Elenora Easterly Edwards, board member and a former ETSPJ president, will be honored on Feb. 6 during the Tennessee Press Association winter convention at the Double Tree Nashville Downtown Hotel.
A dessert reception for Edwards, immediately following Gov. Bill Haslam’s luncheon address, is a tribute to her 22 years as managing editor of The Tennessee Press, the TPA monthly newspaper. Edwards retired from that post last month.
TPA Executive Director Greg Sherrill recounted the hundreds of meetings, contests and committees that Edwards has covered for the newspaper.
“She writes the stories as if she were writing about family members, because essentially they are,” Sherrill said. “She has grown up in our industry and has known most of the characters for a long, long time. … We will surely miss her dedication to the publication, our Association and the TPA family. Thank you, Elenora, for a job well done.”
During her tenure with the publication, it changed from an 8.5-by-11 black-and-white magazine format to a 16-to-24-page color tabloid, often with additional special sections. Her work was previously recognized with a TPA President’s Award in 2007.
Edwards’ journalistic career began as a child watching her father publish the LaFollette paper. After stints on her college newspapers at Maryville College and the University of Missouri, she worked for 24 years for Horace V. Wells Jr. at the Clinton Courier News before becoming managing editor of The Tennessee Press.
Edwards says she plans to remain visible at TPA conferences and active with other journalism groups.
“I’m going to be around. I’m not ready to retire for good,” she said.