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Courtney Kueppers: 2015 Devroy Fellow

From a Virginia courtroom to a historic blizzard, the three weeks I spent reporting for The Washington Post
as the 18th Ann Devroy Fellow were nothing if not memorable, exhilarating and educational. I feel forever indebted to the many people who made this life changing opportunity possible and to the editors and reporters at The Post who graciously accepted me as a member of their team.

When I chatted with Ann's former co-workers in the newsroom, they almost always began by describing her as having "a big personality," but that remark was 100 percent of the time followed up by words such as "talented," "dogged" or "the best." I am both humbled and honored to be affiliated with a distinction that bears her name.

Many, many thanks to Craig Gilbert and Carol Guensburg for opening their home to me, to the UW-Eau Claire Communication and Journalism Department, my professors and classmates, Mark Matthews and the university Foundation.