Press club honors Bartimus, Belton native

Tad Bartimus, who wrote a Teen Talk column for the Belton Star Herald years ago, received the Washington Press Club Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in February at the annual Congressional Dinner.
Bartimus was 15 when her journalism career began with the Belton Star Herald. Publisher Joe Mauer hired her to work on Saturdays, taking subscriptions and cleaning up the office. She began writing Teen Talk at 16, when she was a sophomore.
The 1965 Belton High School graduate became the first female AP bureau chief and was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice.
Bartimus and her husband have lived in Hawaii for the past 12 years. She is a volunteer writing coach at the high school where her husband teaches sixth grade. She writes a weekly commentary, Among Friends, for United Feature Syndicate.
While working for the AP, Bartimus covered the war in Vietnam, reported from Europe and Latin America and was a roving correspondent in the United States. She covered the construction of the Alaska pipeline just before being appointed AP bureau chief.
Since leaving the AP in 1993, she has been a professor of journalism in Anchorage and has served as a professor-in-residence at the Missouri School of Journalism, her alma mater, and other universities.
Bartimus was nominated for Pulitzers in feature writing in 1989 and 1991. She founded the Journalism and Women Symposium in 1985.
—from the Belton Star Herald

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