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News about NSNC members

California Columnist Retires at 83, Plans To Marry

NSNC member Beth Ashley, a longtime columnist for the Marin Independent Journal in Northern California, has announced her retirement after 40-some years, 26 of them as a columnist.    Craig Wilson broke the news in his column in USA Today.  They met when she worked at Wilson’s paper a few months “on loan” from the…

Columnist writes book on restaurant chain founder

Mike Harden

Mike Harden was a regular attendedee at our conferences until 2008 when he was busy working on a book about a restaurant chain founder Bob Evans.  He collaborated with his daughter, Robbin, on the book “A Bountiful Heart.” Retired from the Columbus Dispatch, Harden still writes a twice-weekly metro column.

Cohen Wins SPJ Award

Laurence D. "Larry" Cohen

Laurence Cohen of the Hartford Courant won the First Place “Excellence in Journalism” award from the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the Op-Ed Column category.  He also received an Honorable Mention for his column in the Hartford Business Journal.

Texas Student Newspaper Wins Awards

Dave Lieber

The Black Cow, a student newspaper with Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Dave Lieber as its adviser, swept the Texas state scholastic competition by winning 55 awards.  The paper eclipsed its own record from last year and is credited with “vaulting Westlake Academy to journalistic prominence.”  (Read the full story from Alliance Regional Newspapers at…

Brush Still Meeting Her Deadlines

Dorothy Brush, an octogenarian from Tennessee, was not up to traveling to California for last year’s conference.  But she reports that “my brain is still working well and I continue doing two columns each week, plus a few features, too.” NSNC named her Columnist of the Year in 2004 for her courageous battle against cancer,…

Astor and Daughter Both Win Awards

Dave Astor, former Editor&Publisher senior editor who kicks off the 33rd annual NSNC conference with a panel discussion of “A New Generation of Columnists”, shared a second-place award in the annual New Jersey Press Association contest.  His weekly “Montclairvoyant” column helped The Montclair Times get that award in the best editorial section category.   Astor’s…

Brasch Honored by SPJ and Pennsylvania Press Club

Contest Entries Pile Up

  Dr. Walter Brasch, professor of journalism at Bloomsburg University, was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Pennsylvania Press Club (PPC) for his writings during 2008   His weekly column, “Wanderings”, was named the best commentary in the SPJ Spotlight Awards competition and was second in PPC competition.  His 2,500-word feature,…

HD Is Here: Haught’s New Venture


Are you ready for HD?  No, not high-def.  That’s old hat. It’s “Haughtline Dweethly”, an online magazine updated daily, weekly, monthly – or more often if the editor takes a notion. NSNC Newsletter Editor Robert L. Haught, with an assist from his wife, Mary, launched the new Internet publication March 1.  The magazine’s content is…

Florida Blogger Is Finalist in Readers’ Poll

MC Coolidge had just won a Florida Press Association award for column writing when less than a week later she learned that she was a finalist in the blogging category of Sarasota Magazine’s “The Best of 2009  Readers’ Poll.”   Her reaction: “kind of stunned and more than a little honored.”   “As an independent…

Suddenly Senior Overwhelmed

Frank Kaiser is delighted but overwhelmed at the response to his offer to print selected columns on his “Suddenly Senior” Web site.    The longtime NSNC member from Florida said he received about 30 columns following a notice in the March newsletter inviting the submission of columns that would appeal to his readers.  The nationally…