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For immediate release
April 3, 2024

Contact: Art Brauer, IWPA President
P.O. Box 567 Palos Park, Illinois 60464

IWPA Announces 2024 Communicator of Achievement
Friedberg Takes Top Award

Palos Park, IL – The Illinois Woman’s Press Association, an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), will honor Josh Friedberg as its 2024 Communicator of Achievement at its May 25 Awards Luncheon at The Public Landing in Lockport.

The Communicator of Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the affiliates of the National Federation of Press Women upon those members who have redefined “outstanding.” The Communicator of Achievement Award program is one of NFPW’s prized projects − an opportunity for members to shine. The recipient is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, service to NFPW/IWPA and to the community.  Mr. Friedberg is in consideration for the National Federation of Press Women’s 2024 Communicator of Achievement. Results will be announced at the June 20-22 conference in St. Louis, MO.

Josh Friedberg is an author, TEDx speaker, music historian, and public intellectual whose years with the Illinois Woman’s Press Association and the NFPW stretch back to 2014, when he first joined IWPA. 

He joined the NFPW in 2017 for his first entry in the IWPA Professional Communications Contest, which earned First Place in its category. Today he has earned twenty First Place designations at the state level and placed nine entries in the national contest from NFPW as of 2023. 

In 2021 he was elected to the IWPA Board as the High School Contest Chair, helping the contest grow with 36% more complete entries since his first year. He has served as a judge in the IWPA and NFPW High School Contests, diligently providing constructive comments for every entry he judges. He is in line to become the IWPA’s President in 2025.

“I was initially introduced to Josh at an IWPA Communications Contest Awards Luncheon, stated IWPA President Art Brauer. “I learned of his many inspiring and award-winning works. As time progressed, it became evident that this personable and talented individual was strongly dedicated to many facets of communication. IWPA is proud of Friedberg’s achievements and so to in honoring him as our 2024 Communicator of Achievement.”

IWPA, the state affiliate and NFPW, a dynamic nationwide organization, count their members from professional women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum. Its members work in print and electronic journalism, public relations, advertising, freelancing, graphic design, new media, marketing, photography, book publishing, education, government and more.  The organization is dedicated to professional excellence and the highest ethical standards in the communications field, and to the rights and responsibilities of the First Amendment. For more information about IWPA and its history, visit the Illinois Woman’s Press Association web site, https://www.iwpa.org.