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Kelly McBride Wins Devroy
Fellowship from UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  May 20, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior Kelly McBride will spend her winter break in Washington, D.C., working at The Washington Post.

McBride is the sixth recipient of the Ann Devroy Fellowship, presented 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 $1,400 scholarship to defray the costs of the residency and an internship at a Wisconsin newspaper in the summer of 2004.

"When (associate professor) Jan Larson informed me that I'd been selected, I think I probably just stared at her with my mouth open for a few seconds," said McBride, a political science and print journalism double major from St. Louis Park, Minn. "To be honest, part of me still can't believe it."

Ann Devroy, a 1970 UW-Eau Claire graduate was The Washington Post's top White House reporter. Devroy, who joined the Post in 1985, died in 1997 at the age of 49. Family, friends and colleagues honored her by establishing a scholarship in her name at UW-Eau Claire.

McBride was introduced as this year's recipient during an April forum, which included a speech by Lou Cannon, a former Washington Post reporter and current contributing editor to the California Journal.

"In the end, I hope that all of my experiences serve to make me a better journalist and a better communicator," McBride said, adding that through this opportunity she hopes to strengthen her reporting skills and get a better idea of what kind of journalism she'd like to do.

McBride worked for her high school paper and has held several positions on UW-Eau Claire's student newspaper, The Spectator, including sports editor and news writer. She will be the editor in chief in the fall. This summer she is interning at the Leader Telegram in Eau Claire.

"Journalism is such a dynamic, unpredictable, ever-evolving field, and that's what's great about it," McBride said about her interest in journalism. Deciding to double major in political science was one of the best choices she's made at the university, because all journalists need to have a good working knowledge of politics, she said.

After graduation, McBride will complete her internship at a Wisconsin newspaper and would like to work as a political reporter for a daily newspaper or attend graduate school.

McBride attributes her successes to everyone who has pushed and challenged her as a journalist and as a human being - everyone from high school teachers to college professors to her co-workers at The Spectator. She also gives credit to her parents, who always encouraged and helped her but never pushed too hard.

"I am unbelievably excited to complete a residency at the Washington Post," McBride said. "I am so honored to have the opportunity to do so."

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Updated: May 20, 2003