Hearst Radio and Television Champ Finalists Named


The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has announced the five radio and five television broadcast students who have been selected to participate in the 53rd annual Hearst Journalism Awards Championship held June 3 – 7, 2013 in San Francisco.

The radio broadcast finalists are:

Emanuele Berry, Michigan State University

Nick Franck, Arizona State University

Lanny Holstein, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jessica Murri, University of Montana

Michael Rodriguez, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The television broadcast finalists are:

Lorne Fultonberg, Syracuse University

Steven Gallo, University of Florida

John Genovese, Arizona State University

Averi Harper, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Camila Orti, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

During the Championship, these finalists, whose work was selected from 183 entries submitted from 55 schools, will complete spot news assignments, vying for additional scholarship awards of up to $5,000. Also in attendance will be finalists in writing, photojournalism, and multimedia.

The broadcast judges, all professionals in radio and television, are: Edward Esposito, Vice President, Information Media, Rubber City Radio Group, Akron, OH;  Kate O’Brian, Senior Vice President, ABC News, New York, NY; and Fred Young, retired Senior Vice President of News, Hearst Television Inc., Yardley, PA.

There are 106 universities with accredited undergraduate journalism schools eligible to participate in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.  The Journalism Awards Program added photojournalism to the competition in 1970, and is funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.  The program awards up to $500,000 a year in scholarships, grants and stipends, and takes place under the auspices of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.


Jan C. Watten, Program Director
415.908.4560 or