Lisa Elmore: 2017 Gladys Whitley Hearst Outstanding Member Honoree

Written by Sophia Lopez. Lisa Elmore – Austin native, almost – Broadway star, and all-around hilarious human being – is this year’s Outstanding Member Honoree. Currently a Project Director at TMF Health Quality Institute and immediate past president for WCA, Lisa has progressed from being an enthusiastic volunteer to stepping forward into the organization’s three-year leadership […]

Dana Marruffo: 2017 President’s Award Honoree

  Written by Jennifer Van Gilder. Dana Marruffo, Founder of Buzz Public Relations and this year’s President’s Award honoree, has been instrumental in promoting individuals and positioning companies as leaders in their respective markets for over 16 years. An active volunteer in her local community, Dana currently sits on the Board of WCA/Freelance Austin and SMBAustin; is a […]

Stephanie Chiarello-Noppenberg: 2017 Anne Durrum Robinson Creative Initiative Honoree

Written by Roberta Coffin. “All the world’s a stage,” yet who knew that one day this semi-professional ballerina would not only work with the Texas state legislature, but also become a heralded satirist and theatrical producer whose first four-weekend run was a more-than-sold-out success. Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg, WCA’s 2017 Anne Durrum Robinson Creative Initiative Honoree, […]

Wanda Cash: 2017 Liz Carpenter Lifetime Achievement Honoree

Written by Catherine Cromer. Wanda Garner Cash, a community newspaper veteran with more than 25 years’ experience and former Associate Director of the University of Texas School of Journalism, is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Honoree. During her 10 years at UT, Wanda served as a clinical professor, the first Fellow to the S. Griffin Singer Professorship, […]

Valerie Salinas-Davis: 2017 Outstanding Austin Communicator Honoree

Written by Kristen Hicks. Valerie Salinas-Davis, founder and CEO of EnviroMedia, is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Austin Communicator award. In her day-to-day work, Valerie guides clients toward innovative strategies that can improve both profitability and sustainability. She facilitates sustainability visioning for Fortune 500 CEOs, and is sought after to speak at national water, […]

Eleanor Moore: 2017 Gene Barnwell Waugh Mentor Honoree

Written by Maria Cammack.    Eleanor Moore is this year’s recipient of the Gene Barnwell Waugh Mentor Award.  Eleanor was the Director of Scholarships and Donor Relations for the Texas Exes, UT Austin’s alumni association, and official Den Mother, for 25 years before retiring in 2011. Under her leadership, more than 14,000 UT students received more […]

Sarah Bloodworth: 2017 Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship Recipient

In Sarah Bloodworth‘s own words: When I was little I wanted to be a pirate, but that didn’t work out. Now I’m utilizing my curiosity to explore and learn by pursuing journalism at The University of Texas. I grew up in a small Texas town called Cedar Creek where I quickly learned that I enjoyed writing […]

Ala’a Ibrahim: 2017 Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship Recipient

Ala’a Ibrahim is studying multimedia journalism and business at the University of Texas at Austin. As a visual journalist, her experience revolves around video production, documentary film, and reporting. She is currently a multimedia intern at Austin’s NPR affiliate, KUT. Ibrahim is also president of UT Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. In […]

Banner Brunch Award Nominations: the ‘2-Minute Pre-Nomination’

Written by the Banner Awards Selection Committee.  Would you like to nominate a high profile, truly deserving Austin communicator for a Banner Award, but you don’t know them well enough to complete the nomination application? Problem solved!   From now until January 25 WCA members may submit a 2-Minute Pre-Nomination! Along with your suggested nomination […]

Meet Quita Culpepper, Outstanding Austin Communicator Award Winner

Like a true Austinite, Quita Culpepper loves live music and breakfast tacos. Quita has made a successful news career in Austin, and it is clear that the community loves her. She won best TV anchor in the Austin Chronicle Best of Austin Awards in 2014 and 2015, won best TBV reporter in 1999, 2003, 2004, […]