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Rachel Minske wins prestigious Devroy Fellowship

May 14, 2013
 Rachel Minske
Rachel Minske

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior Rachel Minske, Northfield, Minn., has been awarded the 16th Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship, presented annually to a UW-Eau Claire journalism student who shows exceptional promise and ability.

The fellowship includes a three-week residency at The Washington Post, a $2,000 scholarship to offset the costs of the residency and a paid summer internship at a Wisconsin newspaper. Minske will work at The Post during her winter break in January 2014.

Minske said she is incredibly honored to have been named the Devroy Fellow and is eager to see what her residency at The Post will bring.

"It feels like a dream to receive this fellowship," Minske said. "I am most excited to see how a newspaper of that size operates and to learn as much as I can," she said.

Over the next year, Minske plans to continue producing news for UW-Eau Claire's TV-10; will serve as station manager for WUEC FM; and will work as an intern at Wisconsin Public Radio.

Jan Larson, associate professor of journalism, said Minske represents the journalist of tomorrow.

"Rachel is able to produce quality journalism across media platforms," Larson said. "At the same time, she remains committed to the fundamental principles and practices of journalism. Her goal is to provide the public with the information needed to make decisions about their own lives and the life of their community. Whatever area of journalism Rachel pursues, I am confident she will serve the public, and the memory of Ann Devroy, well."

Minske was awarded the fellowship at the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum April 25. The event featured Ruth Marcus, a columnist, reporter, editor and editorial writer at The Washington Post. Marcus also had a personal relationship with Ann Devroy and knew her well.

Devroy, a 1970 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, was a White House correspondent for many years. She joined The Post staff in 1985 and died of cancer in 1997. Family members, friends and colleagues honored her by establishing a fellowship and forum in her name at UW-Eau Claire through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

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