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Communicators, friends and members of the public are welcome to join the Illinois Woman’s Press Association for its 78th Annual Mate E Palmer Professional Communications Contest Award Luncheon.

Enjoy a fabulous four-course meal at Zia’s Lago Vista on Chicago’s North Side as we honor:

* Professional & High School Contest Winners
* The Communicator of Achievement for 2019, Cindy Cruz
* The Silver Feather Award Recipient, Tim Libretti

And be inspired by our keynote speaker Linda Gartz!

Six-time Emmy-honored Linda Gartz is a documentary producer, author, blogger and educator. Her documentaries and TV productions

Linda Gartz

have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and Investigation Discovery, syndicated nationwide. Her educational videos include Begin with Love, hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Grandparenting, hosted by Maya Angelou. Gartz’s articles and essays have been published in literary journals, online, and in local and national magazines and newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune. Linda studied at both Northwestern University and the University of Munich, and has lived most of her adult life in Evanston, IL. She earned her B.A. and M.A.T. degrees from Northwestern.

Linda grew up on Chicago’s West Side and came of age during her neighborhood’s racial change in the 1960s. She was inspired to write Redlined after discovering her family’s letters and diaries documenting most of the twentieth century, including her community’s rapid transition from virtually all-white to mostly black in a matter of months.

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