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Tim Ruzek Wins
MAILED: May 21, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior Tim Ruzek will spend his next winter break in Washington, D.C., working at a residency at The Washington Post.
The residency is part of an award package for the winner of the annual Ann Devroy Fellowship, which is presented to a UW-Eau Claire journalism student who shows exceptional promise and ability.
As the fifth recipient of the $1,400 scholarship, Ruzek will complete his Post residency in January 2003 and intern at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison during the summer of 2003.
"I was pleasantly surprised and very appreciative when I found out about the award," said Ruzek, a journalism major from Austin, Minn.
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.
"The scholarship is something journalism majors should strive for," said Ruzek, who was introduced as this year's recipient during an April forum that included speeches by Post editors.
Ruzek said he is looking forward to working at the Post and Wisconsin State Journal because he can learn from respected journalists in metropolitan environments.
"I like the variety news writing provides," Ruzek said of his career interests, adding that his ideal job after graduation would be to work for the Post-Bulletin in Rochester, Minn., where he had an internship in the summer of 2001.
Ruzek wrote for his school newspaper in high school and held many positions at UW-Eau Claire's student newspaper, The Spectator, including Spotlight editor, chief copy editor and news writer. In the fall, he will be editor-in-chief. Ruzek will work during the summer as an intern at The Country Today newspaper in Eau Claire.
The Devroy award is a great honor, Ruzek said, noting that his hard working and dedicated colleagues at The Spectator helped him develop as a journalist and a leader. "It could have been any of them," he said of being named the Devroy Fellow.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 21, 2002