Apply for Grantham Prize — You Could Collect $75K

By Betsy Model, President-elect

Established in 2005 and considered one of the most prestigious awards given for environmental journalism, the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting is celebrating its fifth year and calling for entries.

The Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island is inviting all Society of Professional Journalists, New Mexico Chapter members who have created stories focused on the environment and natural resources and who have printed, broadcast or posted them in 2009 to apply.

The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment offers a $75,000 award annually in recognition of exemplary reporting on the environment.  Up to three additional entries will receive $5,000 Awards of Special Merit.  Entries must have been originally published, broadcast, or posted in the United States or Canada between January 1-December 31, 2009.

Entry deadlines: January 11, 2010 for books; February 1, 2010 for all other entries.

For more information go to, or email

CONTACT: Sunshine Menezes, Prize Admin., Metcalf Institute, URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI 02882; (401) 874-6211; Fax: (401) 874-6486; E-mail:; Web site:

Julie Ann Grimm, New Member and New Treasurer!

By Betsy Model, President-elect

You know, a funny thing happens when a snappy journalist who’s good with words is asked to write their own bio!  Julie Ann Grimm stepped in and volunteered a month or so ago as our chapter’s interim Treasurer and now it’s official; Julie Ann was elected Treasurer in the recent state-wide election and we’re delighted that she’s decided to come on board – and to the board! – formally.  When asked to describe herself to the chapter, here’s what Julie Ann had to say:

Julie Ann Grimm covers local government for The Santa Fe New Mexican, where she has worked for nearly seven years. The St. Louis native is a 2001 University of Missouri graduate and worked for the Associated Press in Albuquerque for two years before joining the staff at the oldest family-owned newspaper in New Mexico (and run by a woman to boot!). She reached the summit of her first 14,000 foot peak this summer, and has hiked the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail. She is an avid reader, fireside chatter and letter-writer who also sings in her church choir. She shares her home with husband Michael and three no-longer-feral cats. She wears sensible shoes and loves walking on the Santa Fe streets (and their sidewalks).

Welcome New Member Mary-Charlotte Domandi, NPR/KSFR Host

By Betsy Model, President Elect

Diversity – in people, in media type and in New Mexico locale – is part of what the SPJ New Mexico chapter is striving for and we’re thrilled to not only welcome a new member but one from radio broadcasting.

A well-known voice in the greater Santa Fe market, Mary-Charlotte Domandi is producer and host of the Santa Fe Radio Cafe on NPR affiliate station KSFR 101.1 FM.  Mary-Charlotte’s program consists of in-depth, provocative interviews with leading subjects on politics, the environment, literature, art, science and the local Santa Fe scene, including a monthly segment with Bill Hutchison on animal welfare.  Mary-Charlotte holds degrees from Yale University and St. John’s College and, when not on the air with KSFR, is also a Latin music DJ, has interviewed numerous distinguished Latin musicians and has studied social and folkloric dance in Cuba.  More information about Mary-Charlotte’s programs and the Santa Fe Radio Café can be found online at www.santaferadiocafe.or.