Pat Szpekowski, an award-winning freelance writer and president of PR Strategies & Communications, Inc./PmS Advertising, Inc. in Elgin, IL, has been chosen to lead the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association in the organization’s 60th anniversary year.
Szpekowski’s election is groundbreaking because of her experience as a public relations strategist, an independent businesswoman and longtime newspaper contributor.
“It is an honor for me to serve as president of NINA as we enter into its 60th anniversary year,” she said. “Newspapers have been a part of me every single day of my life, whether cutting clippings as a child, reading up to date news, sharing news releases, writing stories, or working for 10 years as an advertising account representative.”
Szpekowski is an award-winning accredited public relations professional and national/international freelance writer whose stories and business profiles have been published in newspapers and local, regional and national magazines, including Air Chicago, Northwest Quarterly, Smart Living, and various Shaw Media publications. She is a regular correspondent for The Observer, the weekly newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford.
She founded PR Strategies & Communications, Inc./PmS Advertising, Inc. in 1987, and her strong community involvement has garnered local recognition, including the Elgin Community College Foundation community Lasting Impact Award; Elgin YWCA Leader Luncheon Marguerite Henry Communications Award; Suburban Chicagoland Public Relations Society of America-Lifetime Achievement; National Women in Management Charlotte Danstrom Award-Entrepreneur Service; Northern Kane County Chamber Business of the Year Award; Sam Walton Business Leader Award; State of Illinois Reaches Out Award-Community Volunteerism; Dundee Township Rotary Club-Rotarian of the Year; and Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce “High Five” Membership Award.
Szpekowski enjoys storytelling and capturing the essence of people, businesses, faith-based institutions, and not-for-profits. She is a member of a wide range of business and professional organizations with leadership positions.
In addition to her new role as president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association (NINA) board, she currently serves as Community Leadership Board chair of Amita Health Saint Joseph Hospital Elgin and secretary of the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce.
“Our local newspapers are the lifeblood of communication and democracy covering people and events in the city of Chicago and hundreds of communities across Northern Illinois,” she said. “NINA is proud to support and salute the accomplishments of so many publishers, editors, and journalists who carry the torch every single day.”