In work spanning more than 45 years, Ruth Anna has ardently defended the First Amendment and Colorado’s open records laws as a board member of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, led both CPW and NFPW as president, founded Anna Public Relations Consultants – shepherding a wide range of clients – and volunteered for many community organizations. She speaks frankly, passionately and sincerely in all she does.
Ruth was born Jan. 29, 1949, in her parents’ car during a snowstorm en route to the hospital. She grew up on a farm, homesteaded by her grandparents, near the small town of Otis on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. She learned to study issues and take positions from her father, a farmer and rancher who believed in speaking up about community and political issues.
She was a grade-schooler when she decided to study journalism in order to have an impact on public opinion – and was one of a few women at the time to follow the radio/TV track at the University of Colorado, where she earned a journalism degree. She has been a Press Woman since 1976. She served as president of Colorado Press Women 1988-91 and was elected president of the National Federation of Press Women 1995-97.
“There is no one quite like Ruth,” says Sandy Nance, CPW president. “She has worked tirelessly for Press Women, for freedom of the press and for First Amendment rights, whether she’s serving the public interest via her county’s library system or helping put Colorado’s Freedom of Information Coalition on solid financial footing. She is highly regarded by those on the CFOIC board and by her clients. I value her counsel. She speaks her mind and defends her beliefs. We are proud to honor her as Colorado’s COA and nominate her for national Communicator of Achievement.”