About Becky Sarwate

Becky Sarwate was the 49th President of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association (2013-2017). She continues serving the organization in the role of Digital Marketing Chair. Becky is a freelance writer, contributing to a number of publications including Edge Media Network, where she reviews Chicago theater productions, and Wrigleyville Nation, chronicling the highs and lows of lifelong Chicago Cubs fandom. She also publishes a political/cultural column for Contemptor. In addition, she’s written for, RootSpeak magazine, NewCity, Make It Better and StreetWise. Becky is a multiple IWPA Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest winner, as well as a nine-time National Federation of Press Women award recipient.

Hacking the Constitution

It seems like the news is incomplete these days without a report of a new outrageous delictum by the most insidious of 21st Century thieves—hackers.

This year alone, to name a few, AOL, JPMorgan Chase, and Home Depot had sensitive data stolen, costing these companies millions of dollars to recover from the breach. Lives are […]

By |August 28th, 2015|FAN-Fair|2 Comments

Freedom to Mislead‘em

Not everyone has experienced working as a journalist before computers. Many people still at least have an idea because of what it took to do homework in school, be it research for a science project, history paper, or anything else that required checking references.

You may have had to get a ride from a parent […]

By |July 31st, 2015|FAN-Fair|2 Comments

IWPA Member Marlene Cook Featured on “Talking with Teri”

Media Network Idaho member, and current National Federation of Press Women President Teri Ehresman, has featured longtime IWPA member Marlene Cook in the latest post on her blog, Talking with Teri.

Ehresman’s blog seeks to profile a wide array of “valued, unique and unbelievable NFPW members.” Of Cook she writes:
A long-time friend I always look forward to […]

By |July 14th, 2015|News|0 Comments

2015 NFPW Communications Contest Winners Announced!

Wow! It was a great 2015 for members new and experienced, in so many communications disciplines!

The judges of the National Federation of Press Women’s annual Communications Contest have rewarded 23% of Illinois Woman’s Press Association’s members for their brilliant work in 2014. We are so very proud to announce the names of these amazing […]

By |July 1st, 2015|News|1 Comment

Introduction to FAN-Fair: Your voice matters

The IWPA is pleased to rejoin the National Federation of Press Women’s (NFPW) First Amendment Network (FAN) by appointing me, Diane Bushemi, as the FAN Contact for the Illinois affiliate.

As FAN Contact, it is my responsibility to keep our members apprised of First Amendment issues. As liaison for this subject, I am also charged […]

By |June 22nd, 2015|FAN-Fair|0 Comments

Show Your Love for National Federation of Press Women

The National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), of which Illinois Woman’s Press Association is the founding affiliate, received a matching grant of $1,000, from American Press Works to help NFPW end the fiscal year in the black again this year — so the challenge is on and the deadline is June 30. (NFPW year […]

By |May 27th, 2015|News|0 Comments

2015 IWPA Contest Judges

Max Ashrafi, Villa Park, IL – Ashrafi has been a graphic designer for more than 16 years and currently works for Allstate in Northbrook, Il. Max’s work has been published in a number of publications such as Pro Football Weekly, Basketball News, and Financial Matters. He is skilled in art direction and has also […]

By |May 17th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Activist Albano Wins 2015 IWPA Silver Feather Award

The 2015 IWPA Silver Feather Award goes to Teresa (Terrie) Albano co-editor of

Terrie has been with the publication since 2000, acting in various capacities including columnist, social media coordinator, and its first woman editor-in-chief. People’s World traces its roots to the Daily Worker, the first edition of which rolled off the press in […]

By |May 17th, 2015|News|1 Comment

2015 Communications Contest Winners

By |May 17th, 2015|News|0 Comments

2015 Mate E. Palmer Awards Profiled in People’s World

On April 23, 2015, Illinois Woman’s Press Association and its annual Mate E. Palmer Communications Contest were profiled on the People’s World website in a piece entitled, People’s World receives top honors from Illinois Woman’s Press Association. is a daily news website of, for and by the 99% and the direct descendant of the […]

By |April 25th, 2015|News|1 Comment