Feb 12, 2009

Reporter receives "Crossing Borders Award"

Featured guests at the Feb. 12-13 Border Learning Conference in El Paso, Texas, to include:

- Diana Washington Valdez, author-journalist, "Crossing Borders Award" recipient

- John Burnett, National Public Radio award-winning national correspondent.
- Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times reporter and author.
- Antonio-Velvet, author and keynote speaker.

Conference sponsored by El Paso Community College and Dona Ana Community College

Reprinted from The El Paso Times
Times reporter earns Border Learning honor
Feb. 14, 2009

El Paso Times reporter Diana Washington Valdez received the Border Learning Conference 2009 Crossing Borders Award on Thursday at the Marriott Hotel.
The award recognizes her work as a border journalist and as author of the books "The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women" and "Cosecha de Mujeres," event coordinator Jeanne Foskett announced.
The Doña Ana Community College and El Paso Community College sponsor the annual conference, which brings together educators from Western states to discuss border topics.

Other guests for the conference that ended Friday were John Burnett, award-winning correspondent for National Public Radio; Sam Quiñones, author and reporter for the Los Angeles Times; and Luis Barker, former Border Patrol-El Paso sector chief.

- Times staff report

(The award for Ms. Washington Valdez, a former Las Cruces Sun-News reporter, consisted of a stunning work of pottery by artist Mike Walsh, co-founder of Paseo Pottery in Santa Fe, N.M. Learn about Paseo Pottery online at


"The Border Learning Conference is a continuing, dynamic program of presentations about teaching practices and issues, round tables, discussions and forums. Educators and staff who demand that education be about learning must attend what has become one of the most important conferences for professional educators in the Southwest. Plan to be at the El Paso Marriott Hotel on February 12-13, 2009. Throughout the conference you are invited to visit with presenters and with each other at the BLC Learning Café, or to post topics at the café for next year’s conference. Cross borders with us on February 12-13, 2009." -
Conference organizers.