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Devroy Fellow makes Blugold connections in Washington, D.C.

| Diane Walkoff

Is it possible for one Blugold graduate to create a lasting legacy that continues to generate positive connections?

The answer is a resounding yes, according to Courtney Kueppers, a UW-Eau Claire senior journalism and political science major, who recently experienced the immense impact of Ann Devroy, a 1970 UW-Eau Claire journalism alumna whose career culminated in her position as a White House correspondent before her death in 1997.

Kueppers, of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, was awarded the 18th Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship this past spring, an honor presented annually to a UW-Eau Claire journalism student who shows exceptional promise and ability. The Devroy Memorial Forum and fellowship were established by Devroy's family and friends in 1998.

Kueppers, who worked as an intern for the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Minneapolis Star Tribune this past summer, visited with former Devroy Fellows as well as some of Devroy’s family members and friends during her time there. She looks forward to her return to the nation's capital in January 2016 for her three-week residency at The Washington Post, which is part of the fellowship.

The UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism department blog recently featured a post by Kueppers, where she shares a few of her summer reflections.

View the blog post

Photo caption:
From left: Ann Devroy Fellows Courtney Kueppers, Taylor Kuether, Breann Schossow and Janie Boschma with Ann Devroy’s widower Mark Matthews this summer near Washington, D.C.