Dog Writers Association of America Inducts New Leadership Team

The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA), the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs, proudly announces its new leadership team.

At its annual banquet and awards event held in New York City on the eve of Westminster Kennel Club’s dog show, the following officers were inducted:

Carol Bryant, President; Maggie Marton, Vice President; Kristin Avery, Secretary; Marsha Pugh will continue in the role of Treasurer.

L to R: Kristin Avery, Maggie Marton, Carol Bryant, front: Jill Rappaport with Stanley

“I look forward to serving the current roster of DWAA members, escalating the role of the pet blogger and social media influencer, and always improving on the written and spoken word in the name of dog,” Bryant shared. “What an honor to lead this  organization designed for those involved in creative endeavors that promote the interest of dogs.”

The new team is familiar names in the digital pet park that is the Internet. Bryant, Marton, and Avery all run their own successful pet blogs in addition to being published writers in pet and traditional publications. The Dog Writers Association of America strives to strengthen the careers of our members, and the new batch of officers share in that vision.

During the banquet, NBC Correspondent Jill Rappaport, host of Animal Planet’s “Dog Bowl,” and renowned radio host and pet journalist Steve Dale of Steve Dale’s Pet World, delivered rousing keynote addresses. View the program by clicking below:

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Attendees competed for the coveted Maxwell Medallions, named for dog writing legend Maxwell Riddle, in a variety of categories ranging from newspaper articles to blog entries and more. Over $16,000 was awarded by sponsors in the special awards categories.

Regular winners of DWAA awards for this year can be viewed here.

Special award winners from our esteemed sponsors can be viewed here.

The 2020 awards event is in the process of being designed by new Banquet Chair, Darlene Bryant. Leading the helm as the new Contest Chair is dog blogger, Bryn Nowell. Rounding off the pack of new officers is Laurie Williams, as the newest board member. Williams is the founder of Pup ‘N Iron, LLC and a prolific dog writer.

To become a member or renew membership, access membership benefits and more, visit the Dog Writers Association of America website at