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Jo Ann Mitchell

Jo Ann Mitchell, American newspaper feature editor. Certified elementary and secondary teacher, Texas. Recipient Mark Twain award Associated Press, Dallas, 1980, First Place Business Column Writing award, 1990, second place Feature Writing award, 1990, Texas Managing Editors Association, Dallas, 1983, 88, School Bell award Retired Teachers Association Texas, 1988, 91, 92.


  • Mitchell, Jo Ann was born on February 16, 1935 in Hale County, Texas, United States. Daughter of Phillip Thomas and Lillie Adele (Henderson) Huffine.

  • Education

    • Student, Texas Women's University, 1954. Bachelor of Science in English, West Texas State University, 1964. Master of Science in English, West Texas State University, 1975.


    • Teacher English and journalism White Deer (Texas) School District, 1964-1965. Teacher English Pringle School District, Stinnett, Texas, 1966-1973. Radio news director Station KQTY, Borger, 1976-1984.

      Reporter Borger News-Herald, 1984-1985, Lifestyle editor, 1985-1998. Corresponding Station KAMR-television, Amarillo, Texas, 1986-1998.

    Major achievements

    • Certified elementary and secondary teacher, Texas.


    A member of a Christian Church should support all social initiatives having a purpose to maintain and strengthen well-being and progress of the whole community and its members.

    Party affiliation: Republican


    Regular ceremonies enable people to open themselves to God more fully. They help people to hear God's offer and challenge ever more deeply, and to allow God to prompt and enable them to respond.

    Denomination: Methodist


    The family is the most basic of human institutions through which people are nurtured and sustained in love, responsibility, and respect.


    Member Texas Press Women (writing awards 1988, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94), Panhandle Press Association (writing awards 1985, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 94), National Federation Press Women, Texas Hospital Association (2d place Silver Star award), Borger Chamber of Commerce (editor newsletter 1980-1984, publicity committee Women's Division 1980-1988).



    Photography, quilting, writing, hiking.


    • Married James Clayton Mitchell, October 30, 1954. Children: Jerry Michael, James Lawrence, Jana Lynn Mitchell Hill.
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    Born February 16, 1935
    Died November 27, 1998
    (aged 63)
    • 1954
      Texas Women's University
    • 1964
      West Texas State University
    • 1975
      West Texas State University
    • 1964 - 1965
      Teacher, English and journalism White Deer (Texas) School District
    • 1966 - 1973
      teacher, English Pringle School District
      Stinnett, Kentucky, United States
    • 1976 - 1984
      radio news director, Station KQTY
      Borger, Texas, United States
    • 1984 - 1985
      reporter Borger News-Herald
    • 1985 - 1998
      reporter Borger News-Herald