Julie A. Campbell, associate director of communications and public affairs at Washington and Lee University, has been named Communicator of Achievement for 2014 by Virginia Press Women (VPW), the statewide organization of women and men who are journalists, authors and communicators. The organization is the Virginia affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW).
Bonnie Atwood, president of VPW, said in presenting Campbell with this year's Communicator of Achievement award, "I know no one in VPW who better represents the ideals of this award than Julie. She is committed to the ideals of journalism and public relations, is an award-winning PR pro and author, and has dedicated much time and energy to VPW and NFPW."
Before joining W&L's Office of Communications and Public Affairs office in 2003, Campbell served as editor of Virginia Cavalcade magazine at the Library of Virginia, 1994–2002. Prior to moving to Virginia, she served as associate editor of publications for the Arizona Historical Society, editing the Journal of Arizona History; and, in Colorado, worked at Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine and as editor for HBJ Plastics Publications.
After joining VPW in 1999, Campbell quickly rose as a leader to first vice president in 2002–2004 and to president in 2004–2006. She co-chaired the 2004 VPW fall conference and the 2013 spring conference, served on the host committee for the 2007 NFPW Conference in Richmond and on other VPW committees.
In addition, she served as a judge for NFPW's Communications Contest for two years, has been a board member of NFPW's Education Fund since 2009, was appointed NFPW student membership director in 2013, and presented at NFPW's 2013 conference.
She has won more than a dozen awards in VPW's Communications Contest and six first-, second- and third-place NFPW contest awards.
Campbell's most recent book, "The Horse in Virginia: An Illustrated History" (University of Virginia Press, 2010) won three awards: first place in the non-fiction category of the 2011 VPW and NFPW communications contests, and the People's Choice Award for Nonfiction in the 2011 Library of Virginia Literary Awards.
She was principal author of "Studies in Arizona History" (Arizona Historical Society, 1998), for which the Arizona Historical Society received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History in 1999.