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Chicago – September 15, 2017 – The Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA) is proud to announce that Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas, the association’s Past President, and current Historian/Archivist, has been elected President of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW).

The National Federation of Press Women is a nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum. The election of officers was held September 7 during the 80th Annual NFPW National Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.

Before her election as president, Wolf-Astrauskas served NFPW as First Vice President.

She is the first woman from Illinois to be elected President of the organization since Helen Miller Malloch, NFPW Founder and First President, was elected in 1937. Malloch was also President of IWPA.

“Following in the footsteps of NFPW founder and past IWPA President, Helen Miller Malloch, I am reminded of the work ahead of us,” said Wolf-Astrauskas. “I encourage our members to be the change you want to see in the world.”

“It was a great honor for me to complete my term as NFPW President in Birmingham and pass the gavel to Marianne,” said NFPW’s immediate Past President, Marsha Hoffman “She brings passion and energy to NFPW that will help us keep moving forward.”

The Joliet, Illinois native was selected as the National Federation of Press Women Communicator of Achievement in 2013 and the Illinois Woman’s Press Association Communicator of Achievement in 2008 and 2013.

She served IWPA as President for two terms, 2nd Vice President/Membership Chair (2009-2005), High School Contest Chair (2012-2010), a member of the National Convention Committee (2010) and Book Fair Chair.

Wolf-Astrauskas is the author of Joliet, Images of America Series with Arcadia Publishing, The Joliet Rivals Club – a centennial celebration, and Leadership 1937-2013, The First Forty Presidents of the National Federation of Press Women.

She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, in Bloomington, Illinois, and lives in Tinley Park, Illinois.

The Illinois Woman’s Press Association, founded in 1885, is an organization of communications professionals whose objective is to maintain and improve the professional standards of members in mass communications in Illinois, to promote their interest, and to provide for the sharing of ideas and information. IWPA is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women.