1st Place, Enterprise Reporting, for "Con Man Posing as Native fools merchants, media" for Gallup Independent, New Mexico Press Women, 2014 and Honorable Mention, Columns/personal, for Spiritual Perspectives column /Gallup Independent, NMPW, 2014. Annual Conference, Hotel Encanto, Las Cruces, NM
More of her writing can be accessed at The Examiner where she has the Albuquerque Judaism beat.
Diane J. Schmidt is a writer, photographer, educator and public speaker. Her work addresses both the seen and the unseen worlds. She covers social and environmental issues in the Southwest and enjoys giving talks with her photos that document coincidence and spirituality in dangerous situations.
Her national awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship for her photo essays on the city at night published in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, and more recently 1st Place for enterprise reporting from the National Federation of Press Women, a Robert R. McCormick Fellowship to the Poynter Institute for journalism, and 1st place for news reporting from the Native American Journalist Association.
Memorable projects include the art photo book "The Chicago Exhibition," her memoir as a photojournalist covering the civil war in El Salvador, and producing health education materials and seminars for the Navajo Nation. She has a BA from Prescott College in Arizona, a BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MA in the creative writing program from the University of New Mexico. She and her husband live in New Mexico.