About the NMPW Conference
NMPW hosts a state conference every year in the spring. The conference is a perfect opportunity to network with media professionals across the state. Numerous workshops are held and the organization announces the winners of the Zia Book Award, Communications Contest, Communicator of Achievement, and scholarships.

The 2024 NMPW Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16 at Isleta Resort. The conference theme is “Profiles in Courageous Communicators: Celebrating 75 Years of New Mexico Press Women.” Program details are listed below. Registration is now open (scroll down for the registration link).

Sponsorship opportunities are now available! Scroll down for details.

Friday, March 15, 2024

12:00 – 1:30 – Board Meeting Luncheon (Isleta Resort Boardroom)

2:00 – 3:00 – Dr. Regina Griego will interview Author Denise Chavez

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. –Panel
Courageous Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction Writing with Lynne Hinton (moderator), Sherri Burr, Margaret Cheasebro, and Leonie Rosenstiel (panelists)

5:00 – 6:30 P.M. Reception
Celebrating NMPW by looking back to the NFPW Annual Conference in New Mexico with Denise Tessier and Melanie Majors and NMPW COAs (Sherri Burr, moderator)

Saturday, March 16, 2024

8:00 – 8:45 – Annual Meeting

9:00 – 9-50 a.m. The Creative Contributions of Anne and Tony Hillerman
Loretta Hall (moderator), James McGrath Morris and Anne Hillerman (Panelists)

10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Sherri Burr will interview Hampton Sides

11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Covering and Supporting Journalists and Communicators through their work: Rose Marie Kern, Lorene Mills, David Steinberg, Sherry Robinson (panelists) (Linda Lockett to moderate)

12:00 -1:15 –Zia Award and Scholarship Lunch (Jen Hull and Brandon Larrañaga)

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Photo Journalism Workshop with Eric Draper, White House Photographer for President George W. Bush

5:30 – 8:30 Communications Banquet
Courageous Communicator Award to George RR Martin (banquet speaker)
Presentation of Communications Contest Awards (Carolyn Carlson)
Presentation of Communicator of Achievement (Adam Biederwolf)
Presentation of Courageous NMPW Leadership Award (Loretta Hall)
Installation of New Officers (Sherri Burr)

Registration Information:

Full registration* for NMPW members: $200
Full registration* for nonmembers: $225
Friday full day only: $100
Saturday full day only*: $160
Saturday lunch** only (NMPW member rate): $50
Saturday lunch** only (Nonmember rate): $55
Saturday banquet*** only (NMPW member rate): $85
Saturday banquet*** only: (Nonmember rate): $95
Banquet table for 10: $1,000
Banquet half-table for 5: $500

*Full registration includes all conference sessions including meals
**Zia Book Awards and Scholarships will be awarded at the lunch.
***Communications Contest results and the 2024 Communicator of Achievement will be announced at the banquet.

Register online at You can pay your 2024 dues at the same time and take advantage of the member rate! If you prefer to pay by check, please send it, payable to NMPW, to Treasurer Loretta Hall, 3219 El Toboso Dr NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104. Please include your email address and/or telephone number.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Help NMPW conduct an outstanding conference celebrating our 75th anniversary! All sponsors will be acknowledged in the conference program.
We offer the following categories and benefits:
Diamond Jubilee: a gift of $5000 or more (opportunity to have literature and other items available and a banquet table with ten seats)
Gold: a gift of $2500 (opportunity to have literature and swag available and four tickets to the banquet)
Silver: a gift of $1000 (opportunity to have literature and swag available for attendees and two tickets to the banquet)
Bronze: a gift of $500 (two tickets to the reception)
Secure your Conference Sponsorship at

Conference attendees can reserve a room at the Isleta Resort Hotel for the discounted rate of $149 per night by calling 877-475-3827 and giving the code NMP0324.

About the NFPW Conference
The National Federation of Press Women conference is hosted yearly by a different state press women organization. It is another great opportunity for professional development and networking. The 2024 NFPW conference is on June 20-22, in St Louis, Missouri. For more information visit the NFPW conference web page.