Virginia Professional Communicators

History Makers

Virginia Professional Communicators and its members have been leaders not only at the state level, but also on the national level. VPC is one of the largest affiliates within NFPW and has produced national presidents and Communicators of Achievement. Virginia also has hosted NFPW conferences.


NFPW Communicator of Achievement

Bonnie Atwood, NFPW Communicator of Achievement, Runner-up, 2016

Cynthia Price, NFPW Communicator of Achievement, 2012

Louise Seals, NFPW Communicator of Achievement, 1997


NFPW President

Cynthia Price, NFPW President, 2009-2011

Ulrich Troubetzkoy, NFPW President, 1967-1969


NFPW Conferences in Virginia

2007: Held in Richmond. Cynthia Price and Pam Stallsmith co-chairs

1987: Held in Williamsburg. Agnes Cooke chairperson

1964: Ulrich Troubetzkoy chairperson


Virginia Communications Hall of Fame

Several members of VPC have been inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

Bea Kopp (2010, posthumous)
Pioneering woman photojournalist for the Newport News Times-Herald

Ginger Stanley (2007)
Executive Director, Virginia Press Association (retired)

Eva S. Teig Hardy (2006)
Senior Vice President, External Affairs & Corporate Communications, Dominion (retired)

Louise Seals (2003)
Managing Editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch (retired)

Ulrich Troubetzkoy (2001)
Feature and series writer, The Richmond Times-Dispatch; Editor, Virginia Wildlife (deceased)

Martha W. Steger, APR (2001)
Director of Public Relations, Virginia Tourism Corporation (retired)

Sandra Mims Rowe (2000)
Executive Editor and Vice President, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and Ledger Star; Editor of the Oregonian, Portland

Pauline Allen Mitchell (1998)
Director of Community Relations, Chesterfield County (retired)

Myrtle Barnes (1993)
Managing Editor, Newport News Times-Herald and Newport News Daily Press(deceased)

George Crutchfield (1990)
Journalism educator, Virginia Commonwealth University (deceased)

Lois D. Watkins (1987)
Owner, Hanover Herald-Progress (deceased