Missouri Communicators Win National Awards

Eight members of the Missouri Affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women won 14 awards in this year's national contest. The 2004 competition drew about 1,000 entries in 66 major categories. To be considered on the national level, an entry must win first place at the state level.

Kristen Peterson of Frontenac, self-employed photographer, led Missouri winners in the national event with three firsts, including a rotating subject, "America the Beautiful," and one second in her field.

An array of first-place awards were named among the other Press Women contest categories.

Roberta Duyff of Ballwin, a registered dietitian, received first place for her book, "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association," and two second-place awards, including an instructional nutrition book.

Linda Matz Mantle of University City, executive editor of St. Louis Jewish Light, received first place and third place for newspaper-related publications.

Other Missouri members receiving top category awards in the national contest were: Janice Denham of Kirkwood, for the Suburban Journals' food section; Joan Gilbert of Hallsville, for a chapter of poetry in New Ground literary magazine; Kathie Sutin of Olivette, for sports and leisure articles in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper, and Joan Thomas of St. Louis, for research into the "Field of Dreams Mystique."

Tresa McBee of Springfield captured second place for personality profiles Awards will be presented Sept. 11 at the NFPW Communications Conference in Lexington, Ky. she wrote for the Springfield News-Leader newspaper.

NFPW is an organization of professional journalists and communicators in journalism, public relations, education, publishing and other fields. For more than 60 years, it has promoted the highest ethical standards in communications and provided professional development, youth programs, networking and protection of First Amendment rights.