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Marilyn Newton (Gazette-Journal) Scenic Nevada Heroe

Marilyn Newton has been with the Reno Gazette-Journal since 1963.

But she started her journalism career six years earlier when at the tender age of 12 she was hired by the Carson City Nevada Appeal as a papergirl making her among the first paid papergirls in the country.

She had her first story (a two paragraph sports story) published at the age of 12 and her first photo published just a year later. She continued working for the Appeal throughout high school and for a year after graduation.

She then attended the University of Nevada for one semester. Then she was hired by with Reno Evening Gazette. Within a week she wrote her first front-page story and within six months she was packing a camera.

She has won almost 400 national, regional and state awards.

In 1978 and 2006 she won the Sweepstakes Award for the National Federation of Press Women beating out all other photographers and writers in the county.

In 1992 she was named Nevada Photographer of the Year.

In 2002 she was inducted into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame and that year also won the national media award presented by the National Leukemia Society for her photos of a childhood cancer cluster.

She has published three books thus far. Two were collaborative efforts. The first was a photo book of the great Nevada flood of 1997. The second, also published in 1997, was the Donner Party Chronicles. written by Frank X. Mullen, Newton and photographed by Newton.

Alkali Angels was both written and photographed by her and published in 2004. That book records Nevada's historic graveyards.

She was also hired as a photographer for the America 24/7 project which documented the country during a single week in 2003.

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