Rudolfo Anaya: ¡Presente! A Tribute to New Mexico’s Literary Padrino

A panel of scholars and writers discuss the literary life and legacy of Rudolfo Anaya and his works. This online event is presented by the Santa Fe New Mexican and will be shown live on Tuesday, at 1:00 pm MDT and made available also on Facebook.

Educators are encouraged to share this presentation with students and can contact to receive an archive file of this event.

The panel will be moderated by Patricia Trujillo Director, Northern New Mexico College Office of Equity & Diversity and include:

  • Levi Romero New Mexico Poet Laureate
  • Belinda Henry: Anaya Scholar and niece
  • Norma E. Cantú: Scholar and author
  • Author Denise Chavez

Made possible by the support of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, National Hispanic Cultural Center and Northern New Mexico College.

You can register at Eventbrite.

Zoom Conversation: La Jornada Sculpture

New Mexico Press Women will host a Zoom Conversation, exclusively for members, on Monday, July 13, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  The topic will center on the controversies surrounding the La Jornada sculpture outside of the Albuquerque Museum. Joining us will be Sherri Brueggemann, who runs the Albuquerque Arts Board, Pamela Weese Powell, who is chair of the Albuquerque Museum Board of Trustees, and Nora Naranjo Morse, the artist responsible for one-half of La Jornada. All three women have fascinating stories that have not been reported in the news to share with our members.

If you are are a member and are interested in attending this meeting, you can request a registration link by emailing

If you are not a member but would like to attend, please consider paying our $15 membership dues before  Monday, 13 July, at 9:00 a.m. After joining NMPW, you can send an email to to request an email to register for the Zoom Conversation by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, 13 July.

Only NMPW members will be admitted into exciting this Zoom Conversation.

Damien Willis Recognized as National Communicator of Achievement Nominee

Photo of Damien Willis in a standing thinker poseDamien Willis of Las Cruces was recognized as a nominee for the 2020 Communicator of Achievement Award from the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). This prestigious award has been given for 63 years. Willis was one of 10 nominees recognized during a virtual celebration held in lieu of events at the organization’s annual conference, which was canceled this year due to the pandemic.

Now in its 83rd year, NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing careers across the spectrum of journalism and communications. 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 from around the country, is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, as well as service to NFPW, the affiliate organization and the community.

Willis, vice president of New Mexico Press Women, has built a career in journalism and communications now exceeding 20 years. His work has included 13 years as a popular local radio-station DJ, public relations officer for the local attorney general’s office and Las Cruces Public Schools, and traditional newspaper journalism. He has written 800 consecutive columns on entertainment for the Las Cruces Sun-News and is now lead reporter and coach for the paper.

Sandy Michel Nance of Wheat Ridge, Colo., a retired journalist and public relations professional, was chosen from among the nominees as NFPW’s 2020 Communicator of Achievement. Nance was one of a handful of early female news bureau staffers with United Press International (UPI), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for reporting at the Casper, Wyo., Star-Tribune, worked in public relations for Mountain Bell and US West, and was a publications editor for the American Water Works Association.

In Memory of George Floyd

New Mexico Press Women condemns the senseless and unjust murder of George Floyd and stands with the journalists who are covering the protests. Journalists report the news every day, even at the risk of their own safety. In the overheated atmosphere of this summer, when journalists rush to the scene of the action, they are becoming targets of groups who don’t want their actions recorded. Journalists and their organizations need all the support we can give, by watching, reading and financially supporting them.

We also support the legions of Americans who record and share information that we would otherwise never know. It was a citizen who video-recorded the death of George Floyd and shared his last words. Democracy thrives when citizens stand up and record something urgent. At this moment in history, sharing history-making video gives renewed meaning to the phrase citizen journalist.

New Mexico Press Women

Online Panel Discussion: COVID-19 and the NM Media Response

How did journalists that usually report on other issues quickly pivot to report on the COVID-19 crisis competently and confidently? What are the stories they would have liked to tell?

Join us on Monday, June 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a NMPW and Las Cruces online video event, “COVID-19 and the NM Media Response,” with a panel discussion moderated by Damien Willis, a lead reporter for the Las Cruces Sun News and the NMPW 2020 Communicator of Achievement.

Panelists include: Sharon Chischilly, photo editor for the Daily Lobo; Algernon D’Ammassa from the Las Cruces Sun-News; Patrick Hayes, general assignment reporter for KOB-TV; Trip Jennings, executive director for New Mexico In Depth; Ryan Lowery from the Las Vegas Optic; and Joy Wang, also from KOB-TV.

Topics include how reporters across the state had to become competent public health reporters during the COVID-19 crisis—and also the stories that panelists believe should have been told but were lost because of the pressing need to keep up with quickly changing updates and important information from health and government officials.

There is no charge for the event, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Email with “COVID panel” in the subject line and include your full name and affiliation (if any).