Abe Schechter Graduate Scholarship
Abe Schechter, a true pioneer of radio news, became the first vice president of news for NBC. He began his career in newspapers, then moved to radio. During World War II, he became senior public relations officer for General MacArthur. He eventually returned to NBC where he helped create the Today show. From there, he became part owner of the Mutual Broadcasting System. In the 1960s Schechter founded a PR firm that he and his business partner, former RTDNF Trustee George Glazer subsequently sold to Hill & Knowlton. Schechter and his wife died in a car accident in 1989, and this $2,000 scholarship was established in his memory.
2013 Abe Schechter Graduate Scholarship Winner - Joe Baur | Website
Joe Baur is a freelance writer, filmmaker and satirist with a diverse array of interests, including travel, adventure, craft beer, health, urban issues, culture and politics. He ranks his allegiances in the order of Cleveland, the state of Ohio and the Rust Belt, and enjoys a fried egg on a variety of meats. Joe has a B.A. in Mass Communication with a focus on production from Miami University. Follow him at joebaur.com and on Twitter @BaurJoe
"Receiving the 2013 Abe Schechter Scholarship is an honor not only because I get to say my name in the same sentence as this pioneer in radio news, but because it allows me the opportunity to receive an international media education at a time when better understanding one another from an international perspective could not be more important," said Baur. "Because of this opportunity offered to me by the Radio Television Digital News Association and Mr. George Glazer of the First Amendment Banquet, I will be closer to my goal of making an impact in the world of ethical journalism. Thank you."
For a complete list of scholarship and fellowship winners update as they are announced, visit our 2013 winners page.