Meet Nina Duncan, editor of SRP’s first newsletter

Pictured is Nina Duncan, creator and editor of SRP's first employee newsletter, reviewing the Current Newsletter.

Celebrating Women’s History Month by highlighting a trailblazing woman in SRP’s more than 100-year history.

Nina Duncan joined SRP’s Water Service Department in 1937, and by 1942 she had become the editor of SRP’s employee newsletter, the Current News. The newsletter began in 1941 as a small, employee funded endeavor meant to keep employees serving in WWII connected to the home front. With Duncan in charge the following year, and with SRP management agreeing to provide the funding, the Current News became a significant corporate publication and an integral part of life at SRP. During her tenure as editor, the publication was honored with several distinctions, including being named the Phoenix Advertising Club’s “most outstanding Company ‘House Organ’” four years in a row during the 1950s.

Nina Duncan retired from SRP in 1958. She had been so beloved by her colleagues that enough money was raised through employee donations to send her on an all-inclusive trip to Hawaii to celebrate her retirement. The Current News continued to be published until 1989, though a secondary newsletter known as the Pulse gained popularity beginning in the late 1960s, and eventually became SRP’s only employee publication. The Current News may be no more, but Nina Duncan’s contributions to SRP continue to be celebrated.

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Jodi Silvio

Jodi Silvio

Jodi Silvio is a Historical Analyst with SRP’s Research Archives. Jodi is a native Phoenician and two-time graduate of ASU, where she earned a Master’s degree in Public History. She researches and writes about the history of water and power in the Valley.

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