Journalism and Photo Choice Presentation

New Mexico Press Women is proud to co-sponsor this presentation with the New Mexico Humanities Council. Pulitzer Prize winner Hal Buell will explain the power of just the right photo. The event is free and open to the public at George Pearl Hall on the UNM campus (opposite the Frontier restaurant) at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Don’t miss it!

Max Evans Event Cancelled

Regrettably, the celebration of Max Evans’ 94th birthday at Bookworks has been cancelled due to illness. Originally scheduled for Sunday, August 26, this was to be the first in a series of “Salute to Legends” sponsored by New Mexico Press Women with support from associated organizations. The next (now, inaugural) event in the series will be a tribute to Tony Hillerman on Saturday, May 25, 2019, the 94th anniversary of his birth. Plan to come and hear comments by Anne Hillerman, Tony’s daughter, and James McGrath Morris, the author of an upcoming biography of Tony.

New Mexico Winners in National Federation of Press Women Communication Contest

Megan Kamerick, photo courtesy NMPBS

Megan Kamerick
photo courtesy NMPBS

Results of the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest have been announced and New Mexicans received 13 first place wins out of a total of 37 awards overall.

Megan Kamerick of KNME and KUNM, the public radio and television stations of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, received three first place awards, as well as an additional third place award in the Radio and Television Division. Her first place wins were in the categories of Prepared Report, Interview and Talk Show. Kamerick is the Morning Edition Host on KUNM radio and is also a television producer on KNME public television.

New Mexicans also won three first place awards in the Book Division. Iris Keltz won first place in the Nonfiction books for adult readers – Biography or Autobiography category for her memoir Unexpected Bride in the Promised Land: Journeys in Palestine and Israel. In 1967, Keltz was a young American Jew hitchhiking her way across Europe. She met and married a Palestinian poet, musician and fellow world traveler just as the Six Day War was breaking out. Keltz’s story is intertwined with that of the history of the Palestinians and Jews and comes full circle when she returns to the Promised Land 50 years later. Unexpected Bride was published by Nighthawk Press LLC.

Ross Van Dusen won first place in the Children’s Books – Nonfiction category for What makes the lightening? Serving as both writer and illustrator, this is Van Dusen’s third book in his science series for elementary-aged children. The book was published by Rio Grande Press.

Sylvia Ramos Cruz, an Albuquerque poet, won first place in the Essay, chapter, or section of a book category for Trilogy: Thoughts on price, value, worth.

Reporters and journalists in New Mexico picked up five first place awards in the Writing category.

A collaborative series published on and edited by Las Crucen Heath Haussamen won the Investigative Reporting category for “Distressed: A look at behavioral health in Southern New Mexico.” The series was funded by a grant from the Foundation for Investigative Journalism and included four news stories and two documentary videos. Las Cruces Sun News reporters Carlos Andres López and Diana Alba Soular and photojournalist Robin Zielinski collaborated with Haussamen on the series, and KRWG’s FM public radio station host Anthony Moreno also contributed reporting.

Two stories published on the NM Political Report website received first place awards: “It runs in the family: Decades apart, father and son lead sanctuary efforts” by Andy Lyman in the Feature Story – Online Publication category and Laura Paskus won in the Speciality articles – Green/Environmental category for “Running Dry: Groundwater levels are dropping across the West, including in the East Mountains” and “Rapidly warming Southwest faces water challenges, choices.”

Another first place win in the Specialty articles category for History was awarded to Diane Layden for “Albuquerque holocaust survivors honored” Parts I and II that were published in the New Mexico Jewish Society newsletter “Legacy.”

Western author Melody Groves took first place in the Personality profile – 500 words or less category for her story “Milton J. Yarberry: Albuquerque’s first town marshal, Jerked to Jesus,” which was published in “True West Magazine.”

Submitted in the Collegiate/Education category under the Writing – News division, Robert Salas, University of New Mexico student, won first place for his article “UNM grads are leaving the state,” published on the New Mexico in Depth website.

In the Advertising category, Videos for Website – Corporate or for-profit division, Marsela Angulo Tucker with Artotems Co, won first place for “Banged-Up Heart” book trailer.








2018 Officers for New Mexico Press Women

The 2018 -2019 Board of New Mexico Press Women has begun planning for the state conference in Albuquerque in April 2019. The new board members met at the Canyon Club to begin mapping out plans for the conference and an interesting variety of other activities for the coming year.

2018-2019 officers for NM Press Women (l or r) Carolyn Carlson, Marcos Torrez, Carol Kreis, Karen Wentworth, Jessica Savage, Ludella Awad, Sherry Robinson, Bud Russo, Damien Willis, Sherri Burr, Loretta Hall, Kathleen Hessler

2018-2019 Officers for NMPW (l to r) Carolyn Carlson, Marcos Torrez, Carol Kreis, Karen Wentworth, Jessica Savage, Ludella Awad, Sherry Robinson, Bud Russo, Damien Willis, Sherri Burr, Loretta Hall, Kathleen Hessler

Special Event this Sunday!

The New Mexico Humanities Council presents a film and panel discussion as part of its Journalism Goes to Hollywood series. See “Almost Famous” at the Kimo Theater beginning at 2:00, followed by a panel discussion with Devon O’Leary, Alisa Valdez, Alex DeVore, and NMPW President Sherri Burr. Admission is free.