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About Us

The Virginia Press Women Foundation is affiliated with Virginia Professional Communicators, which welcomes professionals across the communications spectrum. VPC supports high ethical standards and the public's right to know and offers professional development opportunities, all at modest cost. Part of the National Federation of Press Women, VPC hosted national conferences in 1963, 1987 and 2007.

Key Dates

  • 1958: Virginia Press Women organizes.
  • 1966: Agnes Cooke Scholarship is first presented. Established by Valerie Edinger, former women's editor of Richmond Times-Dispatch, the scholarship is still given annually.
  • 1973: VPW incorporates.
  • 1992: VPW creates and incorporates VPW Foundation.
  • 2014: VPW changes name to Virginia Professional Communicators. VPW Foundation increases scholarship to $1,000.

Our Impact

Since the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame was founded in 1986, 158 individuals have been inducted: journalists, educators, best-selling novelists, screenwriters, broadcasters, public relations and marketing executives, photojournalists and communications innovators. Twenty-six of the inductees are women, and 13 of them are or were members of VPW/VPC at some point in their careers:

  • 1987 Lois Watkins: owner, Hanover Herald-Progress
  • 1993 Myrtle Barnes: managing editor, Newport News Times-Herald and Newport News Daily Press
  • 1998 Pauline Mitchell: director of community relations, Chesterfield County
  • 2000 Sandra Mims Rowe: executive editor and vice president, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and Ledger Star; editor, The Oregonian, Portland
  • 2001 Ulrich Troubetzkoy (posthumous): poet, feature and series writer, Richmond Times-Dispatch; editor, Virginia Wildlife
  • 2001 Martha Steger: director of public relations, Virginia Tourism Corporation
  • 2002 Wilma Wirt: journalism educator, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2003 Louise C. Seals: managing editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • 2006 Eva Teig Hardy: senior vice president, Dominion Resources
  • 2007 Ginger Stanley: executive director, Virginia Press Association and Virginia Press Services, Inc.
  • 2010 Bea Kopp (posthumous): photo manager, Newport News Daily Press and Times- Herald
  • 2012 Margie Fisher (posthumous): editorial writer and political reporter, Roanoke Times
  • 2013 Dorothy Abernathy: bureau chief for Virginia and West Virginia, The Associated Press

In addition, George Crutchfield, the founder of the Hall of Fame as director of the School of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University, was inducted in 1990. He and several other members of the Society of Professional Journalists joined VPW at the same time SPJ opened its ranks to women.

Making Headlines

Every year, VPC bestows a Newsmaker of the Year Award to a noteworthy past or present Virginian. Past recipients include:

Vivian Carter Mason Margaret Sanger Marston
Penny Tweedy Eva Teig
Rae Elly Brig. Gen. Gail Reals
Annie Dillard Elizabeth Lacy
Eleanor Sheppard Dr. Georgeanna Seegar Jones
Dr. Betty Diener Patricia Kluge
Elizabeth Taylor Warner Lt. Paula Coughlin
Patricia Cornwell Virginia First Responders
Nikki Giovanni Adriana Trigiani (honorary member)

 

Board Members

The foundation's business is conducted by an elected board of members:

 

Our Affiliations:

Virginia Professional Communicators

National Federation of Press Women

 

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Invest in the Future!

We're in the middle of a capital campaign to benefit our scholarship program. "A Foundation for the Future: Investing in Excellence in Communications" seeks to raise $25,000 for our scholarship fund. We want to create a sustainable program that can continue to raise money and award scholarships to deserving college or graduate students. Help us meet our goal!