Michele Clark Fellowship
RTDNF's first fellowship is named for a CBS News correspondent who was killed in a plane crash while on assignment in 1972. Her family and colleagues at CBS sent money in lieu of flowers to create a fund in her name, endowing a permanent $1,000 award for young, promising minority professionals in television or radio news.
2013 Michele Clark Fellowship Winner - Chantee Lans | Website | Work Samples
Chantee Lans is a morning reporter at WPRI-TV/WNAC-TV (CBS/FOX). She covers overnight breaking news across Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Chantee reported on international, national, and state level stories such as the Boston Marathon Bombings, the trial and sentencing of Reputed Mob Boss James 'Whitey' Bulger, the arrest of former New England Patriots Player Aaron Hernandez, the election of Pope Francis, the Blizzard of 2013, Boston Red Sox World Series Win, and Rhode Island's legalization of same-sex marriage. She also worked at WFMY-TV, WAPT-TV, and CBS News. Chantee is the president and co-founder of NABJ’s first tri-state chapter called the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists.
"I am grateful and honored to win a prestigious award in memory of a young black pioneering journalist like Michele Clark," said Lans. "In her 29 short years, Clark made strides in the journalism field while touching the hearts of many. I aspire to one day leave my mark while achieving her level of success."
For a complete list of scholarship and fellowship winners update as they are announced, visit our 2013 winners page.