Meet a Member: Mary Anne Barothy

Posted May 24, 2016 by tlehre
Categories: Indiana, NFPW, Uncategorized

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One of the many advantages of NFPW is getting to know members across the country with similar interests and interesting backgrounds. One member with an interesting career is Mary Anne Barothy of Indiana. She followed her passion to Los Angeles and ended up working for an actress she admired. She wrote a book about her experiences, won an NFPW award for the book and now shares it with others. Meet another outstanding NFPW member, Mary Anne Barothy.
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Mary Anne Barothy

Name: Mary Anne Barothy

City, State: Indianapolis, IN
Affiliate & Leadership role: Woman’s Press Club of Indiana,  Past Vice President
Years a member of NFPW:  9
Tell us a little about you:
I grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from St. Agnes Academy, an all-girls school run by the Sisters of Providence. I went on to Marian College where I majored in English/Journalism. My interest in pursuing a career in writing came from a role Doris Day played in Paramount’s Teacher’s Pet co-starring Clark Cable in which Doris played a dedicated college journalism professor.
I joined the staff of The Indianapolis News as a society reporter for nearly two years before moving to Los Angles in 1968. My journalism background served me well with future employment at the May Company in Los Angeles and later working with Doris Day.
I returned to Indianapolis in 1977, as a free-lance writer and became Director of Publicity for Perennial Pictures Film Corporation. I worked in the Education Division at Lilly Endowment and later earned a paralegal degree from Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis. Since 1999 I have been Development Assistant for the Little Sisters of the Poor in Indianapolis at St. Augustine’s Home helping coordinate fundraising events.
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Mary Anne Barothy with Doris Day.

In 2007 I wrote a book “An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond” about my story story and I continue to give talks around the country sharing the unique story.  Turner Classic Movies has this piece on their website: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=182157

Today I feel very fortunate and blessed to have been able to do as many things as I have including working for my childhood idol, Doris Day.  Talk about a ‘dream-come-true.’
Any career advice you would give?  
Do the very BEST you can do.  Don’t be afraid to ASK for things.  Associate with like-minded and successful people.  Follow your dream (I did) and don’t listen to negative people.  Stay POSITIVE!  I believe in “The BEST is yet to come.”
Which talent would you most like to have?
Better computer/technology skills – trying to keep up is a challenge these days.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
On or near a beach in Ocean City, NJ, or on Sanibel Island, FL where the weather is warmer year round.
What book are you reading?
Adios America   by Ann Coulter
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Mary Anne Barothy promotes her book about Doris Day.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I am writing another book, but due to time constraints, haven’t been able to spend as much time on it as I want to.
Why is your affiliate (Woman’s Press Club of Indiana) and NFPW important to you?
I am happy and proud to belong to both professional organizations, plus it looks good as a reference and gives great credibility.
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My website is: http://www.dayatatimesentimentaljourney.com  Day At A Time: An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey To Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond.
I also host The Brenda Lee Hour monthly on Baltimore Net Radio    ( mybnr.com ).  It airs on the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time, with encores thru Sunday. You can check the schedule at   mybnr.com
I am on Facebook as  Mary Anne Barothy

Meet a Member: Clara Cartrette

Posted May 10, 2016 by tlehre
Categories: NFPW, North Carolina, Uncategorized

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Clara Cartrette helped organize the North Carolina Press Women affiliate in 1978 and has been active ever since.  At the Idaho conference in 2008 she was honored as NFPW Communicator of Achievement, the highest honor given to a member. She is a hard working, dedicated member who has helped her affiliate and NFPW succeed. I missed seeing her smiling face in Alaska, it was the first conference she has missed since joining, so I can’t wait to see her again this fall in Kansas. Meet another outstanding member I am honored to call a friend.

Name: Clara J. Cartrette

City and State: Tabor City, North Carolina

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Clara Cartrette

Affiliate and any leadership positions: I was the first state affiliate president of North Carolina Press Women for four years, which might have bending the rules somewhat at that time, but I was the only one attending NFPW conferences and members voted me to serve. I have held various other offices on the state and national level, including being a charter member of the NFPW Education Fund. I have served on the NFPW elections board a couple of times, membership director, elected NFPW third vice president in 1985, served as NFPW President Gwen White’s “Fun and Frivolity” chairman and introduced the “First Timers” program, POPPS secretary  and I’ve been “recycled” to serve as state president for quite a few years.

One of the most important things to happen to me was when I was honored to be selected as NFPW’s Communicator of Achievement at the Idaho conference in 2008.

Years a member of NFPW: 38

Tell us a little about you.

I got a job as a reporter through a mistake. I thought I was going to be a secretary until I was told I would be taking over the “women’s department.” It was the best “mistake” I’ve ever made. I started covering news a couple of years later, then took over the police, fire, courthouse beat for 20-plus years. I have covered every “beat” there is but my first love is writing people features. I had a very supportive boss who sponsored my state and national conferences and the best thing he did for me was turn me loose to decide what I would cover and choose feature stories I wanted to write. I started winning state awards a year after I began work and continued to win…. until NFPW stopped accepting paper entries. I have covered every news beat and have dabbled in advertising, starting an annual Bridal Edition and County Fair tabloid section. I chose the couples for the Bridal Edition, sold the ads, wrote the ad copy and features on the couple, and even laid it out until we went to computer layout. I have done the County Fair tabloid for 36 years, writing all of the copy and using photos I made at the fair in previous years for each 40-page issue.

Any career advice you would give?

If you like to write, don’t mind working 50-60 hours a week for a salary that isn’t fantastic and love talking to people and telling their stories, becoming a reporter might be a great career for you. If this doesn’t measure up to your standards, look for another career.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I always wanted to tap dance and play a guitar (but not at the same time)!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Where I am right now — next door to my youngest daughter, son-in-law and two wonderful grandsons, 10 miles from my oldest daughter and son-in-law and five miles from my son.

What book are you reading?

Just finished Bob Sloan’s “Home Call,” which I bought at an NFPW conference some years ago. It had gotten covered up in a stack of books and I found it recently. Reading Bob’s book is like talking to and listening to a good friend. It’s the story of Appalachia that most of us don’t know. Great read!!! One that I didn’t want to put down to sleep and one I didn’t want to end. Reading is my passion. My next read will be “We Had A Job To Do,” a basic history of World War II through the eyes of those who served. Theresa Anzaldua selected several veterans to tell their personal stories, based on official U.S. government documents and her interviews with veterans.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I always wanted to tap dance, and signed up for an adult class at age 38. I didn’t learn a lot, but I satisfied that desire to tap. A couple of years later, a Middle Eastern belly dancer came to town to teach classes and a friend and I signed up for classes. It was a barrel of fun, especially our in-house “recital.” (I haven’t been bombarded with requests to perform…yet!)

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Clara Cartrette, right, poses with other former NFPW Communicators of Achievement. They are from left, Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas, Cynthia Price, Karen Stensrud, Betty Packard, Donna Hunt and Cartrette.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I was so excited when I learned that NFPW President Charlotte Schexnayder and Mary Lou Webb were coming to North Carolina to affiliate N.C. Press Women, organized in 1942 when newsmen went to war and their wives took over newsrooms. But when Charlotte and Mary Lou got here, the NCPW board had changed its mind and didn’t want to affiliate because they wanted to remain a “pure” organization of only newspaper journalists … no advertising, magazine, radio, TV, public relations personnel, etc.

I was very excited about NFPW and had joined as a member at-large two months earlier. I was disappointed and embarrassed that Charlotte and Mary Lou had come so far to get the door closed in their faces. They invited me to join them in their hotel room and during a long discussion, “Peacemaker Charlotte” said if there was any dissention it would be better not to affiliate, but if as many as 10 were interested we could affiliate. I ran into the hall and gathered 13 members who wanted to join NFPW.

Charlotte and Mary Lou came back two months later to charter us. We chartered in June 1978 and I went to my first NFPW conference 10 days later. I got a royal introduction to NFPW, as Charlotte asked me to “bunk in” with her and husband Melvin because she had a presidential suite and didn’t need the extra bedroom. For years Melvin and I got odd looks when we yelled across the room, “Hey, Roommate!”

I had never missed a conference until 2015. I couldn’t justify the time, expense and wear and tear on my body to fly to Alaska for a three-day conference and I couldn’t take off any more time for the tours for the same reasons. Hope to see all of you in Kansas in September!

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

claracartrette@whiteville.com

 

Meet a Member: Mark Fowser

Posted April 19, 2016 by tlehre
Categories: Delaware, Uncategorized

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One of our valued members is Delaware Press Association Mark Fowser. Fowser and his team are leading one of the most active NFPW affiliates. They have outstanding programs and last year won the affiliate sweepstakes award in the NFPW communications contest . He is another example of an outstanding NFPW member. I am honored to call him a friend.

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Mark Fowser

Name: Mark Fowser

 

City and State: New Castle, Delaware

Affiliate and any leadership positions:

Delaware Press Association President; past Treasurer; 2016 Communicator of Achievement

Years a member of NFPW: 15

Tell us a little about you.

I have been involved in journalism (broadcast and print) for more than 30 years, and it is something I’ve wanted to do since I was young. The first job I had was as an overnight announcer and disc jockey at a nostalgia station near the New Jersey shore, playing Big Band, Sinatra and Easy Listening tunes and reading news from the wire each hour. Then, I became that station’s News Director, overseeing a staff of one (myself).

After a few years I headed to northern New Jersey for a job in which I anchored radio news for half the day and worked on the nightly news show for a local cable TV channel the other half of the day. Here, I was really able to broaden my horizons and cover a number of important and interesting stories – a hot-air balloon ride, a rafting trip down the Delaware River, a visit below ground to an abandoned zinc mine, and a mountaintop wedding at a ski resort. The first time I ever donated blood, the cameras were rolling.

The opportunity to return to my native Delaware was too good to pass up, however. I have enjoyed various opportunities for more than two decades in news and talk radio, public radio and television, and online journalism. I have been with Delaware1059 radio since its beginning in September, 2012. 

Any career advice you would give?

Learn; ask; intern; explore; join. Find your passion, but realize that it may take several attempts to do that – and, that’s OK.

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Mark Fowser

 

 

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would like to sing better, and perhaps learn a musical instrument to accompany or drown out my singing.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I have been very happy living in the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware or New Jersey). The 2009 NFPW conference got me very intrigued about San Antonio. If I were to pick another country, it would probably be Spain. 

What book are you reading?

“Driving Home” by Jonathan Raban

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I never traveled far until about 13 years ago; now, I try to get far away once a year.

I am a little introverted considering the profession I have chosen.

And, I follow Philadelphia Flyers hockey with the passion normally seen in English soccer (minus the hooliganism).

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I am grateful to DPA and NFPW for the opportunity to network, to take part in contests and learn valuable feedback from peers, to have attended three national conferences, to have a role in high school contests that will hopefully encourage the next generation, and most of all for long-lasting friendships and relationships that have developed.

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

https://twitter.com/markfowser

https://www.facebook.com/mark.fowser

Delaware1059 blog: http://delaware1059.com/blog/section.php?sectionid=4

Meet a Member: Judi Buehrer

Posted April 11, 2016 by tlehre
Categories: Colorado, NFPW, Uncategorized

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I was fortunate to have dinner this past weekend with Judi Buehrer and other Colorado Press Women. The dinner was planned as part of the NFPW spring board meeting in Denver. Judi is working on a memoir about her experiences living in Moscow after the fall of the Soviet Union. Two of my friends have read the nearly competed book and tell me it will be a great book. I can’t wait to read it when it is published. Judi is a talented writer and a great asset to both Colorado and NFPW. Meet my friend, Judi Buehrer.

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Judi Buehrer

 

 

Name: Judi Buehrer

City and State: Littleton, CO

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Currently Colorado Press Women Co-VP/Membership and Program Committee member; Colorado COA and NFPW Runner-up COA in 2008. Unfortunately, I was recovering from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and wasn’t able to receive the award in person. I’ve also served CPW as president, vice president, secretary, newsletter editor, and helped with high school contest and served on nominating committee and program committee.

Years a member of NFPW: 35

Tell us a little about you.

I am currently semi-retired and finishing Moscow Stories, a memoir about my experiences about living in and reporting about Moscow after the fall of the Soviet Union. I fell in love with journalism in high school and graduated from the University of Nebraska J-School with a major in journalism and minors in English and political science. I began my career as a reporter at the Lincoln Journal and then the Northern Virginia Sun. After our first child was born, I wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom and switched to freelancing and reporting for weekly papers. Several years later, I worked as a managing editor at the American Water Works Association in Denver before and after my husband and I went abroad for nine years. During that time, I worked at The Moscow Times and returned to freelancing and stringing for area magazines during our postings in Thailand and Saudi Arabia. Over the years my freelance articles appeared in The Denver Post, Albuquerque Journal, Chicago Tribune, Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal, Travel Holiday Magazine and several magazines in Denver and New Mexico.

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Judi Bueher attaching photos to a display.

Any career advice you would give?

Look for the story behind the obvious one. Things are seldom what they seem.

Which talent would you most like to have?

That’s easy. Figure skating!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

On one of the idyllic beaches in Southern Thailand.

What book are you reading?

Wonder by Raquel Jaramillo, under the pen name of R. J. Palacio. It’s a wonderful, humbling, evocative story recommended by my 10-year-old daughter.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I used to get sent to the principal’s office in first grade for taking out my tooth retainer and showing it to classmates. The teacher wasn’t as amused as my friends.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

Early in my career, I got two of my jobs through contacts at CPW and learned a lot from the professional programs and my colleagues. Most of us are retired now and have developed close, nurturing friendships. That explains our affiliate’s primary benefits — mentorships and networking.

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

I have a FB page, but no website or twitter presence yet.

Meet a Member: Tara Puckey

Posted April 5, 2016 by tlehre
Categories: Indiana, Uncategorized

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Affiliates are a key part of NFPW and strong leadership at the state level can help an affiliate thrive. Tara Puckey is the president of Woman’s Press Club of Indiana and is doing an outstanding job. She is a proven leader and helps keep membership strong. She is constantly on the go as she continues to grow her skills. Meet this outstanding NFPW member I am pleased to call a friend.

Name: Tara Puckey

City and State: McCordsville, Ind. (just outside Indianapolis)

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Woman’s Press Club of Indiana; Vice President, President (currently serving second term)

Years a member of NFPW: Joined in 2008

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Tara Puckey

Tell us a little about you.

After finding the degree program with the least amount of math (math is hard), I picked journalism and graduated with an amazing group of classmates from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis in 2011. While in school, I began freelancing for New York’s Broadway Magazine and Ameriforce, a collective of different magazines all focused on the military, and later added social media management, small business consulting and brand management to the mix . In 2012, I picked up a full time gig with the Society of Professional Journalists after serving two years on their national board as a student representative. As Membership Strategist, I focus on member retention and recruitment, the stability of our more than 150 active chapters and other duties as assigned (nonprofit = multitasking staff).

I multitask the rest of my life, too, I suppose. Currently, I’m wrapping up my MBA in June of this year and will being pursuing my CAE designation shortly after. When I’m not working or studying, you’ll find me teaching dance at a local studio or tromping through tiny Indiana towns in search of the perfect antique find. I’m also pretty easy to track down with a glass of wine and a good book, but my absolute favorite thing is spending time with my husband, Bryan, and two daughters, Alexa and Brooklyn.

Any career advice you would give?

Interview them more than they interview you. Don’t take a job just because the pay is right or it’s where you’ve always wanted to work. Ask questions about the culture, about the atmosphere, about how well everyone plays together in the office. Otherwise, you’ll walk into something you weren’t expecting that makes you uncomfortable or miserable and the money or the position will be the least of your concerns.

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Tara Puckey at a Woman’s Press Club of Indiana event.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Maybe it isn’t a talent, but I’d like there to be more hours in the day. I have a million things I still want to do and learn and experience and there’s never enough time. That’s totally crazy, so if you’re looking for the real answer, I’d love to be able to play the guitar and cook super amazing chef-quality meals. Dang, that was too many.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Manhattan. New York is one of my favorite places because I love feeling like I’m just a little speck in something larger. Small towns don’t quite allow that anonymity that you can get somewhere like New York. But, the hubby won’t go for it, so I guess if I have to take him with me, we might go to Savannah. Or, Memphis.

What book are you reading?

Sitting on my coffee table right at this moment is “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I love the dark. Think low lamps everywhere, mood lighting. My entire family hates it, but it takes me to my happy place.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

WPCI was one of the first journalism organizations I joined when I decided to pursue my career. After that first event, I knew I had found a home. The women (and men) I’ve met through WPCI have not only been mentors, but true friends that celebrate every achievement and mourn every loss. I couldn’t be more thankful for this amazing group of people who consistently remind me why I love this industry so much. I’m honored and proud to be among them and wouldn’t be where I am today without their love and support.

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

You can check out my website at tarapuckey.com, follow me on Twitter at @tpuckey and connect on LinkedIn. I’m on just about everything else, too: Instagram, Snapchat, Zoom, etc. and my username is almost always tpuckey. Hope to connect soon!

Meet a Member: Jane Primerano

Posted March 24, 2016 by tlehre
Categories: NFPW, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

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One of the wonderful things about belonging to the National Federation of Press Women is the opportunity it gives members to network and have friends all over the United States. My friend Jane Primerano is an accomplished member of NFPW and also other professional organizations. She is a consummate professional who is willing to adapt to meet the needs of our changing profession. Meet another outstanding member of our organization. 

Name: Jane Primerano

City and State: Hope, NJ

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Jane Primerano with her ever present Nikon. (Photo by Anthony Buccino).

 

 

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Pennsylvania Press Club. I was a member of the late, lamented, New Jersey Press Women. I was president from 2001 through 2003 and was Communicator of Achievement in 2003. I joined PPC because I wanted to be part of an affiliate and I live 10 minutes from Pennsylvania.

Years a member of NFPW: 33

Tell us a little about you.

Right now, I’m a freelancer specializing in agriculture and agri-business. I am also moving into writing about wineries, craft breweries and craft distilleries, which happened sort of by accident. I have been a reporter, photographer and editor for weekly, daily and online publications. I also spent some time on the “dark side” doing hospital communications and working for public relations firms.

I have three grown children, a son-in-law and two “grandcats.” One of my favorite things is “borrowing” a cousin’s grandchildren and taking them to county fairs and other cool places. Sort of practice, I suppose. I’m active in my church and in Warren County Community Singers.

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Jane Primerano with Diesel, a friend’s daughter’s horse in Ohio. Jane loves horses as well as dogs and cats and pretty much any animal. (Photo by Jessica Vezza)

 

 

 

 

Any career advice you would give?

Develop a specialty early on. The only way I can survive as a freelancer is because I have expertise in farming. You never know, especially today, when you may have to become an independent journalist.

Which talent would you most like to have?

A real knack for languages.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Tuscany. But I’d miss my kids.

What book are you reading?

Just finished The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri and started Informing the News by Thomas E. Patterson.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I once played a sheriff at a wild west theme park.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I believe professional organizations are vital for networking and for banding together for our common interests such as freedom of information and journalism ethics.

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

I’m on Facebook as Jane Primerano and on Twitter as @ReporterJane2.

Meet a Member: Julie Slaymaker

Posted March 17, 2016 by tlehre
Categories: Indiana, NFPW, Uncategorized

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I have been a fan of Julie Slaymaker for many years. This little bundle of energy is fun to be around and is always looking for ways to solve problems. She is such an inspiration for all her many accomplishments. I am honored to be able to call her a friend.

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Julie Slaymaker

Name: Julie Slaymaker

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Affiliate: Woman’s Press Club of Indiana. Joined in 1973. A member for 43 years.

Leadership Positions: Bulletin Editor; Acting President in 1988. Elected President in 1989. Served until 1990. Elected President again in 2009-2011; (The only member to serve as president three times in WPCI’s 103-year history.) Fulfilled Treasurer and husband Gene Slaymaker’s term when he died in 2012. She has served as treasurer ever since. She is a longtime head of the WPCI Education Fund, a (501) (c) (3) and former board member of NFPW Education Fund.

A little about Julie:

She is a national award-winning freelance writer and was president of the Indiana Professional Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists from 2001-2002. In 2009, the Indiana Pro Chapter created the Gene and Julie “Indiana Service to Journalism Award” to honor their almost three decades as statewide SPJ contest directors.

While president of Woman’s Press Club of Indiana in 1988-1990, Slaymaker founded the WPCI Prison Writing Contest in conjunction with Women’s Prison of Indiana. While serving as Communications Director for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, she convinced the Indiana Department of Correction to expand the contest to all incarcerated inmates, male and female. It is the achievement for which she is most proud. She was named WPCI’s Communicator of Achievement in 1998 and is a two-time Kate Milner Rabb winner of the organization’s highest award given for dedication and service to the organization. From 2009-2011, Slaymaker again served as President of Woman’s Press Club of Indiana. The Julie and Gene Slaymaker scholarship was established in 2012.

She was only 19-years-old when she got her start in journalism as a summer intern at The Indianapolis Times. While still in college, she served as a correspondent for the Indianapolis office of Fairchild Publications. Her first byline story appeared in Women’s Wear Daily. Her sister found that funny, claiming she knows bag ladies who dress better.

The former WIFE-AM/FM radio public service director was a member of The National Broadcast Promoters Association and Women in Radio and Television. Years later, she became a freelance trial reporter for WTLC Radio. She won UPI’s “Best Reporter” award for her trial coverage of one of the biggest drug rings in the history of Indiana. That same series garnered her shared National Headliners Club Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won a UPI Regional Broadcast award for her radio coverage of the Mike Tyson rape trial.

As a freelance magazine writer, Slaymaker’s work has appeared in magazines including Indianapolis Woman, Indianapolis Pet Quarterly, Indiana Super Lawyers, Indianapolis Monthly, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Indiana State Alumni Magazine, Indiana University Alumni Magazine, Dog Fancy, and AAA’s Home & Away – to name a few.

She is a member of the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers and a board member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.

An amateur actress and one of few female presidents in the over 100-year history of The Players, Slaymaker appeared in Dan Wakefield’s Hollywood movie, “Going All the Way,” starring Ben Affleck.

Any career advice you would give:

“Do what you love and the money will follow!” Unless you go into journalism!

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Julie Slaymaker

 

Talent I would like to have:

“I would love to be comfortable speaking in public. Though, I’ve been told I’m good at it, I would rather endure root canal or Pap smear than speak in public!”

What are you reading? 

I just finished reading Alice Munro’s Family Furnishings! I’m a speed reader but not with this book. I read at a snail’s pace while savoring her magnificent writing. No wonder she won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature! Alice Hoffman’s The Marriage of Opposites is beckoning me to grab an afghan and curl up on a snowy day.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

People would probably be surprised to learn that I was pre-teen, runway model for the biggest department store in Peoria, Illinois. Which doesn’t say much. Because my “budding” career came to an abrupt end when I grew boobs, giving new meaning to “If it will play in Peoria!”

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I didn’t become active in Woman’s Press Club until I turned 40 and received my first NFPW first place award in Vail, Colorado. While there as an unknown, I replaced an ailing WPCI delegate and was immediately adopted by mentors like journalism power houses Hortense Myers, Naomi Whitesell, Dottie Steinmeier, and Joan Bey. For the awards ceremony, I wore an elegant, toga-style gown that matched my Sappho fantasy.   I was on top of the world that night, surrounded by wonderful new NFPW friends. Before going to an after-party, Gene and I went back to our room so I could quickly use the commode. Somehow, the one shoulder drape of my toga swooped into the toilet and when I flushed, I was headed downstream for Denver!

“Fame is fleeting!” But that set a record! One minute I was on top of the world. And the next minute, I was in the proverbial toilet! It’s a Peoria thing!

When I became active in WPCI, I was nurtured and mentored by an organization of journalism mothers who always wanted to know what I was working on so they could guide me to excellence with their professionalism.   Their belief in me gave me confidence to write personality profiles on some of Indiana’s best and brightest.

My NFPW membership gave me inside access to the entire country when Gene and I investigated Indiana’s biggest drug ring that had international and nationwide tentacles. Using my NFPW Directory, I called members who filled me in on their local ringleaders.   Gene and I won a Headliner’s Award for Investigative Radio Reporting. That wouldn’t have happened without the help of NFPW members’ leads who strengthened our reporting. When my Mr. Microphone died, I was surrounded by my WPCI family – many of whom I’ve mentored. They call me “Journo Mom.” They are my adored “Journo Daughters.” It’s an NFPW thing!


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