Communicator of Achievement

Communicator of Achievement2023-12-05T23:18:18-07:00

COA is the highest honor bestowed by Colorado Press Women upon members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their profession. The recipient is then entered into competition with COA’s from other states for recognition as the NFPW Communicator of Achievement. This honor recognizes exceptional achievement in the communications field, service to CPW and NFPW and to the community.

  • 2022 Marilyn Saltzman*
  • 2021 Karen Porchert Petersen
  • 2020 Sandy Michel Nance*
  • 2019 Donna Bryson
  • 2017 Ruth Anna
  • 2016 Carol Anderson
  • 2015 Barbara “Bobbi” Gigone *
  • 2014 Sandy Graham
  • 2013 Mary Alice Parmelee
  • 2012 Gay Porter DeNileon
  • 2011 Teresa Ford
  • 2010 Ann Lockhart **
  • 2009 Lee Anne Peck
  • 2008 Judi Buehrer **
  • 2007 Marilyn Saltzman
  • 2006 Joyce Davis
  • 2005 Sandy Nance
  • 2004 Marilyn Saltzman
  • 2003 Miriam Goldberg
  • 2002 Judy Taylor
  • 2001 None
  • 1999-2000 Lori Rapp
  • 1998 Rosann Doran
  • 1997 Sandy Graham
  • 1996 Carole McKelvey
  • 1995 Juliet Wittman
  • 1994 Marlys Duran
  • 1993 Ruth Anna
  • 1992 Glennys McPhilimy
  • 1991 Marilyn Saltzman
  • 1990 Patricia Petty
  • 1989 Miriam Goldberg
  • 1988 None
  • 1987 Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
  • 1986 Ann Lockhart
  • 1985 Ann Feeney
  • 1984 Wilma Buck Gager
  • 1983 Ruth Gillespie Lehman
  • 1982 Barbara Gigone
  • 1981 Helene Wentzel
  • 1980 June Valentine Barker
  • 1979 Joanne Easley Arnold *
  • 1978 Kathy Piper *
  • 1977 Hassell Bradley
  • 1976 Reynelda Muse
  • 1975 Kay Woestendiek
  • 1974 Leatha Flanders
  • 1973 Sue Mosier
  • 1972 Lucille Hastings
  • 1971 Olga Curtis
  • 1970 Anne Thompson
  • 1969 Vera Chance
  • 1968 Helen Cudworth
  • 1967 Virginia Green Millikin
  • 1966 Anna Petteys
  • 1965 Goldianne Thompson
  • 1964 Helen Lowrie Marshall
  • 1963 Nell Womack Evans
  • 1960-62 None
  • 1959 Jane Sterling (Doris Hilton)

* Also named National Communicator of Achievement
** Also named Runnerup, National Communicator of Achievement

Sharon Almirall — 2024 Colorado Winner & National Runner-up

By |February 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 [...]

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Marilyn Saltzman – 2023 National & Colorado Communicator of Achievement

By |April 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 [...]

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Karen Pochert Petersen, Colorado 2021 Communicator of Achievement

By |April 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 [...]

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Sandy Nance, 2020 National & Colorado Communicator of Achievement

By |April 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 [...]

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Donna Bryson, 2019 Colorado winner

By |April 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 [...]

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