Albuquerque Press Women to Hear from U.S. Marshall

Sonya Chavez

Sonya Chavez

Sonya Chavez, the U.S. Marshall for New Mexico will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends at their regular meeting on Monday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Mimi’s Restaurant (4316 The 25 Way). Chavez is the first female to serve in the capacity of U.S. Marshall in New Mexico. The U.S. Marshall’s Service is the oldest law enforcement agency in the United States. Among other duties the Marshall’s Service protects judges and hunts violent fugitives.

Chavez spent 22years with the FBI before her appointment as U.S. Marshall. Much of her professional career in the FBI was centered on investigation of the largest and most violent street gangs in the country. She spent several years in Chicago working on complex investigations. In 2006 Chavez returned to New Mexico as leader of the FBI’s violent gang and southwest border initiatives. She also oversaw the Division’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative.

Before joining the FBI Chavez worked as a television news reporter and anchor for CBS and NBC news affiliates, was the director of marketing at the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and press aide for Governor Bruce King.

Albuquerque Press Women and Friends are a group focused on people who work in the field of communications. Meetings of APWF are open to everyone, but non-members will be charged an additional $5 at the door. No reservations are required and attendees order from the menu.

Journalism under Fire: Are We Free Without a Free Press?

New Mexico Press Women is supporting the Santa Fe Council for International Relations in their Journalism under Fire conference scheduled for December 5 – 7.

For detailed information and registration please visit their web page Journalism under Fire, The council is offering a variety of ticket structures.

  • For CIR members ($50/year), the Coffee Only Ticket is $150. Single-day Coffee Only Tickets are $52, and are available until we sell out. There are a limited number of tickets at these prices.
  • for CIR members ($50/year), the three -day Ticket with Meals is $250.
  • for CIR members who are at the $125, $300 and above annual levels, there are even better savings on your Coffee Only Ticket and the EarlyBird Ticket that includes breakfast and lunch. Not one of these members? Join or upgrade your membership here.
  • High School and College Students, and NM  journalists, can now buy 1-day Coffee Only Tickets for $8.

For all tickets, please visit For the latest on our program, please click here.


Why Did They Print That Photograph?

Hal Buell

Hal Buell

Have photographs in the news media ever made you wonder, ‘Why did they print that photograph?’ Since the time of the Civil War news photographs have spurred conversation and often controversy.

Legendary Associated Press Photo Editor Hal Buell will speak on Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in George Pearl Hall in the Architecture and Planning Building (2401 Central Ave NE).

Join Hal Buell for a discussion where you make the call about controversial photos; to publish or not to publish? This talk is free and open to the public.

It is hosted by the New Mexico Humanities Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the UNM Department of Communication, the UNM Law School Art Committee and New Mexico Press Women. The Informed Citizen Initiative and Pulizer Prizes are also partners.

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