The Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship was established in 2007 by Wilson's friends and colleagues. The scholarship is granted to an undergraduate or graduate journalism student from the Bay Area who shares Wilson's commitment to ethical, responsible journalism.
2015 Pete Wilson Graduate Scholarship Winner - Max Darrow, Syracuse University
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Max is a senior Broadcast and Digital Journalism major at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Born and raised in Menlo Park, California, he never quite realized how cold upstate New York would be! He graduated from Pinewood High School in 2012, where he was the editor-in-chief of the school's paper, "The Panther Prints," for two years. At Syracuse, he is a member of the all-male a cappella group, "Otto Tunes," a brother of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and a news reporter and anchor at the student-run TV station, CitrusTV. Since his freshman year, Max has interned at KPIX-TV in San Francisco, WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, and KION-TV in Salinas. Working with both young and veteran journalists in three very different markets taught him so much about the craft. But his favorite part? Hearing their stories. Looking ahead, Max can't wait to begin this next chapter of his story.
"I am extremely honored to be this year's recipient of the Pete Wilson Scholarship. As an aspiring storyteller, this further fuels my passion for journalism. I hope that my journey will bring honor to Pete's name. A huge thank you to the RTDNF for this opportunity, it means so much!"
Suzanne Lysak, Associate Professor at Syracuse's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications said, "The faculty here in the Newhouse Broadcast and Digital Journalism program are very proud of Max. He was a student in my ethics class, Critical Perspectives on News. He was an active participant in our class discussions, which were always lively and often heated. Through this and his writings for class, I know he has a solid grasp of the responsibility of journalists to serve their communities, and also the need for professional journalists to insist on strong ethical standards in this era of digital and social media."