As a journalist and photojournalist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Diane Schmidt covers societal and environmental issues in the Southwest. Her print and radio commentaries on Jewish spirituality, anti-Semitism, climate change, Jews and Navajos, health and aging, and her profiles, book reviews, in-depth analysis, investigative journalism and photojournalism have won numerous awards.
Hadassah; New Mexico Jewish eLink; Intermountain Jewish News: Gallup Independent newspaper; Navajo Times; Chicago Tribune. Also radio commentator.
Diane J. Schmidt is an internationally published and award-winning writer and photojournalist. AWARDS: 2015 Two first-place AJPA Rockower Awards for News Reporting and for Photography, for the New Mexico Jewish Link, for coverage of the BDS movement. Numerous Society of Professional Journalists Rocky Mountain Region awards: 2016 first-place for Personal Columns for her Gallup Independent Spiritual Perspectives columns; 2015 first-place for Reporting: Education for "The Navajo Long Walk and the Holocaust," and second for personal columns; 2014 for radio features for NM NPR affiliate. She is a 2015-2016 New America Media Journalist-in-Aging Fellow, a Robert R. McCormick Poynter Institute Fellow 2012, and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Photography fellow, 1986. Member of the board service has included NM Jewish Historical Society (publicity), New Mexico Press Women ( as Chair, Communications Contest, 2015, doubled state participation and national awards for NM members), Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter (conference committee) and American Society Magazine Photographers board member, Chicago (surveys). For her coverage of a swastika-branding hate crime of a Navajo in New Mexico, Schmidt received a public safety award from the Arizona Press Club and first-place, News, Native American Journalist Association in 2012. Early on, covering the civil war in El Salvador as a photojournalist informs her writing today. Twitter: @dianeschmidt22. website: http://www.dianejoyschmidt.com M.A. English/Creative Writing, University of New Mexico; B.F.A. Photography, Rhode Island School of Design; B.A. Comparative Literature, Prescott College, AZ