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2013 NFPW Communications Conference

Unique, Unbelievable Utah
August 22-24, 2013 — Salt Lake City

"Unique, Unbelievable Utah" was the theme for NFPW's 2013 Communications Conference. Hosted by Media Network Idaho, the conference was held Aug. 22-24 at the Marriott City Center in Salt Lake City.

This year's conference featured many talented NFPW members who shared their expertise in workshop sessions as well as local communications professionals and motivational speakers.

Conference Recaps:

group photo at 2013 conference in hotel lobby

2013 NFPW Communications Conference attendees discovered "Unique, Unbelievable Utah."

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Conference Downloads:

  • Conference Program Book (pdf) includes detailed schedule, speaker profiles, Communicator of Achievement nominee profiles, membership milestones, and member memorials
  • Communications Contest Winners List (xls)
  • Communications Contest Sweepstakes Winners Press Release (doc | pdf)
  • Communicator of Achievement Press Release (doc | pdf)
  • High School Communications Contest Winners by category (doc | pdf) and state (doc | pdf)
  • Agenda, Fall 2013 Conference Recap issue
  • Agenda, Summer 2013 Conference Preview issue, including profiles of the Communicator of Achievement nominees and elected officer candidates and President's Roundtable preview
  • Agenda, Spring 2013 Conference Preview, including speaker profiles

On the Web:

Contest Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Karen Stensrud
Karen Stensrud of North Dakota was the individual Sweepstakes Award winner in the 2013 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest. Tammy Keith of Arkansas and Debbie Miller of Arkansas tied for the second place Sweepstakes Award. The Affiliate Sweepstakes winner was Virginia. (press release: doc | pdf)

Read the full story.

Communicator of Achievement

Head shot of Marianne

Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas of Illinois Woman's Press Association was named NFPW 2013 Communicator of Achievement, the highest honor bestowed by NFPW upon members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their profession. The recipient, chosen from nominees selected by state affiliates, is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, service to NFPW and to the community. (press release: doc, pdf)

The following COA nominees were also honored at the NFPW Communications Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:

  • Maria Hess, Delaware Press Association
  • Catherine Jelsing, North Dakota Professional Communicators
  • Rita Kohn, Woman's Press Club of Indiana
  • Carol Kreis, New Mexico Press Women
  • Gwendolynne Larson, Kansas Professional Communicators
  • Kathleen Magers, Press Women of Texas
  • Mary Alice Parmelee, Colorado Press Women
  • Sherry Thompson, Nebraska Press Women

Learn more about the Communciator of Achievement nominees in the Summer issue of Agenda.

New National Officers Elected

A new slate of National Federation of Press Women officers were elected to two-year positions (2013-2015) during the NFPW general membership meeting on Aug. 22:

  • President: Teri Ehresman of Idaho Falls, nominated by Media Network Idaho.
  • First Vice President: Marsha Hoffman of Council Bluffs, Iowa, nominated by Iowa Press Women.
  • Second Vice President: Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas of Chicago, nominated by Illinois Women's Press Association.
  • Treasurer: Ellen Crawford of Fargo, N.D., nominated by North Dakota Professional Communicators to serve a second term in the office of treasurer. (This is the only elected position eligible for more than one term.)
  • Secretary: Gay Porter DeNileon of Wheat Ridge, Colo., nominated by Colorado Press Women.

Learn more about NFPW's new officers in the Summer issue of Agenda.


NFPW president Lori Potter at podium with other NFPW board members seated to the right (her left).
Lori Potter, NFPW president 2011-13, conducts the board meeting of the NFPW annual conference in Salt Lake City.

Future Conferences:

  • 2014-Greenville, South Carolina
  • 2015-Anchorage, Alaska

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