About Us

Who We Are

Press Women of Texas (PWT) is a non-profit organization open to men and women. It was founded in 1893 and is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. It has been furthering the work of women in journalism and related professions for more than a century. Supporting more than just women in journalism, the organization advocates many causes, including education, preservation of library and archive materials, and the importance of scholarships.

Interested in joining our organization? Find out more on our membership page and become a part of PWT today!

Our History

Press Women of Texas’ rich history began May 10, 1893, as the Texas Woman’s Press Association (TWPA) in the Windsor Hotel in Dallas, Texas, by a group of journalists attending the Texas Press Association (TPA) meeting. Aurelia H. Mohl of Houston led 38 females representing 18 Texas towns to establish TWPA’s original charter, and it became on of the nation’s first organizations to promote the career interests of women journalists.

Since 1893, TWPA has experienced many changes. It was incorporated as Texas Press Women, Inc. in 1961, and later became Press Women of Texas (PWT). In 1987, PWT received two special grants: a $10,999 Rosella H. Werlin estate endowment to establish the Werlin Workshop featuring well-known personalities at PWT conferences; and a $5,000 Ann Faragher Foundation grant to fund the annual Ann Faragher Communications Contest Sweepstakes Award.

In 1987, PWT, a group originally formed to encourage women communicators, experienced one of its more historical changes when members voted to open membership to both men and women.

*PWT’s archival papers are housed at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.*

Our Governing Body


President - Larry Arnold

Vice President/Membership - Sarah Cortez

Treasurer - Kay Casey

Secretary - Bonnie Arnold


Assistant Treasurer - Kathie Magers

Communications Contest - Kay Casey

COA - Cassy Burleson

Youth Projects - Kathie Magers

Historian - Janet McDaniel

Scholarship - Bonnie Arnold

FOI - Angela Smith

PR and Newsletter - Donna Hunt

Werlin Workshop - Cassy Burleson

Bylaws and Policies - Kathie Magers