Emanuele Berry Wins Hearst National Radio News Championship

Posted on: June 18, 2013

CAS School of Journalism graduate and host of WKAR's Current State Weekend, Emanuele Berry, won first place in the Hearst National Radio Broadcast News Championship. Berry was one of 29 finalists who competed for the championship held June 3-6 in San Francisco.

This is not the first time Berry's work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards Program. In December, she was one of the top national winners for a radio story.

Both Berry and the School of Journalism will receive a trophy and $5,000. Finalists demonstrated their writing, photography, radio, television and multimedia skills in rigorous on-the-spot assignments. Media professionals who judged the finalists' work throughout the year and at the championships decided the assignments.

Judging the broadcast news completion this year were Edward Esposito, Vice President of Information Media, Rubber City Radio Group; Kate O'Brian, Senior Vice President of ABC News; and Fred Young, retired Senior Vice President of News, Hearst Television Inc.

The Hearst Championships are the culmination of the 2012 - 2013 Journalism Awards Program held in 106 member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. Participating members must have accredited undergraduate journalism programs

Berry graduated in December 2012 as a MSU Outstanding Senior with a double major in journalism arts and humanities. While a student, she worked with faculty in documentary film productions; was a reporter for Great Lakes Echo and talk show host; news director, producer and engineer for Impact 89 FM; reporter/anchor for Focal Point Michigan State; and general assignment reporter intern for WKAR Radio. She also served as an arts and information intern for National Public Radio (NPR) in Washington, D.C.

Berry says record producer and DJ Young Guru inspired her. He said 'Life starts now.' It's simple, but it's something that students need to know. Your careers and life don't just suddenly happened after college. It's already started. So if you want to make a movie, make one. If you want to be a journalist, be one, Berry notes.

In addition to winning the Hearst Award, she was co-winner of the 2012 Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize for being a curious lifelong learner with a passion for civil engagement. In 2011, she won the Ed Bradley Scholarship from the Radio Television Digital News Association and first place in the Society of Professional Journalist-Region for feature story photography. The following year, her daily newscast for Impact 89 FM won second place from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

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