Albuquerque Public Schools and was Albuquerque’s first African-American principal; he retired from APS in 1987.

Malry has served our community on a number of boards and commissions including, as a past-president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and on the boards of the United Way, the UNM Cancer Center, Heights Psychiatric Hospital and the Albuquerque Air Quality Board.

Malry is a member of APW and Friends, and he will be selling and signing his autobiography at the meeting.

Malry has been married to his wife Joy for 56 years and they have a son Lenton Jr.

At this luncheon, guests order directly from a menu and pay the restaurant. There is no need for advance reservations, but there is a $5 fee for nonmembers of APW&F.

Loretta Hall is 2016 NFPW Communicator of Achievement

Loretta Hall, 2016 Communicator of Achievement

Loretta Hall, 2016 Communicator of Achievement

Loretta Hall president of New Mexico Press Women and member of the Steering ommittee of Albuquerque Press Women, is the 2016 Communicator of Achievement Award recipient from the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). She received the award during the organization’s annual conference, held this year in Wichita, Kansas.

NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum.

The Communicator of Achievement award is the highest honor bestowed by NFPW upon those members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their field. The recipient, chosen from nominees selected by state affiliates, is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, as well as service to NFPW and to the community.

Hall is a prolific freelance writer and author of seven nonfiction books.   She writes for many technical publications in the engineering and construction fields. A former high school mathematics teacher, she enjoys explaining technical subjects to nontechnical people.

She teaches short courses for writers and speaks to diverse audiences about the topics of her architecture and space history books.

Her 2011 book, “Out of This World: New Mexico’s Contribution to Space Travel,” won first place (nonfiction book, general) in the New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Contest.  Her 2014 book, “Space Pioneers in Their Own Words,” was named Best Book in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.  Her latest book, “The Complete Space Buff’s Bucket List,” was released in January 2016.

This spring, she was named one of the top 10 speakers in the National Space Society’s Space Ambassadors program.

Barbara Awalt of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books says, “Loretta is a great example of women in science and math for the younger generation.  It is an example that we need more of in every state.”

Hall is also a member of SouthWest Writers, and the Historical Society of New Mexico’s speakers bureau. Her community service includes speaking about writing as a profession at schools; serving in her church; judging science and engineering fairs; and coaching volleyball and soccer teams.

Hello Friends of Las Cruces Press Women!

The Las Cruces Press Women will be hosting the New Mexico Press Women conference in Las Cruces in April of 2017. Now, we can announce our theme:

Cuentos de la Frontera: 
Opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of telling stories on the border

The 2017 New Mexico Press Women conference and awards banquet will be held April 21-23, 2017 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It will focus on the many ways we tell stories about life on the U.S./Mexico border, including journalism, fiction, non-fiction, photography and film. Journalists, authors, photographers, filmmakers and historians will come together to share knowledge and experiences through presentations, panels and workshops. The event offers attendees a fresh perspective of border life, and the unique opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of telling its people’s stories and accurately portraying its culture. The conference will also include an optional excursion to Juarez, Mexico, to shed light on the fluidity and shared challenges of both sides.


While we are a small but mighty organization, we’d love to hear from a wider audience – people who might say…come to this – what they’d want to see or who they’d want to hear from. This could be you! Do you have suggestions? Let us know!

Or….just keep us in mind for something to do over a weekend next April…or on Saturday, August 20th when we have the Art of the Interview hosted by LCPW at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library from 10 am to noon.


Cassie McClure
President of the Las Cruces Press Women
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New Mexico communicators win national awards

Communicators in New Mexico have won a slew of awards — nine first-place awards, six second-place, six third-place and seven honorable mentions — from the 2016 National Federation of Press Women annual communications contest. The official awards will be given at NFPW’s national conference in Wichita, Kansas Sept. 8-10, 2016.

1st place winners

  • Ross Van Dusen, Children’s books
  • Heath Haussamen, Investigative reporting
  • Megan Kamerick, Talk show (radio or television)
  • Mandi Kane, Personality profile 500 words or fewer
  • Richard Melzer, History nonfiction for adult readers
  • Sharon Niederman, Cookbooks nonfiction for adult readers
  • Peter St. Cyr, News story – print-based newspaper
  • Kelly Urig, General nonfiction for adult readers
  • Catherine Wanek, Book editing

2nd place winners

  • Mary-Charlotte Domandi, Interview for radio or television
  • Kathleen McCleery, Prepared report for television and special programming for television
  • Sherry Robinson, Specialty articles – green/environmental
  • Diane Thomas, Novel for adult readers
  • Ross Van Dusen, Children’s books

3rd place winners

  • Margaret Cheasebro, Specialty articles – business
  • Merilee Dannemann, Personal blog
  • Bob Diven, Graphics
  • Ruth Friesen, Book design
  • Mary Alice Murphy, Photo essay
  • Diana Sandoval-Tapia, Reports

Honorable mentions

  • Nicolás Cabrera, Feature story – online publication
  • Margaret Cheasebro, Specialty articles – history
  • Ariana Kramer, Specialty article – arts and entertainment
  • Tara Lumpkin, Website editing/management
  • Sherry Robinson, Continuing coverage or unfolding news
  • Marsha Scarbrough, Biography or autobiography
  • Peter St. Cyr, Enterprise reporting

New Mexico Press Women would like to congratulate all of the winners listed above for your remarkable achievements, and thank you for representing our state and our organization so well!


Download the news release in case members would like to include it in your publications.


National Federation of Press Women is a dynamic nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum. NFPW is comprised of affiliate organizations across the United States. Learn more at www.nfpw.org.

New Mexico Press Women installs new board of directors

Loretta Hall

Loretta Hall

Loretta Hall is the new president of New Mexico Press Women. She was elected and installed at the recent state conference in Albuquerque. In addition to Hall, the new board is as follows:

President – Loretta Hall

2017 Conference Chair – Cassie McClure

Broadsheet Editor – Sherry Robinson

Communicator of Achievement – Diana Sandoval

High School Contest – Chris Burroughs

Public Relations – Sharon Niederman

Scholarship – Desiree Cooper

Zia Book Award Coordinator – Jessica Savage

Website – Karen Wentworth

There are other state board positions open. Anyone who is a member of New Mexico Press Women and who is interested, can contact Loretta Hall.