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.
2015 Michele Clark Fellowship Winner - LaCrai Mitchell, Florida A&M University
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LaCrai Mitchell is a senior broadcast journalism student at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla. Throughout her four years at FAMU she has accomplished a lot: In 2013, Mitchell co-produced a nationally-acclaimed news magazine show that won an an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ student Emmy. In the summer of 2013, Mitchell studied abroad in Madrid where she completed her Spanish minor at the Universidad de Rey Juan Carlos. Last year, Mitchell interned with CNN in Atlanta, where she served as a CNN International Newsource intern. She also interned with CBS News in New York City for two consecutive summers as an Investigative Unit intern and a 48 Hours intern, respectively. This year, Mitchell was awarded two Knight Foundation Scholarships that enabled her to attend the 2015 Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference in Philadelphia and the 2015 Online News Association conference in Los Angeles. Upon graduation in December 2015, Mitchell will return to New York and work for CBS News as a News Associate.
"Young, beautiful, talented, and an amazing storyteller--Michele Clark embodied everything that I aspire to be. Receiving this prestigious award means that I get to take the first steps in being a part of a legacy that was created by an admirable reporter whose life was cut short too soon."
Dr. Ann L.W. Kimbrough, Dean of Florida A&M's School of Journalism & Graphic Communication said, "As a journalist, Ms. Mitchell has demonstrated a level of learning and competency that is superior to her peers and colleagues across the state and country. She has demonstrated a unique commitment to pursuing her academic and career goals with a superb level of scholarly achievement."