2018 Media Panel

Join New Mexico PRSA for its February Luncheon, Thursday, Feb. 22, featuring some of the top leaders in local news. We’ll have a media panel discussion featuring Phil Casaus, of the Santa Fe New Mexican; D’Val Westphal, the Albuquerque Journal Editorial Page Editor; and Cary Schwanitz of KOAT-TV. Learn what drives decisions in the newsroom, how to make your press release standout, and build relationships with media outlets.

The luncheon will be at Season’s Rotisserie and Grill, 2301 Mountain Road, Albuquerque, near Old Town. Tickets are $30 for PRSA members and $35 for non-members.

Phill Casaus, who has spent more than 30 years in journalism, most of them in New Mexico, became thePhillCasaus photo editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican in September 2017. Casaus, 55, is an Albuquerque native and a 1986 graduate of the University of New Mexico. He began his career as a stringer while in middle school at the Bisbee (Ariz.) Daily Review in the mid-1970s. When his family returned to New Mexico in 1978, he got a job as a stringer in the Albuquerque Journal’s sports department. The Journal hired him part-time in 1980 and full-time in 1984. He covered high school sports, the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Dukes and a variety of other beats before moving to the city desk in 1992. In 1997, Casaus left the Journal for the Albuquerque Tribune to become that newspaper’s deputy sports editor. He also served as city editor, managing editor and editor before the newspaper closed in 2008. He then moved to Denver as the senior editor for local news at the Rocky Mountain News, before that paper was shuttered by E.W. Scripps in 2009. Casaus became the executive director of the Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation in 2009 and remained there until joining the New Mexican. Casaus is married to Kathy, a Santa Fe native, and they have two children.

D’Val Westphal  has been the Albuquerque Journal's editorial page editor since 2017 and has been on theDValWestphal photo editorial board since 2005, helping determine the topics the paper will weigh in on as well as crafting editorials. She has been recognized for her writing on issues ranging from police officer social networking and county jail releases, to cockfighting and chimp testing, to a local Kendra's law and the cost to taxpayers for prescription drugs in prison. Her work is also featured in the newspaper's UpFront columnist rotation, writing for the front page on myriad topics of interest. Westphal has also written the Journal’s “Road Warrior” column since 1995. At last count she received more than a thousand reader inquiries regarding Metro-area traffic each year. Westphal came to the Journal in 1989 from the Las Cruces Sun-News as a copy editor and has since supervised the Journal’s courts and cops reporters as well as the wire services that provide the bulk of the Journal’s national and international news. Westphal has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and started out in radio, doing a drive-time show in El Paso with Don Imus’ brother, Fred. She has a master’s degree in print journalism from the University of Arizona and a doctorate from UNM in American Studies, with a focus on U.S. media coverage of war.

Cary Schwanitz -- Schwanitz has been a journalist since 1989 when he was first employed by KOB-TV.CarySchwanitz photo Schwanitz has also worked in Oregon and Texas. He came home in 1996 and has been at KOAT-TV ever since. He has been married to the beautiful girl he met at West Mesa High School for more than 26 years. Schwanitz and Gail have 3 children and will become empty nesters this fall.

Event Properties

Event Date 02-22-2018 11:30 am
Event End Date 02-22-2018 1:00 pm
Registration Start Date 02-12-2018 10:00 am
Cut off date 02-20-2018 11:55 pm
Season’s Rotisserie and Grill
2031 Mountain Road Northwest
Season’s Rotisserie and Grill
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