Tennessee’s Paula Casey passionate about protecting and promoting the rights of women

Posted December 12, 2014 by tlehre
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Paula Casey is passionate about the rights of women. She has dedicated her time and efforts to a cause she believes in. She has made a difference.  She loves her home state of Tennessee and loves to share her hometown and passions with others. In 2013 she arranged for an NFPW  board meeting where she showed us the city she loves and some of the equal rights issues she still passionately supports. She is a wonderful and caring woman. I am honored to be able to call her a friend.

Name:  Paula F. Casey

Paula Casey, left, with Lilly Ledbetter who won the Supreme Court case on wage discrimination.

Paula Casey, left, with Lilly Ledbetter who won the Supreme Court case on wage discrimination.

City and State: Memphis, TN

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Tennessee affiliate president

Years a member of NFPW: Since 1977 (37 years)

Tell us a little about you.

  • Former newspaper journalist who helped publish The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage, produced a DVD on woman suffrage, speak on voting rights, and am a freelance writer and editor.
  • Graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a B.S. degree in Communications (journalism and speech).
  • Enjoy speaking around the country on the 72-year nonviolent struggle for American women to win the right to vote. I’m especially proud of Tennessee’s pivotal role as the last state that could possibly ratify. Next year is the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, so I’m working hard to make sure people know about the book, e-books, audiobook and DVD.
  • Also working to get public art honoring the Tennessee suffragists placed in Nashville near the state capitol as well as in Jackson and Memphis, TN. Our website is http://www.tnsuffragemonument.org for Nashville.
  • Was a contributing author for the Tennessee AAUW book, Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage, and wrote the chapter on Tennessee’s Superb Suffragists.
  • Helped edit the National Women’s History Museum’s (NWHM) online exhibit, “Women with a Deadline: Female Printers, Publishers and Journalists from the Colonial Period to World War I” honoring women’s contributions to the printed word. Meg Hunt asked me to help and it was a great experience.

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    Paula helped publish “The Perfect 36:Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage.

Any career advice you would give?

Join professional associations, network and learn from people who have been active in your profession.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to have the ability to organize spaces – like my office. One of my childhood friends is a marvelous organizer. She can look at something and make it beautiful just by re-arranging or removing items.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I love Tennessee and where I live overlooking the Mississippi River in Memphis. I grew up in Nashville and enjoy it, too. I’d like to have a getaway place in Washington, DC.

What book are you reading?

Have read some great books that I want to plug: Paperboy by Vince Vawter (who worked with my late husband, Richard Worden, at the Memphis Press-Scimitar), In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White, Abundance: The Future is Better Thank You Think by Dr. Peter Diamandis. Am just starting Death by Roses by Vivian R. Probst (who is from Wisconsin and a fascinating woman) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s book, A Fighting Chance.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

My guilty pleasure is watching “Dharma and Greg,” “The Nanny,” “Designing Women,” or “Grace Under Fire” because the writing is so good and I laugh a lot while watching them! When I cracked my left shoulder in 2012, I did my physical therapy watching these shows!

Supporting the rights of women.

Supporting the rights of women.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I joined NFPW in 1977 because it was the only journalistic organization that would support the Equal Rights Amendment. I wanted to belong to a national group that supported women in the profession. Sigma Delta Chi (later Society for Professional Journalists) wasn’t interested in supporting ERA back in the late ‘70s. I have met great people through NFPW. I’ve also been able to see the country by going to our conferences.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

Website: http://www.paulacasey.com and www.theperfect36.com,

Twitter: pfcasey1953,

Facebook: I’m on it, but don’t look at it much except to wish friends happy birthday.

New Mexico leader Cheryl Fallstead shows dedication to NFPW, enthusiasm for profession

Posted December 2, 2014 by tlehre
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Cheryl Fallstead is a leader in both the New Mexico affiliate and NFPW. She is a real go-getter who sets a plan and uses hard work and determination to meet her goals. She is dependable, enthusiastic and shares her passion of “loving what you do” with all she meets. She is a past New Mexico Communicator of Achievement. She is a unique and unbelievable NFPW member. Meet my friend Cheryl Fallstead.

Name: Cheryl Fallstead

Cheryl Fallstead

Cheryl Fallstead and her two little dogs.

City and State: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Affiliate and any leadership positions:

President of Las Cruces Press Women, President of New Mexico Press Women, and membership co-director for NFPW.

Years a member of NFPW:

Good question! My first conference was 2009 in San Antonio. I believe I became a member of NFPW that year.

Tell us a little about you.

While I always knew I wanted to be a writer, I wasn’t sure how it would all work out. I was also interested in teaching. I got my bachelors in journalism back in 1985 and hoped to become a full-time freelance writer. Within the next decade, I was teaching full-time and became a principal instead. I imagined freelancing during the summer breaks, but that never happened.

Eight years ago, my husband and I moved from California to New Mexico. At the time, I said that I wanted to get back to freelance writing, teach part-time for the community college, and do some volunteer work. It turns out that is exactly what I am doing! I edit a monthly for seniors, write for a variety of magazines, and do some PR work for local music groups. I also co-hosted a weekly radio show with fellow NFPW member Bud Russo, and then for two years we wrote, voiced and produced a daily two-minute segment for public radio stations called “New Mexico Mile Markers.” I teach graphic design, Photoshop, photography and computer illustrator for the community college and volunteer with press women at the local, state and national levels. All according to plan.

For fun, artistic release, and personal growth, I am learning to paint in both watercolor and acrylics. I also enjoy hiking and being outdoors with my husband and two LWDs (little white dogs) and exploring New Mexico.

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Cheryl Fallstead, right, with her father Roger McCandless and Heidi Swedberg, center. Swedberg played the unlucky Susan (George’s fiancé) on “Seinfeld” and is now a ukulele performer and instructor.

Any career advice you would give?

Find something you love doing and become very good at it. I spent too much time doing jobs I didn’t enjoy because they paid well. Now I say, “Do what you love. Love what you do.”

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I could sing very well! I have great admiration for those people with beautiful voices.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I do love New Mexico, but part of me thinks I would love living someplace like Hawaii. I miss the ocean.

What book are you reading?

We’ve been moving, so I haven’t had a lot of time to read, but I recently started a book written by the mother of a fellow NMPW/NFPW member, Leora Zeitlin. Her mother is Marianne Langner Zeitlin and the book is “Motherless Child.”

What would people be surprised to learn about you? 

Despite always believing I had no musical talent, I started learning to play the ukulele with my dad and a friend. We co-founded the Las Cruces Ukes, a community group of ukulele enthusiasts and recently performed at the lovely Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces and received a standing ovation. That was fun! I also performed on stage at a ukulele conference with all the headliner talent (not because I’m so good, but because I won a drawing).

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

As a freelancer, I don’t often have the opportunity to spend time with other writers – except through press women. Membership and active participation in the organization have introduced me to fellow professional communicators around the country. My fellow members have been supportive and instructional. For example, two members helped Bud and I when we needed to learn how to produce the sound for our radio shows. We couldn’t have done it without their help!

Way to follow you:

My work Facebook is Desert Moon Communications (a page that needs more of my attention). I’m on Twitter at @CherylFallstead (which also needs more of my time).

North Dakota professional communicator Jeanine Larson excels in many communications venues

Posted November 25, 2014 by tlehre
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She was the 2014 North Dakota Professional Communicators Communicator of Achievement and represented her state well at the national conference. Jeanine Larson is a hard worker who is constantly looking for ways to improve and excel in everything she does. She has a diverse skill set in communications. She started as a TV anchor and reporter where she received the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Award. Today she is winning awards for her work for Bell State Bank and Trust. Meet this exceptional communicator and unique and unbelievable NFPW member, Jeanine Larson.

Name: Jeanine (Noce) Larson

Jeanine Larson

Jeanine Larson

City and State: Fargo, ND

Affiliate and any leadership positions:

NFPW, member since 2008

  • Education fund board member (2011 – present)
  • Won many national awards
  • Attended several conferences

North Dakota Professional Communicators (NDPC), member since 2008

  • Second vice president of the NDPC communications contest (2012 – present)
  • Southeast District Director and Fargo Moorhead Professional Communicators president. As SE district director I organized and hosted state conference. As FMPC president, I organized speakers and facilitated the FMPC meetings. (2010-2012)
  • College Contest Chair (2009–2011)

Years a member of NFPW: 9 years, I joined in 2008.

Tell us a little about you.

Communicating is what I was born to do. By the time I was a freshman at Bethel Park High School in Pennsylvania, where I was born and raised, I was anchoring the high school morning news to a student body audience of nearly 2,000. I continued to grow as a communicator while attending college at Penn State University in University Park, Pa. While taking classes for my dual major of broadcast journalism and communication arts & sciences, I was named Arts and Entertainment editor for the college newspaper, The Behrend Beacon. I jumped at the chance to study abroad at Manchester University in Manchester, England my junior year at Penn State. I was fortunate enough to obtain internships in London at the Associated Press Television Network (APTN) and at Channel M Television, which produced a nightly broadcast similar to America’s “Entertainment Tonight.” Studying overseas was one of the best decisions I have made, both personally and professionally.

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Jeanine Larson anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast for the Fargo FOX-TV affiliate, KVRR.

Upon graduating, I sent out anchor and reporter resume tapes across the country, and was offered a position at the ABC-TV affiliate in Fargo, N.D. I moved to Fargo with the thought of living here for a few years and moving to a larger market. Then, I met the man who would become my husband. Television news provided me the building blocks to being a professional communicator, but I discovered a desire to engineer a longer-range future in the field. That led me to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, which was expanding its communications efforts. I accepted a newly created marketing and communications position that allowed me to use my diverse skill set—writing, editing, creating podcasts and video blogging—to communicate with an entirely new audience. In 2009 I joined Bell State Bank & Trust, where I manage all online and social media content. Our company has been named to the Independent Community Bankers Association national list for Top 50 Community Banks each year since the list was developed. I have been asked to present the bank’s social media strategy by The Exchange for Financial Institutions, (http://www.theexchange4fis.com/contributor/jeanine-larson/) as well as by the Independent Community Bankers of America

http://www.icba.org/lead14/content.cfm?ItemNumber=181584. I thoroughly enjoy developing these presentations, as well as being the person to deliver them.

When I’m not busy communicating at work, you can find this Italian at home with my husband of six years, enjoying time with my 4-year-old daughter, Addison, and my 1-year-old son, Peyton. My family is in the minority when we wear our Pittsburgh Steelers gear in a town full of Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers football fans. (I’ve even converted my North Dakota native husband into rooting for my home team!) I am also an advocate for the American Diabetes Association. My brother has type-1 diabetes. I serve as marketing and communications chair on the ADA Community Leadership Board.

Any career advice you would give?

Be authentic. I believe wholeheartedly that you can be successful when you do things for the right reason and remember to serve others, both at work and at home.

So what does being authentic mean? Well, the dictionary describes it as being genuine and original. It also means being true and trustworthy. Bottom line, anyway you look at it comes across in a positive light.

We cannot all be the same, or some of us aren’t needed. We need extroverts to enliven life and moments and stimulate the energy so it doesn’t go stale. We need introverts to keep things real, to provide the bigger picture, and to calm things down. Life is like a musical composition: We need the notes (extroverts) and the rests between the notes (introverts). If a composition is all rests, there’s no music. If it’s all notes with no rests, there’s no pause to breathe, and performers and listeners alike will pass out or gasp for air. Both are authentic. Both are needed.

I think it’s more important that you feel authentic than “appear” authentic to others so that you then perceive yourself as authentic. Authenticity comes from within, never from outside of you. Who are you comfortable being in your everyday life? Who are you—what is your true character or nature—when you face challenges? It’s OK to be who you are and it’s OK to discover who that is as life presents changes to and for you. It’s OK to share as much of your authentic self with others as you feel comfortable with; but be sure to share it with yourself. Know thyself. Love thyself. It’s a good practice, one you’ll appreciate.

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Jeanine Larson presenting on the social media panel at the Independent Community Bankers of America conference.

Which talent would you most like to have?

To know how to cook! My husband is the chef at our house, and he does a fantastic job. When I suggest a dish, he searches for a recipe, prepares it, and it always comes out tasting delicious. It seems as though when I attempt recipes, they aren’t always successful.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I hope to someday live by the ocean. I know that may sound humorous to those reading that I live in Fargo, North Dakota – which is only four hours away from the geographic center of North America! We are land-locked here, but thankfully I am still able to order fresh fish at restaurants. There is nothing quite like the smell of the sea and feeling the ocean breeze, and that is why I hope is to move by an ocean one day.

What book are you reading?

I am reading Against the Grain by Bill Courtney. I recently attended a conference where he spoke, and I could have listened to Courtney speak about his philosophy for success for hours. In his book, he shares his convictions on the fundamental tenets of character, commitment, service, leadership and civility. Courtney’s comments about not being a “turkey person” are words to live by. Some people only help others to make themselves feel good, and can be seen as a “turkey person” (For those who don’t know what this means, to Courtney a “turkey person” is someone who donates turkeys to people in need around Thanksgiving, not because they care, because it makes them feel better about themselves). Courtney’s comments are real-life, insightful and illustrate what it takes to be a leader.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I participated in plays and musicals in high school and college. I learned so much from being a part of these teams. When preparing for a performance, I was driven to learn my lines, because I knew that if I forgot something, or made a mistake, that it would not only affect my performance, but also it could affect the entire cast. The cast members came from various backgrounds, and we had to find a way to work together for our end goal, an enthusiastic performance. I was humbled to be cast in a leading role in many of these productions, and I did not take this leadership role for granted. I strove to do the best I could and encouraged everyone involved in the production, no matter how small or large of a role they played, to do their best. If I was only concerned about myself, but didn’t take the time to help others, we all would fail.

The semesters in college where I had my plate full with classes, writing and editing for the Penn State newspaper and rehearsing lines for plays and musicals are the semesters where I obtained straight A’s.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

The North Dakota Professional Communicators affiliate is extremely connected, active and engaged. I feel privileged to be a part of such a successful group of communicators. Our monthly professional development meetings have recently been standing-room only, so we’ve recently moved to a larger facility. What a good problem to have! Also, communications experts and media coaches are wait-listed to be in the line-up of guest speakers. I’ve been working diligently to spread the word to other professionals in our area about NDPC, and I will continue to do so.

The National Federation of Press Women organization is a way to receive feedback on my professional work, as well as a great way to learn from others across the country in the communications and marketing field. Each year I look forward to entering my work into the communications contest, as a way to receive constructive feedback. I also serve on the NFPW Education Fund Board.  This role allows me to meet the students we award scholarships to and hear their dreams and aspirations.

Way to follow you:

Twitter: @JeanineMLarson

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jeaninemlarson/

Professional Social Media Sites to Follow:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/gobellbanks

https://www.facebook.com/bellmortgage

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/gobellbanks

https://twitter.com/bellmortgage

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/gobellbanks

Virginia’s Kim Loehr uses communication skills to help promote safety for two organizations

Posted November 16, 2014 by tlehre
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One of the highlights of hosting a weekly blog is getting to know some of the outstanding NFPW members better. I met Kim Loehr at an NFPW conference and was amazed at all her accomplishments and I just knew a portion of the things she has done. She is an outstanding communicator who is active in many worthwhile activities. My friend’s daughter-in-law was struck by lightning several years ago and she has been in a coma ever since. I applaud the efforts Kim is doing in helping raise the awareness of lightning safety. Kim is helping to make a difference in our world. Enjoy getting to know unique and unbelievable Kim Loehr.

Name: Kimberly (Kim) Loehr

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Kim Loehr

City and State: Richmond, VA

Affiliate and any leadership positions:

I’ve served as a conference co-chairperson for Virginia Professional Communicators (formerly Virginia Press Women).

Industry and community leadership positions:

Past president/current board member, United Lightning Protection Association (ULPA), Board member/registered continuing education course provider, Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA), Three term board director for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central Virginia, Two term board director for the Richmond Catholic Diocese Advisory School Board, Alumnae class correspondent, Saint Gertrude High School.

Years a member of NFPW:

I think it’s been about ten years.

Tell us a little about you.

I’m married to the love of my life, Bobby Jones, who played professional hockey as a goalie for the Richmond Renegades many years ago and is now a partner at Westover Bon Air Insurance. Together we have five sons, (mine: ages 19, 21 and 28) and his (20 and 23). I’m a Richmond native, born and raised and still live and work in my hometown of Bon Air. I have a B.A. in Journalism from Radford University and would love to head back to school for a masters degree some day when I’ve finished educating the boys.

I’m working two full-time positions: vice president at Loehr Lightning Protection Co. Inc. in Richmond, and as communications director for the not-for-profit Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) based in Maryville, MO. My industry work includes serving as a partnership member on the NOAA/National Weather Service Lightning Safety Awareness Team. I’m responsible for PR efforts and events in connection with “National Lightning Safety Awareness Week” which NOAA sponsors annually each June. Before the campaign began in 2001, lightning was responsible for more deaths than hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes combined. Meeting lightning victims who have survived horrific injuries has really changed my outlook about the industry and influenced the focus of my work. I’m pleased to say that our LSA Week campaign has been instrumental in reducing deaths, injuries and even property damage across the country. It’s work that I’m very passionate about. (Lightning deaths in the U.S. were at an all-time record low of 23 in 2013.) I was honored to receive a Certificate of Appreciation by NOAA in August of 2009 for “Personal dedication and outstanding contributions to the National Weather Services’ Lightning Safety Awareness efforts.

My love for journalism began at St. Gertrude High School, where I served as a youth correspondent for the “Young Virginians” section of The Richmond News Leader. As a teen correspondent, I enjoyed an introduction to interviewing, reporting and deadlines. (And yes, we typed on electric typewriters with carbon paper back then.) The community news assignments provided a sneak peek into an exciting world where I could meet fascinating people and learn about new happenings in the city. Oftentimes I felt like Nancy Drew (my childhood heroine) heading out to solve a mystery; especially the time I worked “undercover” on a story about modeling scams in Richmond. The youth correspondent experience helped pave the way for other freelance jobs I took over the years, including writing and designing the Pulse newsletter for the Virginia Department of Health and writing for my community newspaper, The Chesterfield Observer.

Kim Loehr during an interview for the Today Show.

Kim Loehr during an interview for the Today Show.

While I enjoyed reporting, I discovered that I LOVED public relations and marketing. My first high profile job in PR was as marketing communications specialist for small appliance giant Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex. While at HB/PS I wore many hats, serving as a copywriter, PR manager, trade show coordinator and marketing representative. I wrote just about everything imaginable, including: press releases, box and catalog copy, corporate statements and speeches, magazine ads and even “Use and Care” manuals for the appliances. When family obligations forced me to leave my full-time position, the company kept me on as a freelance copywriter and then offered me a spot as the on-air company spokesperson for home shopping networks, QVC and Value Vision. The gal HB/PS had hired was smart and lovely, but she didn’t know how to use the appliances and didn’t know a thing about cooking — you just can’t fake that stuff in an eight minute live TV spot  As a copywriter, I typically took the appliances home so I could work with them, learn the feature/benefits, do a little recipe development for the PR angle and also manage to feed hungry kids. So, when HB/PS was in a panic for a new on-air spokesperson, I was waiting in the wings–apron on and ready to go. It was an awesome experience and my kids got a kick out of seeing me cook on TV.

Any career advice you would give?

I’m probably the worst person to give advice, but I do have a great work ethic, so I can see that quality has really paid off in my career. My advice to young people: work and act with a sense of urgency. Write your to-do-list and get it done It sounds so basic, but sometimes it seems as though the sense of urgency to make a decision, finish a project, complete a budget, etc. has become a lost art. I’m a doer so I tend to get impatient when there’s too much debate and not enough action. I also think it’s important to be flexible, open-minded, have a sense of humor, roll with the punches and never burn bridges. I’ve worked in male-dominated industries most of my life, and since I’m surrounded by raucous guys at home, it’s safe to say that I’m not easily shocked or offended.

Kim Loehr being interviewed by a Tampa TV station.

Kim Loehr being interviewed by a Tampa TV station.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I really wish I could sing. I love music and have a great memory for lyrics and songs, but my husband says my singing is “challenged” even though I performed in choirs and Glee Club as a youth. It would be really nice if I had the “tech-savvy” gene that my youngest has, too.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

In my mind’s eye I see myself living in a little cottage on the water in a quiet little river town–or maybe in a cozy log cabin in the mountains. I love nature and the outdoors, and the older I get the stronger the urge to find that quiet little place in the sun.

What book are you reading?

I just finished reading White Oleander by Janet Fitch and found it to be a heartbreakingly honest and gripping tale of raw humanity. The story was told in a believable and compelling voice that really touched me. I picked this paperback up at a yard sale, so it was a definite score. I recently started reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It was a gift oldest son, who no doubt had an ulterior motive. (I have to admit that the book is speaking to me in ways, I hadn’t expected.) I gravitate toward fiction because it’s my favorite escape, but family members keep giving me self-help books as “gifts,” so what does that tell you?

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I think people who don’t know me might be surprised to learn that I love to dance (grew up taking ballet, tap and jazz). My secret wish is that I could become famous just to land a spot on my favorite show, “Dancing with the Stars ” I also love to cook and make my own pasta sauces and salad dressings which are pretty popular with friends and family. In my “former” life, I was a single mother, so I have great respect and appreciation for mothers who go it alone. I’ve walked in their shoes and understand the tough sacrifices we mothers have to lovingly make for our children. Oh, and I think it would surprise some of the gals to know that I have a passion for sports and used to play softball on rec leagues in college and then later in life for a women’s church team.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

The networking opportunities and the friendships are so important to me. I always leave a VPC or NFPW conference feeling energized and pumped up to conquer my next career challenge. Membership has provided the opportunity to meet and connect with a diverse group of smart, energetic, brave, savvy and kind women. I’m in awe of talents and accomplishments of these women and so enjoy reading and hearing their personal stories—some of these women, especially the “trailblazers” are truly amazing. They are such an inspiration and even though our views sometimes differ on topics and politics, I adore my fellow NFPW members and cherish our time together at conferences and events. I loved Marianne’s biography of the NFPW presidents. I read it on the plane ride home from Utah last year and just savored every story. I love reading Teri’s blog, too. Wow, do these women rock.

Ways to follow you:

Website: lightning-risk.org

Facebook: Building Lightning Safe Communities, Loehr Lightning Protection and personal page

Twitter: Kimberly Loehr @lightningkim

Email kiml@lightning.org

Award winning writer and editor Julie Campbell shares passion for history through leadership

Posted November 11, 2014 by tlehre
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She is the NFPW student membership chair and is looking for students to join affiliates and participate in the communications contest. The post is a natural with her experience at Washington and Lee. When I think of Julie Campbell I think of her first book “The Horse in Virginia: An Illustrated History,” and the much deserved honors awards she won for the effort. She is a talented writer and editor and I am honored to be able to call her a friend.

Name: Julie Campbell

City and State: Lexington, Virginia

Julie Campbell

Julie Campbell

Affiliate and any leadership positions:

Virginia Press Women, now called Virginia Professional Communicators. I have served as the affiliate’s president, vice president for membership, and now treasurer. For NFPW, I’m the student membership chair and a member of the Education Fund board.

 

Years a member of NFPW: 15

In a couple of paragraphs, tell us a little about you.

I was born in Boulder, Colorado, and grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I have a B.A. from Arizona State University and an M.A. from the University of Arizona, both in history.

I started my publishing career in Denver, Colorado, working first for a lifestyle magazine and then for trade magazines for the plastics industry. With that valuable experience, I moved on to a satisfying career in historical editing, first at the Arizona Historical Society, in Tucson, and then at the Library of Virginia, in Richmond. After state budget woes led to the demise of the magazine I edited, Virginia Cavalcade, I wound up at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia. I started out editing the alumni magazine and am now the associate director of communications and public affairs.

I love the communications field, but I had my favorite job ever during my college years: three summers as a camp counselor in Prescott, Arizona. I have stayed in touch with the owners, and if I ever need a summer job again, I’m calling them up. I still remember the goofy songs and how to make biscuits in a Dutch oven over a campfire.

Any career advice you would give?

Keep in mind that anything can happen. I sure never expected to be working in university communications, but then I sure never expected to be laid off. The transition into a new field was rocky at times, but my unexpected career eventually blossomed into something I truly enjoy.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Singing. Or dancing. How about both? On Broadway.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

New Orleans from November to April; Santa Fe the rest of the year.

What book are you reading?

I just finished The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver. After I read the last page, I closed the cover and marveled out loud, “Barbara Kingsolver, how do you do it?” Next up is Family Linen, by Lee Smith. I have been on a Lee Smith kick this year.

Julie Campbell, right, with her good friend Marlene Cook at an NFPW conference.

Julie Campbell, right, with her good friend Marlene Cook at an NFPW conference.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I am a proud graduate of the Katharine Gibbs School, the once-famous, now-defunct secretarial school. After college, I took a two-month course at the Gibbs branch in New York City that provided practical job skills for liberal arts graduates. You were supposed to get an entry-level job as a secretary in your desired field and then move up. It worked; my first publishing job was as a secretary at Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine, in Denver.

 

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

The educational content of our state and national conferences is useful and interesting. My involvement on the boards of both organizations is helpful to me professionally, and I like working to keep us strong and relevant. The best part, though, is the friendships. At this year’s NFPW conference, I made it a point to spend extra time with people I see only once a year, to get to know them a little better. That gave the conference an extra glow that I’m still carrying with me.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

Website:       JulieACampbell.com

Twitter:         @anniemac1900

Facebook:    The Horse in Virginia: An Illustrated History

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Journalist, book author and manager shows leadership in Texas and national organization

Posted November 4, 2014 by tlehre
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A true Southern lady, Donna Hunt is always a friendly face at NFPW conferences. She is a dedicated member of both her Texas affiliate and the national organization. In her career as a journalist, she paved the way for women to follow. She is a gifted writer and editor. Her many skills and accomplishments led to her being as a national Communicator of Achievement in 1989 in Idaho. Meet this unique and unbelievable woman and friend.

Donna Hunt

Donna Hunt

Name: Donna Hunt

Hometown: Denison, Texas

Affiliate: I am affiliated with Press Women of Texas and have served as president twice and held most of the other offices. I was on the NFPW board and the Education Foundation board for a number of years and was chairman of POPPs for two years. I have been a member of NFPW and PWT since 1974 and received a 40 year certificate this year in South Carolina.

Tell us a little about you:

I am married to David Hunt, a retired brick contractor, and we have two sons, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. I began my career as a proofreader for the Sherman Democrat, then became “society” assistant, then society editor, then city editor in 1972, and promoted to editor, all of The Denison Herald in 1984. I was the first woman to hold that position. I resigned in 1994 to become manager of the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Park during an expansion period when a visitor center was added. I retired from the Birthplace in 2000 and have continued writing two columns a week for The Herald Democrat (the merged Sherman Democrat and Denison Herald), mostly history of my hometown and the area, since that time.

In 1989 I was named Communicator of Achievement by PWT and went on to NFPW to receive the National award in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In 2000 I was one of two Texas members to be named Women of the Millenium. I’ve lost count of the number of NFPW conferences I have attended, but my first was in Biloxi, MS. I am a Texas life member and an Ann Faragher Sweepstakes winner. I have co-authored two books and am working on a third book that hopefully will be published in 2015.

Any advice to share?

Donna Hunt, left, receives the Communicator of Achievement Award in 1989 from Jean Wiley Huyler, 1988 COA and former NFPW president.

Donna Hunt, left, receives the Communicator of Achievement Award in 1989 from Jean Wiley Huyler, 1988 COA and former NFPW president.

My advice for anyone starting a career in any field is to take every opportunity available to grow and learn all they can. NFPW is an excellent place to get involved.

I loved the career field that I have followed, but my only regret is that I didn’t continue my education and earn a degree. I was fortunate to be offered many opportunities for workshops, seminars and special courses to better prepare me. My mother always wanted me to be a lawyer like my uncle who was a long-time district judge, I didn’t have the desire to be a lawyer, but after he retired he became a writer like me. He was an amazing man.

If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

I have no thoughts of living anywhere except where I am today. My roots run deep here. My second choice would be Washington D.C. I love that city.

What book are you reading?

I am reading “A Place Called Harmony” by Jodi Thomas, a friend and a Texas writer who led a workshop at NFPW’s conference in Texas a few years ago.

What might people be surprised to learn about you?

It might surprise many to learn that if I was a little younger and could afford it, my sport of choice would be hot air ballooning. I went up one time and have been hooked ever since.

Why are NPFW and your affiliate important to you?

My affiliate and NFPW are important to me because of the wonderful friendships and the knowledge I have gained by attending conferences and seminars. I have been places and have seen things I never would have been or see without NFPW or PWT.

How can people follow you?

You can follow me on Facebook at History Gals of Denison,Texas (I am one of two “History Gals”), or by e-mail at d.hunt_903@yahoo.com.

Granger helps journalism students excel during 26 year career at Indiana high school

Posted October 28, 2014 by tlehre
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She was the 2014 Communicator of Achievement this year for the Woman’s Press Club of Indiana. She won first place in the faculty advisor for high school or college student publications category in the NFPW communications contest. Her friends proudly tell about the honors her student publication has earned during the 26 years she has been the student newspaper advisor. Now, she is challenging others to join her in reading about the different “states” over the next year. Meet another unique and unbelievable NFPW member, Elizabeth Granger, who excels in all she does.

Name: Elizabeth Granger

Elizabeth Granger

Elizabeth Granger

City and State: Fishers, Ind.

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Woman’s Press Club of Indiana Past president, past vice-president, current high school competition coordinator, current meeting coordinator

Years a member of NFPW: since 1999

Tell us a little about you.

I teach journalism and English in a minority high school of 2,400 students in Indianapolis. I’ve advised the student newspaper for 26 years and the yearbook for two.  The paper has a long list of honors over the years – just last week we were awarded another Hoosier Star (best in the state).  I am thinking about retiring in June 2015. I am open to all kinds of adventures in the next phase of my life.

I’d taught years earlier, too, right out of college. Then I was a stay-at-home mom. Returned to teaching part-time, as a GED instructor, when the kids were about 4 and 7. Made my way to a professional daily newspaper for a while – I was a reporter and then editor. Returned to teaching full-time in 1989. I had helped create a travel page for the paper, so I’ve been able to freelance as a travel writer ever since.

I’m married to Fred. I have two grown children, he has four. He also has 10 grandchildren.

Any career advice you would give?

Follow your heart. Work hard. Laugh often. Learn every day.  Appreciate those who have helped you along the way, and let them know you appreciate them. Then turn around and help others.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I could sing.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

 High school publications adviser Elizabeth Granger and sports editor Alex Kryah look at ways to revamp the sports section of Lawrence Central High School's Cub Reporter newspaper. Kryah is now studying journalism at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. He claims the high point of his high school journalism career was working Super Bowl's Media Day when the game was in Indianapolis. When Kryah queried Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Brady replied, "Good question, kid."


High school publications adviser Elizabeth Granger and sports editor Alex Kryah look at ways to revamp the sports section of Lawrence Central High School’s Cub Reporter newspaper. Kryah is now studying journalism at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. He claims the high point of his high school journalism career was working Super Bowl’s Media Day when the game was in Indianapolis. When Kryah queried Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Brady replied, “Good question, kid.”

I love being an American, so I can’t imagine being anywhere else for an extended period of time. Actually, I’d love to live all over the U.S., perhaps 6-12 months in each place. My top picks? I grew up in Michigan and Minnesota, and the Call of My North is still strong, so I’d definitely pick those two. (A winter on Mackinac Island is in my dreams.) I’d also choose Maine, Montana, Alaska, Washington, D.C., parts of Texas, and of course Hawaii.

And certainly extended visits to Canada, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, Scandinavia. I found the villages of all four of my grandparents in Croatia in 2010 – a return visit with my children accompanying me would be marvelous.

What book are you reading?

Two right now – Oprah Winfrey’s “What I Know For Sure” and Steve Hamilton’s “Die a Stranger.”

“What I Know For Sure” has me contemplating life, that’s for sure. Oprah’s put truth after truth after truth into words that have to be meaningful to every reader. It’s a fast read, but don’t read it fast. Stop often and savor the thoughts. It should be on everyone’s Christmas wish list.

I just read the section titled “Gratitude.” I think I’ll follow Oprah’s lead and make a list every night of five things I found myself grateful for that day.

Last year I marked my birthday by deciding to write and mail a handwritten note every week. I confess I didn’t quite follow the plan; some weeks I wrote nothing, but in other weeks I sent off several missives. My birthday was last week (Oct. 22); after one year, my note count is more than 52. I think I’ll continue for another year.

Die a Stranger” is quite different. It’s Hamilton’s ninth in his Alex McKnight series. I got caught by the first, “A Cold Day in Paradise,” because it’s set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where I was born, where I went to college, where my daughter went to college, where my son-in-law is from, and where I sometimes love to be. The books are fun mystery reads about a former police officer turned reluctant private eye – you can’t help but love McKnight.

Hey, who all wants to join me in reading every “state” next year? It’s an activity that some teachers do with their students – “traveling” across the U.S. by reading a book that’s set in each of the states. Our variation would have each of us picking our own choices and then suggesting them to others. I can start now – for Michigan, get any of the Alex McKnight novels by Steve Hamilton. So, who’s in? Let me know? I’m at wayfarer2@att.net.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

Depends on the people, I’d say. Those who know me from a particular phase in my life sometimes don’t know a different me. For example, those who know me as a teacher or travel writer may not know the “Suzie Homemaker” side of me with its sewing and knitting and canning and baking. And vice versa. I remember volunteering with a crafts group one evening each week, until it was time for school to start. When I told the group I wouldn’t be returning the next Monday night because my GED class was starting then, one of the other volunteers asked, “You don’t have a high school diploma?” She had no idea I was the teacher.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I joined WPCI for the professional support I believed I could get. That I did, but the personal support from the members is over the top. I’m honored to be among their good friends.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

On Facebook, find Elizabeth Granger. For Twitter, @ejgranger.


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