Another dedicated, long-time NFPW member is Kathryn (Kathy) Cόrdova of New Mexico. She is always willing to help out and also one of the first to express appreciation for the hard work of others. I remember the nice thank you note and gift she sent me after the NFPW conference in Idaho in 2008. I was impressed with her thoughtfulness. She is also a talented writer and teacher. She is also willing to share her talents with others. I am proud to call this unique and unbelievable member a friend.
Name: Kathryn (Kathy) Cόrdova
City/State: El Prado (Taos County), New Mexico
Affiliate and Leadership Positions:
New Mexico– Past positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Communicator Of Achievement Chair.
NFPW– Communicator Of Achievement Chair; Membership Chair; Student Membership Chair; POPPS Vice President/ Treasurer and President; NFPW Treasurer; and NFPW Second Vice President.
Years in NFPW: 27
Tell Us a Little About You:
I prepared for dual careers in Journalism and Education, as these were the times when women did not receive many opportunities in the newsroom. Fortunately, I was able to work at both careers as a teacher and a freelance writer. I have also served in editorial positions on community publications and professional newspapers and magazines. Throughout the years, I have written four different columns, and continue to write one, “Know Your Neighbor” on a weekly basis for our community’s newspaper. I have also contributed to and written books, mainly biographies. Family is very important to me.
People should work at what they enjoy and about what they feel passionate. Doing so brings joy to the worker and those around him or her. When one is happy, it is contagious and obvious in the finished product. We are all lifelong learners, and as such, must embrace learning something new as much as possible.
Which talent would you most like to have? Art. The best I can achieve in regard to completing an art piece is to draw a stick doll.
If I could live anywhere, where would it be?
I love where I live right now. I enjoy traveling, but it’s always a joy to return home.
What book are you reading?
I’m an avid reader. I just started the book Laci, about Laci Peterson, by Michael Fleeman.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
As a Doctor of Education, I teach courses such as Children’s Literature and deep-thought texts. As a former high school teacher, I taught American Literature. Therefore, it may surprise some to learn that I love to read and write (unpublished) what my dad used to call “trashy books.”
Why your affiliate and NFPW are important to you.
An organization is only as good as its members. I would never trade the friendships I have made, the people I have met, things I have learned and the places I have visited as a result of attending conferences, meetings, etc. The networking is available to all the members, and it’s refreshing to note that the Press Women organization does not confine itself to only one small facet of the careers and interests of the members. The broad base is very appealing.
What is the best way to follow you- website, Twitter, Facebook, etc.? Much to the chagrin of my children, I do not follow social media.