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Senator Judith Zaffirini: District 21
Press Release
April 11, 2022
Contact: Laura Felix
Senator Zaffirini Wins 45 Awards from Press Women of Texas
Breaking her personal record in communication excellence

(AUSTIN)—Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, this week won 45 awards in the Press Women of Texas' 2021 Professional Communication Contest. Founded in 1893, the organization champions Firsts Amendment rights, supports women in communication and funds student scholarships.

She “swept” five categories, earning first, second and third place prizes for her speeches, press releases, advertisements, crisis communication campaigns and page designs.

The senator’s 17 first-place entries will advance to the National Federation of Press Women's contest, in which they will compete against the work of talented communicators from across the country. She also won 15 second-place awards, nine third-place awards and four honorable mentions in 24 categories.

"I am delighted to receive these awards from the Press Women of Texas, of which I have been a member since 1973," Senator Zaffirini said. "They reflect my longstanding commitment to excellence in communication, especially in my capacity as a legislator."

Notably, her efforts surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Laredo's boil water notice and Winter Storm Uri won first, second and third place, respectively, in the crisis communication category.

"Communicating during emergencies is integral to effectively serving the constituents of Senate District 21," Senator Zaffirini said. "I prioritize sharing timely updates, acting with transparency and adapting to meet their needs."

Of the more than 1,100 awards she has won for her legislative, professional and civic leadership, more than 400 are in communication, including this year’s 45.

Senator Zaffirini holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and PhD degrees in communication from The University of Texas at Austin, where she worked at The Daily Texan as a reporter, feature writer, copy editor, headline writer, assistant editor and special issue editor. The university and its Moody College of Communication named her a Distinguished Alumna in 2003 and 2016, respectively, and she received the UT Presidential Citation in 2013.

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Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, represents Senate District 21 in the Texas Senate. A strong communicator on behalf of her constituents, she has won more than 400 awards for communication projects, including 45 in this year’s Press Women of Texas Professional Communication Contest.