PINEDALE – Pinedale Roundup and Sublette Examiner reporter Joy Ufford received the American Legion’s Freedom of the Press Award at the 2022 Veterans Day ceremony hosted by Pinedale High School (PHS) on Friday, Nov. 11.
Pinedale American Legion Post No. 47 Commander Michael Edison, U.S. Army, honored Ufford with the award for “supporting the mission of the American Legion and promoting Americanism” and for “exercising the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – the right to freedom of speech.”
Edison commended Ufford as a “watchdog” for democracy.
“You have the courage to be a watchdog for the American people and share your findings with us as a member of the free and independent press,” Edison said.
Ufford thanked the American Legion and offered advice to PHS students assembled at the ceremony.
“Keep your integrity,” Ufford said. “Figure out in your heart what is right, what the bottom line is, and live up to it.”
Ufford began her reporting career with the Sublette Examiner in January 2006. She previously worked for years at the Jackson Hole Guide and had a freelancing career.
Ufford rejoined the combined Pinedale Roundup and Sublette Examiner editorial staff in 2015.
Ufford received multiple writing and photography awards from the Wyoming Press Association over many years spent working for the Sublette County press.