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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Ann Devroy Fellowship
Winner Announced
MAILED: May 21, 2001

        EAU CLAIRE—While most aspiring journalists intern on small-town newspapers to gain experience in the real world, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student Leah Thorsen will be working as an intern at The Washington Post in January 2002 and have a paid internship at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the following summer. She also will receive $1,400.
        Thorsen, a junior journalism major from Grand Meadow, Minn., is the fourth recipient of the Ann Devroy Fellowship. “I was extremely excited when I found out about the award,” Thorsen said. “It’s still kind of hard to believe. It’s such an amazing opportunity and a great honor.”
        Ann Devroy was a 1970 UW-Eau Claire alumna who went on to become The Washington Post’s top White House reporter. Devroy, who joined The Post’s newsroom in 1985, died in 1997 at the age of 49. Family, friends and Post colleagues decided to honor her by establishing a journalism scholarship at UW-Eau Claire.
        “It’s really cool that The Post set this up when Ann Devroy died and I think it’s great that the journalism department offers this,” Thorsen said.
        After graduating Thorsen said she wants to find a job on a big newspaper covering legal affairs and doing hard breaking news. She got a taste of what it would be like while interning last summer at the Post-Bulletin in Rochester, Minn.
        Thorsen said she is looking forward to following some of the best reporters around. “It’s going to be exciting to go to The Washington Post and Milwaukee; the contacts will be great,” Thorsen said. “I hope to learn from people who do legal reporting.”
        Meeting people and working in a fast-paced atmosphere are just some of the things she enjoys about journalism. “I have a lot of energy,” Thorsen said. “I like to do a lot of things at once. I’m more of a deadline girl.”
        Thorsen will serve as editor of The Spectator during the fall 2001 semester. She has already served as a reporter, copy editor, chief copy editor, editorial editor and managing editor. With The Spectator creating an online version of their paper this semester, Thorsen’s duties have expanded to include keeping the paper up to date and approving the Monday issue.
        This summer she will intern at The Country Today in Eau Claire.
        Thorsen is very proud of not only her own work on The Spectator, but that of the whole staff as well. “We have the second best college newspaper in the Midwest,” she said. “It gives you a sense of pride.” She also said that any one of her colleagues could have won the award.

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Updated: May 21, 2001