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June Spira Weltman '67 JOURN
June Spira Weltman '67 JOURN, won a 2012 first place national award from the National Federation of Press Women for mystery reviews that appeared last year in the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla.
Weltman's two winning articles were reviews of five books featuring girl detectives in the Nancy Drew tradition and Zora and Me, a children's mystery based on the life of Zora Neale Hurston. She previously received NFPW first place at-large awards for reviews in 2010 and 2011. She has won many news and feature writing awards during her career.
While a UI student, Weltman was a reviewer and feature writer at The Daily Illini and Champaign-Urbana Courier. After graduation, she went to work as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. She earned a master's degree in East Asian history from Georgetown University and went on to cover foreign policy for Congressional Quarterly Magazine in Washington, D.C. She later was employed as a writer and editor for government agencies, including the Peace Corps, and as a freelance writer and editor in Jacksonville where she resides.
Weltman is the author of "Mystery of the Missing Candlestick, " a mystery for ages 9-13 that won a special award from the Florida History Society. She teaches adult education classes in mystery writing and leads a class in international crime fiction through the University of North Florida's OLLI continuing education program.