Communicator of Achievement

Sharon Almirall — 2024 Colorado Winner & National Runner-up

By |2024-06-23T19:42:58-06:00February 25th, 2024|Categories: Communicator of Achievement|

Perseverance, service and courage are the hallmarks of Sharon Almirall’s 55-year career in journalism and communications. With perseverance and courage, Sharon has suffered many “scrapes and scars” in her career, as she writes in her memoir by that title. Whether it was being victimized by gender discrimination at her first job after college, sustaining verbal insults [...]

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Marilyn Saltzman – 2023 National & Colorado Communicator of Achievement

By |2023-06-30T23:37:29-06:00April 21st, 2023|Categories: Communicator of Achievement|

The morning of April 20, 1999, Colorado Communicator of Achievement Marilyn Saltzman’s life changed forever. Two armed teenagers strode into Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, and shot and killed 12 fellow students and a teacher and wounded 26 others. Marilyn, then a school district communications manager, was “in the center of that storm,” [...]

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Karen Pochert Petersen, Colorado 2021 Communicator of Achievement

By |2021-04-13T00:07:55-06:00April 8th, 2021|Categories: Club News, Communicator of Achievement, Competitions|

When the highest level of government was intent on suppressing the truth about the environmental damage inflicted by the actions of humankind, forbidding phrases such as “climate change,” “global warming,” carbon footprint,” and “greenhouse gas emissions” to appear in federal websites and publications, Karen Pochert Petersen spoke up. After her first thought of quitting her [...]

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Sandy Nance, 2020 National & Colorado Communicator of Achievement

By |2023-06-30T23:39:19-06:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Club News, Communicator of Achievement|

At the University of Colorado-Boulder in the mid-1960s, Sandy Michel decided to study advertising in the journalism school. First, though, she was required to take an introductory newswriting class. Her focus changed: Newswriting was more creative than she expected and she put advertising aside. “I decided I’d rather write about people than products,” said Sandy, now [...]

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Donna Bryson, 2019 Colorado winner

By |2019-05-07T00:28:49-06:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Club News, Communicator of Achievement, Competitions|

Veteran journalist and award-winning author Donna Bryson decided to become a reporter in her teens – after giving up her childhood dream of being a tightrope walker! Donna’s work for The Associated Press has taken her to Europe, Africa and Asia. She has written two acclaimed books. Her byline has appeared in top publications including The [...]

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Ruth Anna, 2017 Winner

By |2018-02-19T18:00:05-07:00May 5th, 2017|Categories: Communicator of Achievement, Competitions|

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 [...]

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Carol Anderson, 2016 Colorado Winner

By |2017-05-25T11:35:29-06:00July 9th, 2016|Categories: Communicator of Achievement, Competitions|

Carol Anderson is Colorado Press Women's 2016 Communicator of Achievement. Her career demonstrates, yet again, that a journalism degree can take its holder into wide-ranging professional realms. Much of Anderson's career has focused on involving more people in local and regional issues that affect them. She has been a firm believer in encouraging diverse people to [...]

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Barbara “Bobbi” Gigone, 2015 Colorado and National Winner

By |2017-05-25T11:35:29-06:00July 18th, 2015|Categories: Communicator of Achievement, Competitions|

In a wide-ranging career spanning more than 40 years, Barbara "Bobbi" Gigone compiled an impressive list of "firsts." First regular female news reporter at the Boulder (Colorado) Daily Camera First public information officer for Boulder County First director of the county's newly formed Department of Community Services In addition to her professional achievements, Bobbi has given [...]

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Sandy Graham, 2014 Winner

By |2017-05-25T11:35:30-06:00July 9th, 2014|Categories: Communicator of Achievement, Competitions|

Sandy Graham has parlayed a successful journalism career into grant writing for a beloved Colorado institution, the Children's Museum of Denver. While the transition may have surprised some people, Sandy saw it has an opportunity to use her research, interviewing and writing skills for a great cause. Despite only dabbling in small-time fundraising at her children's [...]

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Mary Alice Parmelee, 2013 Winner

By |2017-05-25T11:35:30-06:00July 28th, 2013|Categories: Communicator of Achievement, Competitions|

An editorial innovator, inspiring leader, patience of a saint, the most ethical person I know, walks her talk, a big heart, extraordinary sense of humor. This is how colleagues and friends describe Mary Alice Parmelee, Colorado Press Women's 2013 Communicator of Achievement. The award, given annually, recognizes a member who exemplifies professional achievement, community service and [...]

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