Reporter’s notebook: Former Clovis resident inducted into hall of fame

Faye Plank is in the hall of fame. The 92-year-old former Clovis resident was inducted into the (Texas) Panhandle Press Association’s elite group earlier this month, more than 30 years after she began working as a reporter.

Plank, who now lives in Dalhart, Texas, said she started her journalism career in the 1970s at the Curry County Times when she was 60.

Since then, her list of awards has included the New Mexico Woman of Achievement honor, which led to her being honored with the National Woman of Achievement by the National Federation of Press Women.

Plank has owned and operated her own newspaper and was an editor at the Dalhart Daily Texan before retiring in 2001.

She has been a member of numerous press associations, specifically those related to women in media, along with civil and social organizations in New Mexico and Texas.

She was once asked if she had advice for future reporters based on her experiences. Her reply: “Heavens no. Do your own thing. We did our own thing, let them do theirs.”

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Leslie Radford. The Dalhart Texan contributed to this report. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is: rick_white@link.freedom.com