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Kay Mills L.A. Memorial

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When the Los Angeles Times wrote Kay Mill’s obituary, it noted that she had no survivors.

Kay’s memorial service on February 27, 2011 was a clear contradiction of that statement. She may not have had siblings or children, but clearly her reach was wide and deep among her friends, colleagues and her neighbors in Los Angeles. About 75 attended the service at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica.

Kay Mills Memorial

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About 50 people remembered Kay Mills at a Washington, D.C. memorial service Feb. 8 as an unpretentious and influential writer who shone a bright light on the unfinished job of justice in American society.

She was “a trail blazer, but also a trail clearer,” said Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. She was “an unwavering voice … (who) hated injustice” and who “made things happen,” for the good of a wide range of people.

Mills, who died Jan. 13 in Santa Monica, Calif., had a productive career as a wire service, newspaper and freelance journalist and author of five published books.

Betty Anne Williams remarks at Kay Mills Memorial

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Welcome, everyone. My name is Betty Anne Williams. Like all of you, I’m a friend of Kay Mills. Also like you, I’m stunned and still trapped in a state of near-disbelief that we’ve lost such a great friend. Kay was the personification of vitality and an important player in the world of news and media that we care about so deeply.

Peggy Simpson’s remarks at Kay Mills Memorial

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When I think of Kay, these are some of the words that come to mind:
Gutsy, energetic, smart, driven, sharp-tongued, cantankerous, impatient, generous.

These conflict, you say. As Betty Anne would say: SO???!! Kay was a complex person. Despite her abundant skills, she could come across as self-effacing. I can’t recall her ever promoting herself even when she should have.

She was self-confident and sure-footed, however.

Memorial Events for Kay Mills

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Friends, colleagues and admirers of Kay Mills are invited to join us as we remember Kay on Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  at National Public Radio, 635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001.

NPR is easily accessible from  Metrorail; the nearest stop is Gallery Place/Chinatown/Verizon Center.  There is also some street parking nearby.

This is being organized by her friends in JAWS, but we hope that her friends from other parts of her life attend as well.  We’ll have drinks and light refreshments as well as stories, memories and good jokes that Kay would have appreciated.

In Memory: Kay Mills, 1941-2011

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Kay Mills, a historian of women in journalism and civil rights and an inspirational member of the Journalism and Women Symposium’s founding board of directors, died Thursday, January 13, 2011, after a sudden heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 69.

Kay’s sudden death shocked and saddened her JAWS friends, who considered themselves Kay’s extended family, often housing her on her research trips. She in turn hosted countless friends who passed through Santa Monica.

Kay Mills – JAWS loses a legend

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We have very sad news.  Our beloved Kay Mills died Thursday, January 13, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. She had a sudden heart attack.

Kay has been a part of JAWS since it began, generous with her time, money and talents.  She was key in establishing the Eileen Shanahan Fund for a speaker at JAWS Fall Camp, mentored and nurtured countless young women on journalism and writing and has been a vital part in the growth and leadership of JAWS.

Remembering JAWdess Susan Lowell Butler

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JAWdess Susan Lowell Butler was a prime example of someone who took action when life tossed her lemons: She made lemonade, not by the pitcher, or the gallon, or the barrel, but by the tanker truck. Diagnosed in 1995 with two primary cancers, breast and ovarian, both in advanced stages, she learned everything she could about what she had to do to heal, and then launched a plethora of projects that would help others stand a better chance of surviving cancer in its many insidious forms.

Results of JAWS survey

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JAWS membership survey 2010 JAWS members who took the recent online survey endorsed much of what our organization is already doing: growing slowly from our current 400 to about 500 members across the country; organizing training workshops and embracing new outlets for journalism as the industry evolves; and rotating camps around the country to explore […]

JAWS Newsletter

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Sample of stories you’ll find in this edition: PRESIDENT’S LETTER:The Power of Networking By Megan Kamerick At the recent Edge of Change conference at the Poynter Institute I was struck by a comment by Pam Johnson, one of the earliest members of JAWS and one of the editors of the “Edge of Change” book. She […]

How I Remember Molly

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By Kay Mills, JAWS member

The first time I met Molly Ivins was in Houston back before half of you were born. A college friend of mine was working for one of the newspapers there (and they had two then, by golly) and so several of us got together and swilled down more bottles of Lone Star beer than I care to remember.

JAWS member heads major new journalism institute

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By Kay Mills New Institute and JAWS Can Work Collaboratively Q & A with Pam Johnson Journalists today know that they must innovate for their print, broadcast and online media outlets to survive. Key to developing those innovations will be the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, headed […]

In Memory: Nancy Hicks Maynard

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By Kay Mills, JAWS member

Nancy Hicks Maynard, who helped bring enormous changes for diversity within the media, died Sept. 21, 2008, in Los Angeles. She was 61. Her family said that she had been ill for several months and that her death resulted from the failure of several major organs, according to the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

In Memory: Eileen Shanahan

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Eileen’s death Thursday, Nov. 2, 2001, resonated with many people who she helped over the years. Her obituaries in the New York Times and in the Washington Post tell part of her story; the Maynard Institute tells another; the Washington Press Club another; a legacy.com site tells more. Here are some of our JAWS’ members thoughts.

In Memory: Joan Cook

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By Glenda Holste

The Joan Cook Fellowship Fund honors the extraordinary life of Joan Riddell Cook with grants to bring young women, particularly women of color, into JAWS at the annual fall camp. Cook, who died of breast cancer in 1995 in New York, was a founding director of JAWS, a journalist, a union leader, a moral leader and generous friend to three generations of people engaged in the work of making the world a more just place. She was one of seven named plaintiffs — and a moving force — in a class action sex discrimination suit against the New York Times filed in 1974.

In Memory: Theo Wilson

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By Linda Deutsch, AP Special Correspondent

Theo Wilson, a journalist whose coverage of America’s history-making trials from Sam Shepard to John De Lorean made her the dean of trial reporters, died early Friday (January 1996) in Los Angeles.

In Memoriam: Frances Lewine, 1921-2008

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By Kay Mills, JAWS member

Frances Lewine, pioneering journalist and longtime Journalism and Women Symposium member, died on January 19, the day before she would have celebrated her 87th birthday by going to the races.

“So many festivities were planned” for Fran’s birthday, said her longtime friend and former Associated Press colleague Linda Deutsch. A friend from CNN, where Fran had worked since 1981, had arranged to have that day’s fifth race at Charles Town Races named for her. “Fran’s lucky number was five.”

In Memory: Nancy Woodhull

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By Glenda Holste

Nancy Woodhull was at the podium introducing linguist Deborah Tannen, a long- sought-after speaker for JAWS camp. Woodhull had arranged to get Tannen on our dance card in Napa last fall. They were, after all, friends from when Woodhull was a news executive who had read “You Just Don’t Understand.” Woodhull not only got the message, she passed it on.

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