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Meet a Member: Peggy Parks

April 21, 2015

I met my friend Peggy Parks in 1978 when she was a presenter at our Idaho Press Women conference in Challis. We convinced her to join the organization and she has been a key member ever since. She helped organize three national conferences — two as part of the “Fearsome Foursome” team who lead the NFPW conferences in Idaho Falls and Salt Lake City. She is an awesome woman and community volunteer. All her efforts supporting NFPW and her community earned her the designation as first runner-up to the 2007 Communicator of Achievement when Peggyann Hutchinson was honored as COA. It is an honor to recognize this unique and unbelievable NFPW member, Peggy Parks.

Peggy Parks

Peggy Parks

Name: Peggy Parks

City and State: Challis, ID

Affiliate and any leadership positions

Media Network Idaho (formerly Idaho Press Women). I served as president for two years in the early 90’s and as treasurer since then. I was also involved in planning the NFPW conference in Coeur d’ Alene in 1989, the one in Idaho Falls in 2008 and the Salt Lake City conference in 2013.

Years a member of NFPW

Idaho Press Women held a fall meeting in Challis in 1978 and my husband and I were asked to present a workshop on running a small town newspaper. We were so impressed with the women we met there, we both joined.

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

I was owner, publisher and editor of the Challis Messenger newspaper for 32 years. Before that I worked in biomedical research for 11 years. Since selling the newspaper and retiring 10 years ago, I have remained active in Media Network Idaho.  Locally, I have been active in the North Custer Historical Society and Challis Senior Citizens, serving as treasurer for both organizations. I am also a volunteer Medicare counselor.

Since retiring and having had four joint replacement surgeries, I have taken advantage of having more free time and increased mobility to do a lot of travelling. In the past couple of years I’ve been able to take several NFPW pre or post conference tours, have been to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, South American, the British Isles twice, Greece and Turkey. After Alaska this fall, I have scheduled a tour of five different countries in the Alpine region of Europe, followed next spring with a cruise along the Iberian coast to Morocco. I hope to continue to travel as long as my health allows.

Peggy Parks, front and center, as part of the Fearsome Foursome team inviting NFPW delegates to Idaho Falls in 2007. From left, Cathy Koon, Teri Ehresman, Parks and Kitty Fleischman.

Peggy Parks, front and center, as part of the Fearsome Foursome team inviting NFPW delegates to Idaho Falls in 2007. From left, Cathy Koon, Teri Ehresman, Parks and Kitty Fleischman.

Any career advice you would give?

Never be afraid to try something new.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I had more musical and artistic talent.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I love Idaho and living in Challis, but eventually would prefer to live somewhere a little larger and closer to family. I love to travel, so somewhere with an airport nearby would be nice.

What book are you reading?

Nothing to Lose by Lee Child. Next on my list is The Source by James Mitchner. I read it years ago and loved it, so I’m going to read it again.

What would people be surprised to learn about you

The last thing I ever thought I would do in my life is run a newspaper. The only things I had ever written before my husband and I bought the paper in 1972 were scientific papers. I still didn’t do much writing until I took over the paper by myself in 1983, then was forced into it when my only reporter quit in the middle of a busy week without writing a single story. I don’t do much writing now except occasional press releases for the organizations I belong to.

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Peggy Parks with her grandchildren Thomas and Maggie in this 2009 photo.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I treasure the friends I have made in the organization and the opportunity it provides to mingle with people outside of my usual circle of friends.

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

Facebook or e-mail


Fleischman enjoys racing, running and promoting Idaho

February 1, 2014

She drives a blue Porsche she lovingly calls the blue Max, trained for and ran two half marathons after she turned 60 and shares her love of Idaho through a monthly magazine she loves. Meet a dear friend who is a unique, unbelieveable NFPW member.Kitty Delorey Fleischman finishing a half-marathon

Name: Kitty Delorey Fleischman

City and State: Boise, Idaho

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Past president, mostly membership and as part of the Media Network Idaho “Fearsome Foursome” team organizing the 2008 and 2013 NFPW national conferences.

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

Kitty will tell you she is “crabby and old, don’t have enough time for anything, and not enough money.” But in real life she is a determined, hard working person who is always looking out for others and wanting to help the little guy. Health issues have not prevented her from setting goals and reaching them. She worked hard to reach her goal of finishing two  half-marathons at Robie Creek in Idaho after she reached the age of 60.

Any career advice you would give? Go into medicine.

Which talent would you most like to have? Tact.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?  Idaho. She loves Idaho so much the magazine she pours her heart into is IDAHO Magazine. The magazine gives you a feel for the people in Idaho Kitty has grown to love.

What book(s) are you reading?

Just finished “Unbroken” by Laura Hillanbrand who wrote “Seabiscuit” (*****), and a book on George Washington’s Spy Ring from the American Revolutionary War (****), and am starting “I am Malala,” about Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year old the Taliban tried to kill for advocating women’s education in Pakistan. So far I’d give it (***), but maybe it will get better. I think it’s target at a teen market.

Kitty driving her blue Max.What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I raced cars from 1992 to 2006 when health problems forced me to give it up. I’ve trophied at a number of Porsche Club of America driving events, and tech quizzes, and I hold about a half-dozen records at three different hillclimbs.

Gerry (her husband and best friend) and I have been together since 1981. I’ve been a business owner since 1984.

I was in a plane crash on St. Lawrence Island in 1979. In Nome I was co-owner of a dog team with 20 dogs, eight pups, two sleds, and all the rigging to make them work. I’ve covered a reindeer story out on the Chucki Sea in winter, covered winter training exercises for the Alaska National Guard’s First Scout Battalion, an all-Eskimo unit. I’ve cross-country skied on the tundra and out on the Bering Sea, covered the Iditarod starts and finishes four years. In 1999 I taught a class in Riga, Latvia, on marketing in a capitalistic system.

IDAHO magazine is the second publication I’ve started and run. In 1984 I co-founded the Idaho Business Review, which is still chugging along. I once crawled along in a space five-feet wide between two houses in Nome, one of them fully engulfed in flames, to save my eight little Husky/Malamute pups. The house that was on fire had a barrel of oil that was about to have its foundation give way, and I couldn’t let my babies burn. It was pretty scary though.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you? I wanted to join the Idaho Press Women in the 1980s, but was told by Marlene Fritz that I could not join because I was a publisher and not a journalist. I was thrilled to find more recently that I could join. I appreciate the camaraderie more than anything, and am thrilled to be part of the “Fearsome Foursome.” The women I’ve met in Media Network Idaho and NFPW are a source of inspiration and encouragement to me. I appreciate their insights, wisdom, experience, humor, and dedication. My only regrets are from the years I missed!

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

Our website is http://idahomagazine, and our Facebook page, which I took over managing and LOVE to do is: