Congratulations to Beth Bower, WPC board member and former WPC president, on being awarded Kansas Professional Communicators’ highest honor: the 2021 Communicator of Achievement! The COA is given
in recognition of professional accomplishments, community service and affiliate service to KPC and the National Federation of Press Women.
Beth is a freelance writer, editor and producer who you’ll probably recall gave a presentation to WPC about her “The Pie Way … Kansas Style” cookbook and documentary. She’s an award-winning communicator who has worked at The Wichita Eagle, The Kansas Times, The Oldtown Gazette and The Daily Reporter. As a member of WPC, KPC and NFPW since 1997, she’s served as WPC president, vice president, annual fundraising/mixer chair and publicity chair as well as on the WPC scholarship committee.
Beth’s community service extends beyond her passion for communication, as she has led the Wichita chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food and also served as an AIWF national board member. She’s served in numerous other leadership roles, including the Butler Community College Culinary & Hospitality Advisory Board; the Exploration Place anniversary and Death by Chocolate committees; the Alzheimer’s Association Advisory Board; March of Dimes board; Independent Living Resource Center Development Board and Older Adult Visioneering Board. Beth’s reputation as a food and wine expert has also become widely known from her partnership with her husband, Guy, who hosts a popular fine-wine half-hour show aired weekly on Wichita’s KNSS radio. Together, they are an event-planning power duo and have raised thousands of dollars for various charities.
Notable among Beth’s achievements is her service to country. Beth served as the second female helicopter mechanic in the Air Force and the first-ever female helicopter mechanic in the Tactical Air Command.
– Cheryl Miller, KPC’s COA co-coordinator