Gwen Einspahr Lindberg, an Imperial native, was among three women inducted into the Marian Andersen Nebraska Women Journalists Hall of Fame at the Nebraska Press Women spring convention in Ogallala Saturday.
Lindberg’s nomination commended her talents as a writer, editor, photographer, publisher, artist, musician, community leader and sponsor who epitomizes community journalism.
She met her future husband/partner, Dick Lindberg, when he worked at the Imperial Republican and would come to Einspahr Drug Store for a cherry coke.
They later both worked for a newspaper in Texas before returning to Nebraska where they bought and operated the Sargent Leader. They later owned the West Point News and four other area papers before retiring in 1992.
She remains active in the West Point community where she has written two West Point history books, helped start an art club, supports community theater, hosted Vietnamese guests, taught Vietnamese cooking classes, serves as church organist and serves several organizations.
Marian Andersen, for whom the award is named, was a UNL journalism alumna who made her mark in community service. Andersen Hall, where the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications are housed, was named after Marian and Harold Andersen, a retired publisher and chief executive officer of the Omaha World-Herald.
Present to honor Lindberg at the induction ceremony in addition to the Nebraska Press Women were sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Sandy Lindberg of Fort Collins, Colo., Mike and Jody Lindberg of Lincoln, Greg Lindberg of Omaha; grandsons, Casey of Denver, Colo., and Charlie of Omaha; brother and sister-in-law, Boyd and Twila Einspahr of Thornton, Colo., and Elna Johnson and Lori Pankonin of Imperial.
Other inductees were Leta Powell Drake of Lincoln, an avid television pioneer, and Elia Peattie, a 19th century journalist and women’s advocate.
Drake maintains a 50-year broadcasting career, part of which she inspired thousands of children as the Wild West’s lady sheriff, Kalamity Kate. She also filled numerous community service capacities and wrote a book on the history of Nebraska’s early television shows for children. She now produces a “Live and Learn” Lincoln show for senior citizens.
Peattie, an early Nebraska woman journalist, championed for the poor and working women with her editorials. As the first Chicago Tribune woman reporter, she worked with her husband. They moved to Omaha in 1888 to work together on what would later become the Omaha World-Herald. Numerous organizations and charities benefited from her commitment.