Awards

Silver eLit Illuminating Digital Publishing Excellence 2014 Arts and Crafts: Imagine Create Explore Boxed Set, Edited by Carol La Valley, Susan Lenart Kazmer LLC, 2013

Honorable Mention National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) 2013 Memoir: Skirting Traditions Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012, Written and Edited by members of Arizona Press Women, Wheatmark, 2012

Bronze Medal Independent Publisher Book Awards, How-To Craft and Hobby 2012: Explore, Create, Resinate: Mixed Media Techniques Using ICE Resin® by Jen Cushman, Carol La Valley Step-out photographer, Susan Lenart Kazmer LCC, 2011

1st Place Arizona Press Women (APW) 2010 Short Fiction: “The Bone Flute Maker” in the eBook: Vampires, Zombies and Ghosts Oh My! No Tree Books, 2009

2nd Place NFPW 2010 Short Fiction: “Silent Creek”, Falling Star Magazine, Summer/Fall 2009

Honorable Mention APW 2010 History Book: Fifty-Five Years of Health Care in the Rim Country, A Pocket Full of Stardust Publications, 2009

 2009 Outstanding Writing Award by Arizona Newspaper Association for:

“Brothers reunite at graduation”

Columns – General, First Place: “Popa watch me fly”

and “Purses are just modern bags of infinite holding”

(These were published in print in The Rim Review. First Place entries went on to National federation of Press Women Communications Contest.)

Special Articles – Travel Second Place: “Kilimanjaro hike brings brother adventurers closer together”, Rim Country Gazette, print edition, July 24, 2008

Publications regularly edited by entrant – Non-daily newspaper, Second Place: Rim Country Gazette

Personality Profile – More than 500 words, Second Place: “Carl Backus’ Honor Flight to the World War II Memorial” and “Tour of Duty for Lt. Backes”

and Third Place: “A Pretty Girl and a Wild Lad Fell in Love”

Honorable Mention: “Young singer songwriter balances college and her art”

Special Articles – Physical/mental health, fitness, self-help, Third Place: “The dawn of running therapy for six Payson women” and “A man and his dog”

Feature Story – Non Daily, Honorable Mention: “Brothers Reunite at Graduation”

2008 Arizona Better Newspapers Association Newspaper of the Year – Non Daily

Staff Award: Payson Roundup Newspaper, 10th consecutive year

2008 Arizona Press Women Communications Contest, News Reporting – Non daily
Third Place “Dog lost in car accident comes home”

2008 Arizona Press Women Communications Contest, Personality Profile, Honorable Mention: “Alive and kicking”

2008 Arizona Press Women Communications Contest, Special Articles – Education, Second Place: “Teachers turn lives around” and “Learning to function with autism”

 

2008 Arizona Press Women Communications Contest, Special Articles – Religion, Third Place: “In Laidback, Arizona” and “Mass in the Wild West”

 

2008 Arizona Press Women Communications Contest, Personal Column – General, Third Place: “They are not like us” published in The Rim Review

 

2007 Arizona Better Newspapers Association, Best Sustained Coverage – Series, Staff Award: “Solving our housing crisis”

2007 Arizona Better Newspapers Association, Lifestyle Feature, Second Place: “A promise fulfilled: Family publishes book years after her death”

2007 Arizona Better Newspapers Association, Newspaper of the Year – Non Daily, Staff Award: Payson Roundup Newspaper, 9th consecutive year

2007 Arizona Better Newspapers Association, Best Special Section, Staff Award, Progress Edition, Payson Roudup Newspaper

2007 Arizona Press Women Communications Contest / 2007 Outstanding Writing Award by Arizona Newspaper Association

“Happy ending”  and “Solving our housing crisis”

 

 

2006 Arizona Better Newspapers Association, Lifestyle Feature, Second Place: “Baby arrives before midwife, EMTs”

2007 Arizona Better Newspapers Association, Newspaper Column, Second Place: “I’d rather be a Lady Longhorn than an Appleknocker” published in The Rim Review

Other

Governor’s Housing Hero Award, PRN editorial staff award,  2006 for Housing Crisis series

Rookie of the Year, Xerox Business Services, Los Angeles Division 1989

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