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Becky Funke of Kansas and John Watson of Delaware receive COA Honors

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Becky Funke of Goddard, Kansas, was named the 2014 Communicator of Achievement by the National Federation of Press Women during its annual conference, held this year in Greenville, S.C. The Communicator of Achievement award is the highest honor bestowed by NFPW upon those members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their field.

Funke says she felt a calling to writing and editing, which is a good thing since her high school English/journalism teacher told her she had the best “nose for a good story” of any of the student journalists he had worked with in his teaching career.

For the past 25 years, Funke has been editor and publisher of Active Aging, a regional monthly newspaper serving readers aged 55 plus. She is a 31-year member of Kansas Professional Communicators. She has held most officer positions, including president. She also was the contest chairperson numerous times. She is co-chair of the planning committee for the 2016 NFPW conference, to be held in Wichita. For more, read the press release.


head and shoulder photo of John Watson looking at the camera.

John Watson of Wilmington, DE, was named the 2014 Communicator of Achievement Runner-Up. Watson, a semi-retired talk show host, continues to urge his listeners to call in and to be a part of history by engaging in discussion. He began his broadcasting career in New York and was later recruited by 1450 WILM NewsRadio in Delaware. He was often named the best talk show host in Delaware. Watson is a longtime committed member of the NAACP. He mentors boys and young men through the Village Center in the disadvantaged Southbridge Neighborhood of Wilmington. He also is a member of CHILD, which provides youth services and emergency shelter and has worked as an advisory board member of the Cab Calloway School of the Arts. He also is a member of American Legion Post #21 and the Wilmington Kiwanis Club. A member of the Delaware Press Association since 1966, he is a board member and has won numerous awards in DPA and NFPW. — Read the press release.