NMPW Conference Focus on Writing and Writers

The Lodge at Santa Fe

The Lodge at Santa Fe

It is time to register for the New Mexico Press Women Annual Conference. This year it will focus on writers and writing. Talk with local writers and learn ways to improve your own work.

Located at The Lodge in Santa Fe this year, the convention features a Friday night reception on April 27, 2018 and a full day of panels and activities on Saturday April 28, ending with the annual highly anticipated Communications Awards Banquet.

For a detailed look at the agenda and a chance to register, check out the conference page.

Phil Casaus will speak to Northern NM Press Women

Phil Casaus (photo courtesy APS)

Phil Causaus
(photo courtesy APS)

Phill Casaus, editor of The Santa Fe New Mexican, joins Northern New Mexico Press Women and their guests at Joe’s Dining (Rodeo Plaza) Saturday at 11:30 a.m. He joined the paper last September after a 30-year career in journalism, mostly in New Mexico. Phill will discuss—and answer questions about—his plans for the local daily. Phill has previously worked in sports and on cityside for the ABQ Journal and was editor of the ABQ Tribune, before moving to Denver and the Rocky Mountain News.

Phill a native of ABQ, attended the University of New Mexico and his wife is a native of Santa Fe.

Finally, Phill was executive director of the ABQ Public Schools Education Foundation just prior to being named editor of The New Mexican.

Please email Emily Drabanski: edrabanski@yahoo. com  by Thursday, Feb. 8, to reserve a seat at the luncheon.  Please feel free to invite others to join us at the luncheon, but we need to get the group reservation to the restaurant.  Everyone pays for their lunch with a separate check. PLEASE NOTE: Joe’s charges a 24% gratuity–this pays for use of the meeting space and audio equipment.

Host of Native America Calling to Speak to Albuquerque Press Women

Tara Gatewood

Tara Gategood on Native America Calling

Tara Gategood, host of Native America Calling will speak to Albuquerque Press Women on Monday, February 12 at 12:30 p.m. The meeting is held at the Golden Corral. (5207 San Mateo NE). She will be discussing her call in show on KUNM and the concerns her listeners have and how well they track with information available in the main stream media.

In 2005,Tara joined the Native airwaves with the now 22 year old nationally syndicated call-in radio show Native America Calling. Each weekday she leads thought-provoking conversations with invited guests and callers on issues specific to Native American and Alaska Native communities and the people they connect to.

For more than 20 years she has worked in Indian Country in the arenas of art, music, health and community development. She has morethan 19 years of experience as a journalist. Beyond radio broadcasting, her palette of story sharing also includes working in Washington, D.C., South Dakota, Minnesota, Massachusetts and New Mexico. She reported and photographed for several news organizations and her past works can be found in the Boston Globe, Aberdeen American News, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Transmission Magazine, Albuquerque The Magazine and Native Peoples Magazine.

She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and is a former board of directors member of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. She is the recipient of several NAJA awards for her work in print and broadcast journalism. She was also named one of the National Center for American Enterprise Development (NCAIED) 2015 “Native American 40 Under 40” Award winners. She is also the voice of the Indigenous Foundation music programheard on Santa Fe New Mexico’s KSFR 101.1 FM each Saturday.

Everyone is welcome at Albuquerque Press Women events. Individuals are responsible for their own meals. No reservations are required. Non-members will be charged an additional $5.

A Public Defender Looks at the Bail Bond Issue in Albuquerque

Public Defenders have the very difficult job of representing people accused of crimes who cannot afford independent counsel. On Monday, January 8, Richard Pugh the District Defender for the Second Judicial District in Bernalillo County will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE).

For the last four years Pugh has been the District Defender in Bernalillo County. He will discuss current changes in the court system and the use of bail under the recently passed state constitutional amendment.

Previously Pugh worked in the Roswell office, Albuquerque felony division, and as a public defender contractor. Pugh has tried more than 60 felony cases throughout several judicial districts and is on the Board of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Attorneys and the National Association of Public Defenders Workload Committee.

Everyone is welcome and individuals are responsible for their own meals. Non-members will be charged an additional $5.

Veteran Journalists Look Forward to 2018 NM Legislative Session

Sherry Robinson

Sherry Robinson

Matthew Reichbach

Matthew Reichbach

Sherry Robinson and Matthew Reichbach will share their insights about what the 2018 session of the New Mexico legislature will look like when they speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends on Monday, December 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE).

It’s a 30 day short session and the last opportunity New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez has to shape her legacy. Will she be haunted by the issues she has pushed or the opportunities not taken?  Will the national fervor for tax cuts find a sympathetic hearing in this state? Will the swirling cultural changes over inappropriate behavior of men in the public eye affect this legislative session? Will New Mexicans still feel the unrelenting pressure of not enough money to fully fund government? These two veteran journalists have plenty to say.

Sherry Robinson has been a New Mexico journalist since 1975 when she began writing for the Gallup Independent. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, she still covers the NM Legislature for the Gallup Independent, but has written for a variety of publications in the intervening years. She has authored a number of books including Apache Voices: Their Stories of Survival as told to Eve Ball, I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches and El Malpais, Mt. Taylor and the Zuni Mountains. Robinson is also a long time business writer in Albuquerque and has written about science for the University of New Mexico, editing the university’s research magazine Quantum. Robinson is also a member of APWF and New Mexico Press Women, and has won numerous awards for her writing.

Reichbach is a native New Mexican from Rio Rancho who edits the New Mexico Political Report. In this excerpt from his website, he explains he has covered New Mexico politics since 2006. The founder and former editor of New Mexico Telegram, Matthew was also a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and was one of the original hires at the groundbreaking New Mexico Independent. In his time as a political reporter, Matthew has covered numerous elections, the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. He formerly published “The Morning Word,” a daily political news summary for NM Telegram and the Santa Fe Reporter.

Everyone is welcome at meetings of Albuquerque Press Women and Friends. Individuals are responsible for their own meals, and non-members will be charged an additional five dollars.