2020 Conference Early Registration is now open!

The 2020 NMPW Conference will be held March 20-21 at the Canyon Club, the popular site of the 2019 conference.

The 2020 Conference theme is “Finding the Story: From Investigative Journalism to Mystery Writing.” Early registration is now open: Register between now and December 31, 2019, for the DISCOUNTED RATE of $150 and your 2020 DUES will be included at no additional cost.

Go to the Conference Page for more information and to register.

Colorado Press Women Invite NMPW Members to a Fall Conference

Weekend event planned in historic Trinidad

Colorado Press Women will host a weekend getaway Oct. 4-6 at the historical city of Trinidad in southern Colorado. Trinidad, 10 miles from the New Mexico border and on the Santa Fe Trail, was founded in 1862 soon after coal was discovered in the region. Currently, it’s undergoing redevelopment and historical preservation under the name of La Puerta de Colorado (The Gateway to Colorado).

Dana Crawford, known for spearheading the preservation of one of the oldest blocks in Denver and the creation of Larimer Square, has purchased a handful of buildings downtown and is working as a consultant on the redevelopment.

Currently in the planning stages, activities for the weekend may include a visit to the city’s newspaper office, a meeting with a city representative who will explain the town’s growth and its destination for artists, tours of the A.J. Mitchell Museum of Western Art and the Trinidad History Museum, and a trolley or walking tour through the city’s historic district.

On Friday, Oct. 4, attendees may want stop at the site of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre (about 10 miles north of Trinidad on I-25), to learn how John D. Rockefeller’s Colorado Fuel and Iron Company’s guards and the Colorado National Guard machine-gun fired into protesting miners and their families.

Meals will be at area restaurants, including the infamous Italian restaurant Rino’s that features singing waiters. CPW member Lee Anne Peck has relocated to the area and will entertain the group at her home for Sunday brunch. Twenty miles west of Trinidad on Scenic Highway 12, Peck will feed members brunch at her home in Weston, Colorado, before they travel to I-25 via LaVeta and Walsenburg. Fall colors will be in full view.

More details will be announced closer to the event. Email Sharon Almirall at salmirall@yahoo.com by August 20 to indicate interest in attending the CPW weekend. The organizing committee needs rough numbers to research accommodations and reserve tours. Registration costs will be minimal, designed to cover the group meal at Lee Ann’s house, group tours and other minor expenses. All other costs will be direct pay to vendor (hotel, restaurant meals, museum entry, etc.). Spouses and guests are welcome.

Join New Mexico Press Women for a salute to legendary author Tony Hillerman on the 94th anniversary of his birth

Join New Mexico Press Women for a salute to legendary author Tony Hillerman on the 94th anniversary of his birth on Saturday May 25 at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW) at 3 p.m.

Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman, the New York Times bestselling author will be there to discuss her father Tony Hillerman and his work, as well as her own five books, which bring together modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the evocative landscape of the desert Southwest. Her fifth book featuring Navajo police officers Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee and the legendary lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has just been released. Hillerman will talk about The Tale Tellers at the celebration.

James McGrath Morris is an author of biographies and narrative nonfiction. He is currently writing a biography of writer Tony Hillerman.

James McGrath Morris

His latest book is “The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and A Friendship Made and Lost in War.” Morris’s books include the New York Times Bestselling Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press, which was awarded the Benjamin Hooks National Book Prize; Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power—which the Wall Street Journal deemed was one of the five best books on American moguls and Booklist placed on its 2010 list of the ten best biographies; The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism—a Washington Post Best Book of the Year; and, Jailhouse Journalism: The Four Estate Behind Bars.

2019 NMPW Communications Contest Results

Awards for finalists were presented to those who attended the annual conference banquet on April 27. Certificates and Sweepstakes awards will be mailed to those who did not attend the banquet. Click the link to download the list of awards.

Congratulations to all the finalists! The Sweepstakes winners (entrants with the highest total number of points) were as follows:

Individuals:

First Place, Wendel Sloan

Second Place: Diane Joy Schmidt, Claudette Sutton (tie)

Third Place: Sherry Robinson

Honorable Mention: Colleen Keane

Organizations:

First Place, The Eastern New Mexico News

Second Place, New Mexico Political Report

Third Place, New Mexico In Depth

Honorable Mentions: Tumbleweeds, LPD Press