2013-14 SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Journalism Foreign Intrigue Endowed Scholarship
This endowment was established by a UW Journalism alum, and provides financial support for journalism students to work as intern reporters at a foreign news organization and to travel after the internship. The donor’s goal is to give journalism students an exposure to another culture outside of North America and a more thorough understanding of journalism and culture.

Melanie Eng-150x150Melanie Eng
Melanie Eng is an undergraduate at the University of Washington studying journalism, international policy and global communications. She has covered immigration, health care and social activism as a student reporter, and is a former arts + culture intern for Seattleite magazine.

Imana Gunawan-150x150Imana Gunawan
Imana is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Dance. She currently works as a news editor for The Daily, dance critic for SeattleDances, reporter for Northwest Asian Weekly and works as a freelance journalist, dancer and choreographer. Having grown up with multiple cultures, Imana is interested in reporting on diverse cultures and communities. In the future, she hopes to work as a foreign correspondent.

Cooper Inveen-150x150Cooper Inveen
Cooper Inveen is a journalism student at the University of Washington and an avid supporter of all things Pacific Northwest. When not writing, he can be found climbing mountains, playing music, and yelling exhaustively at his television.

Adiba Khan-150x150Adiba Khan
Adiba is a Bangladeshi-Swedish-American scientist and storyteller. She will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Journalism this summer. Adiba is a Mary Gates Research Scholar, and she has been deeply involved in research at the UW Pediatrics Department. This summer she will travel to Kenya for a global health reporting project. In the future, Adiba hopes to continue to be involved in medicine and writing.

Christopher Lopaze-150x150Chris Lopaze
Chris grew up in Yakima in Eastern Washington. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, and he has been a Dean’s List recipient for academic excellence six times. Chris has written for The Daily for a little over a year, and he was the ASUW beat reporter for two quarters. Chris was in the Olympia Program last quarter covering the Legislative session and interning at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association.

Excellence in Journalism
This endowment was established by a UW Journalism alum, and provides financial support for journalism students who have expressed their interest in a career in journalism, and to encourage the highest standards of journalism: to encourage excellence in thought and expression, to encourage the exercise of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and the press, and to advance the people’s right to know in a responsible manner.

Emilie Schwartz-150x150Emilie Schwartz
Emilie is a sophomore studying journalism with a minor in Law, Societies, and Justice. She is a marketing intern for University of Washington Athletics and a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. Her desired career path is working in sports journalism.

LaVendrick Smith-150x150LaVendrick Smith
LaVendrick is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Journalism. He has wanted to be a journalist since he was nine years old. LaVendrick worked on his high school newspaper and community newspaper before attending college. He now writes for The Daily at UW, and he looks forward to earning his degree over the next two years. LaVendrick hopes to one day utilize journalism as a way to enlighten people on issues they would often ignore.

Don Pember Journalism Endowed Scholarship
The Don Pember Journalism Endowed Fund was established by Communication alumnae Maggie Walker and Micki Flowers in honor of Professor Don Pember. Many other donors, both alumni of the Department and former students and colleagues of Pember, also contributed to the establishment of the scholarship. Don Pember joined the University of Washington faculty in 1969 and served as a mentor to many undergraduate and graduate students. He received the UW’s prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award in 1973 and was recognized two years later for excellence in teaching by the Carnegie Foundation. He retired in 2002. He is the author of two immensely influential textbooks, Mass Media and America (went through 6 editions) and Mass Media Law (now in its 18th edition).

Erik Erickson 150x150Erik Erickson
Erik is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Business. Before attending UW he received his Associates degree from Shoreline Community College. Erik lives in Mukilteo, Washington, and graduated from Kamiak High School in 2011. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing sports, writing, and being outdoors.

Cassie L. Bryant Scholarship
The Cassie L. Bryant Scholarship is funded by donations from many people in honor of Ms. Bryant. She was elected as the first treasurer of Theta Sigma Phi, which is now known as the Association of Women in Communications. This organization was founded on this campus in 1909. Early in Cassie Bryant’s professional life, she saw the importance of strong local and national organizations committed to the development of women journalists.

Taylor Winkel-150x150Taylor Winkel
Taylor is a senior majoring in Communication: Journalism with a minor in Political Science. She has been involved with the UW chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and volunteers at pro chapter events. Winter Quarter, Taylor interned for the Public Radio Bureau in Olympia covering the 2014 Legislative Session. Currently, she is a Morning News intern at King TV.

Northwest Asian Weekly Scholarship
The Northwest Asian Weekly Scholarship was established by Assunta Ng, the President and Publisher of Northwest Asian Weekly and the Chinese Post. Born in China, Assunta moved to Hong Kong with her family when she was five years old.  At 18, she decided she wanted to go to college in the United States.  Although her parents were opposed to her plans, they agreed to support her financially for one year — after which she would be on her own. She spent her first year in America at Portland’s Maryhurst College, and then transferred to the University of Washington. She earned her teaching certificate in 1976 and taught for some years. She came back to the UW for a master’s degree in Speech Communication, which she received in 1979. Her 1982 and 1983 founding of the Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly, respectively, was intended to connect an Asian community that was greatly ignored by other newspapers in Seattle. Assunta has been honored many times for her work in the Asian community and beyond, including her 2004 inclusion in the UW Department of Communication Hall of Fame, and in 2011 she received the Charles E. Odegaard Award, which honors individuals whose leadership in the community exemplifies the former UW president’s work on behalf of diversity. It is the only University and community-selected award.

Alexander Tran-150x150Alexander Tran
Alexander Tran is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. As a cadet in the Air Force ROTC, he plans to become a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Air Force after graduation. In addition to participating in community service efforts through ROTC, he frequently volunteers as an accompanist (piano & bass) for several music programs in the Federal Way School District.

Northwest Automotive Press Association Scholarship
The Northwest Automotive Press Association Scholarship was established in 2003 to support UW journalism students. The Northwest Automotive Press Association is a nonprofit group of 40 northwest print, radio, television and Internet journalists. The group sponsors an annual event called Mudfest, where all new SUVs and CUVs are tested and rated. Both domestic and import auto manufacturers support this event and the proceeds from their sponsorship support this scholarship fund.

Austin Williams-150x150Austin Williams
Austin is a junior at the University of Washington studying Journalism, and he is the executive producer for What’s Good 206. Since childhood he has wanted to become a filmmaker.  At his first college, he played Division 1A football in Pennsylvania. In 2013 he was named a Mary Gates Scholar for Leadership.



Harold E. Carr Scholarship in Communication
The Harold E. Carr Scholarship in Communication was established by Harold E. and Joyce C. Carr to support upper level undergraduate students in the Department of Communication who study in the fields of journalism, public relations, global communication, and political communication. Harold Carr is retired from The Boeing Company after 20 years as a director and then a vice president of public relations and advertising. He was also in charge of Boeing’s historical archive and the company-wide weekly newspaper, Boeing News. He is the recipient of many awards, including the 2004 Jay Rockey Lifetime Achievement Award from the Puget Sound Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Harold has served as a board member for several civic organizations, including Goodwill Industries, the Downtown Seattle Association, and the Henry Art Gallery. He served two years as president and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Flight.

Dustin Luu-150x150Dustin Luu
Dustin is currently a junior, pursing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, International Studies, and Political Science. He plans to complete his HR internship with Boeing this summer, and hopes to obtain a full-time role in the company. In the near future, Dustin hopes to complete a joint Law and Master’s in Business degree that will lead him to his desired career of being either an in-house counsel or military advocate lawyer.

The Seattle Times/Blethen Family Memorial Scholarship
The Seattle Times/Blethen Family Memorial Scholarship was established in 1990 with an initial commitment from the Blethen family that owns the Seattle Times, of $200,000, split equally between UW and WSU. Scholarships are for minority students in journalism. The goal of this particular scholarship is to improve the educational opportunities of minority students, to introduce new ideas and customs into university study programs, and to spread ideas, understanding and information to the general public by increasing the number of minority men and women in journalism.

Ming Wai Won-150x150Ming Wai (Katy) Wong
Katie was born and raised in Hong Kong. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in Law, Societies, and Justice. Katie writes for The Daily as a contributing writer. She received an International Service, Leadership and Merit award in 2011. Katie was a chapter officer for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and she was an Everett Community College Student Senator for two years. Her professional goal is to work on human rights issues as a broadcast journalist.
Danish Mehboob 150x150Danish Mehboob
Danish is currently pursuing a double degree in Journalism and Economics with two minors in Political Science and Statistics. He hopes to combine these two major academic disciplines to aid in his pursuit of higher studies in Corporate Law. Danish’s past work experience involves interning for a regionally renowned Newspaper, Khaleej Times, in the Middle East.

John H. & Harriet Reid Memorial Scholarship
John Reid was born in 1873 in Norway. He immigrated to the US at the age of four and settled in Glyndon, MN. He was orphaned at the age of 11 and taken in by Capt. Luther Osborn, who already had eight children of his own. Capt. Osborn owned the Red River Valley News and John spent a lot of time at the newspaper office. After one year of High School in Fargo, ND, John decided what he really wanted to be was a newspaper man. Capt. Osborn gladly taught him every phase of the business. In his early 20’s, John moved down the tracks to Hawley, MN where he started his own newspaper. He met the love of his life, Harriet, and they married in 1902.

In 1906 the Reid’s moved to Seattle. John worked for the Seattle Times then bought the Vashon Island News and the family moved to Vashon Island. In 1913 he bought a print shop in the University District and in 1917 published the first issue of the University District Herald. He was very active in the community, serving on the school board, the draft board and with several civic groups.  In 1941, John and Harriet Reid received honorary degrees from the University of Washington in recognition of their nine children, all of whom earned degrees from the University of Washington.

Wally Reid, their youngest son, graduated from the University of Washington in journalism in 1940. He was editor of the Tyee yearbook, and active in Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served in the US Navy during WWII and survived the sinking of two ships. After the war he resumed his career at the University District Herald, which later became University Printing Co. Wally Reid started the University District Kids’ Parade in 1950 and served as its chair for the next 30 years. He was president of the University District Rotary Club, the University District Chamber of Commerce, and the Seattle Sales and Marketing Executives.

After his father’s death in 1960, Wally decided to honor his parents. Although neither had graduated from high school, his parents always stressed the value of education. Thus the John and Harriet Reid Memorial Scholarship was established in 1961.

Izumi Hansen-150x150Izumi Hansen
Izumi Hansen is a third-year honors student majoring in Astronomy and Journalism, with minors in Math and Physics. She plans to pursue a career in Science Journalism. Since 2010 she has filled various science interpretation roles at the Pacific Science Center, and joined The Daily’s writing staff last fall. This summer Izumi will intern at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center communication office.

Marty Wilson Endowed Scholarship
The Marty Wilson Scholarship was established in 1996 with memorial gifts received from her family, friends and admirers. Marty Wilson’s professional career began in 1957 with the development of a television program about education from the point of view of a parent. She produced numerous programs for KOMO-TV and served as a visiting lecturer in the School of Communications. In 1984 she was named National Presswoman of the Year. Ms. Wilson exemplified everything we encourage our journalism students to strive toward. The many achievements and awards throughout her creative and courageous career offer an example of what can be accomplished to a new generation of journalists.

Megan Herndon-150x150Megan Herndon
Megan is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Communication: Journalism with a minor in French and working towards Certificate of Sales. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism or public relations. Megan is originally from Kailua, Hawaii. She currently works for the UW Daily the Daily’s Doubleshot, and a UW admissions tour guide.

Robert F. Philip Scholarship
The Robert F. Philip Scholarship was created by Robert F. Philip to provide financial assistance to students of merit, with preference to those studying in the field of Communication. Robert Philip has been an active participant in, and observer of, University affairs for over 6 decades — as University of Washington student in the 30s, as president of the Tri-City Herald newspaper, as a member of the Medical School’s visiting committee, as district governor of the Alumni Association and, for 18 years, as a member of the Board of Regents. Mr. Philip established this scholarship to further ensure academic and professional excellence at the University, in particular in the field of Communication.

Megan Burkland-150x150Megan Burkland
Megan was born and raised in the Seattle area. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and working on the sales certificate in the Foster School of Business. After graduating she hopes to work in the non-profit sector. Megan volunteered with Relay for Life for four years, and served on their committee. This summer she plans to volunteer for Children’s hospital and Camp Korey.

Greta Carlson-150x150Greta Carlson
Greta is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication & Sociology, with plans to graduate in Fall Quarter 2014. She manages and works as a barista at an espresso and truffle shop in Wallingford called Chocolati. In the future, Greta hopes to pursue her passion of working in the media industry, by applying her college degree to a fun and fulfilling career. In addition, she hopes to travel, explore, and gain more global experiences.

SSishuang Qiu-150x150ishuang Qiu
Sishuang is a third year undergraduate studying Journalism and International Studies. She works as the Features Editor at The UW Daily and is currently a features intern at The Seattle Times. She plans to graduate in June 2015 and hopes to pursue a career in journalism.

Joseph Veyera-150x150Joe Veyera
A Seattle native majoring in journalism, Joe is set to graduate in June 2015. After working as news editor at The Daily for the past year, he will be taking over as Editor-in-Chief for the 2014-15 academic year. Over the summer, he’ll serve as acting editor of MyBallard.com, and as a content contributor with Seattle Reign FC. He hopes to pursue a career in journalism after graduation.

Emma Brown 150x150Emma Brown
Emma is a junior pursuing a degree in Communication with a minor in Law, Societies, & Justice. After graduating she plans on attending law school, or obtaining a career in public relations. She enjoys tutoring public speaking, working with children, and playing the trumpet in the Husky Marching Band, in which she was recently named trumpet section leader. She is currently studying abroad in Italy.

Maria Idomskaya
Maria was born and raised in San Francisco, California, where she lived with my mother, father and twin sister. Her parents are immigrants from Ukraine. Maria is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, with a minor in Law, Societies, and Justice. She plans to work in marketing or public relations when she graduates. Maria currently works as a program coordinator at the Hillel UW, and she is interning for the Jewish Community Federation this summer.
Bob Doble Memorial Scholarship

The Bob Doble Memorial Fund was established in the 1930s by Jim and Peg Marshall to honor her son, Bob, and has been funded over the years by contributions in various amounts by a large number of supporters.

Thomas James-150x150Thomas James
A combined Journalism and Political Economics Major, Thomas’ major interest is journalism, and he has worked hard to lay the foundations of a sustainable, vigorous career in that field. Before college Thomas worked at a local paper, and since enrolling has interned at two papers, including the Seattle Weekly. Another priority of his is to round out his education with studies of Arabic, Spanish, and Economics.

Max and Monica Holsinger Scholarship
The Max & Monica Holsinger Scholarship was established in 2006. Max Holsinger, a 1938 graduate, was a lifelong supporter of the UW. After graduation, he sold advertising for Mining World in Eastern and Western Europe and Africa. He also had a long and successful career in the publishing industry. The Holsingers established a scholarship to support UW journalism students.

Seth Halleran-150x150Seth Halleran
Seth is a sophomore studying Journalism and History. He hopes to enter the filmmaking industry after graduation, with a particular focus in documentary films. He has lived in Seattle for 17 years, and will be studying abroad in Spain this coming fall.

Kevin Ellis Endowed Scholarship
The Kevin Ellis Endowed Scholarship was founded in 1985 by his parents in an effort to recognize their son’s interest in the field of international communication. Kevin graduated from the University in 1981. He, along with five traveling companions, was kidnapped by rebel dissidents in Zimbabwe in 1982, while on a tour of Africa to learn more about the country and its people. His death was confirmed in 1985. Contributions to this fund have been made by the Westin Hotels and family members and friends. The scholarship is awarded to students who have an interest in international communication.

Hyunji Nam-150x150Hyunji Nam
Hyunji relocated from Korea six years ago. She is currently a senior gaining a degree in Communication. Hyunji works as an assistant manager at a restaurant and has participated in many volunteer opportunities. She plans to intern with Buuteeq, which is an online marketing company. Hyunji plans graduate next year and she would like to find a job at an airport where ethnically diverse people gather.

Azeb Madebo-150x150Azeb Madebo
Azeb is a junior pursuing a degree in Communication and Anthropology with a minor in African Studies. She is interested in using her Ethiopian immigrant standpoint to explore blackness and its representations within East African immigrant communities living in America. Azeb plans on completing a Ph.D. within a field that allows her to explore her interests, stay engaged inside the community, and mentor students.

Jane and Reid Roller Scholarship in Communication
Reid Roller was a professor in Communication at UW in the 1980s. He came here after a long and successful career at J. Walter Thompson — at that time, the world’s largest advertising agency. The scholarship was established in his memory by his wife, Jane.

Zoe Funai-150x150Zoe Funai
Zoe Funai plans to graduate Fall Quarter of 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and Music (flute performance), with a Michael G. Foster Business School Sales Certificate. Her various work experience with Make-A-Wish, Susan G. Komen, Amazon, and Southern Wine & Spirits have led Zoe to pursue a future career in sales or event planning.

Dan Warner/ Bob Wiley Memorial Scholarship
The Puget Sound Advertising Federation made initial contributions to this fund in 1978 to honor Robert Wiley, a 1953 graduate of the former School of Communications, who received national recognition for his expertise in radio advertising. Dan Warner was likewise honored by the Puget Sound Advertising Foundation for his significant contributions to the field.

Janna Jalla Umetin-150x150Janna Jalla Umetin
Janna is a junior studying Communication with a focus on Human Relations/Management. She will be interning this summer in Los Angeles, California with the Macy’s Retail Management Program. Janna currently works at Wells Fargo as a part-time teller, and she gives campus tours through the UW Campus Visit Programs during her free time. Janna has also served on multiple volunteer committees in her past three years at UW.
Esther Yun-150x150Esther Yun
Esther is a Korean-American from Seattle and she is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Business Administration. Esther is a reporter for The Daily, works at Urban Outfitters and volunteers at church as praise leader. She enjoys music, traveling, and writing. Her past work experience includes working as a PR intern for Allied-THA Marketing, which promoted Disney, Warner Bros., Lions Gate productions. After graduating, Esther hopes to work in the marketing and PR sector of the fashion and entertainment industry.

Ruddick C. & Cherry Lawrence Endowed Scholarship
The Ruddick C. and Cherry Lawrence Endowed Scholarship was founded in 1996 to enhance and strengthen the Department of Communication. Ruddick Lawrence began his professional life as the Director of Publicity for the Detroit Institute of the Arts and then went on to serve as manager at American Boy Magazine and Fortune Magazine. He was Vice President of the New York Stock Exchange from 1953 to 1968 and founded his own consulting firm, Lawrence Associates, in 1977. Throughout his career, he was committed to community service and education. In addition to this generous support for undergraduate students, Lawrence established the Ruddick C. Lawrence Endowed Professorship in Communications, currently filled by Professor Lance Bennett, who founded and heads the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement.

Aida Solomon-150x150Aida Solomon
Aida is a senior majoring in communication, and plans graduate with her Bachelor’s Degree in Spring of 2015. She has applied to the honors program within the department in hopes to complete an honors thesis researching the relationship of African Americans to African immigrants. This summer Aida will be a mentor at the William Winter Institute on Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi.
Vanessa Ashley Tadena 150x150Vanessa Ashley Tadena
Vanessa Ashley is originally from Kapolei, Hawaii, and she is currently in her third year pursuing a double degree in Communication and Sociology. After graduating, Vanessa Ashley hopes to work in Marketing or Management, and possibly go to graduate school for Business Administration.

Alexis Gregerson-150x150Alexis Gregerson
Alexis Gregerson was born and raised in SeaTac, Washington. She graduated from Mount Rainier High School and Highline Community College with Associate in Business in 2012. She is currently studying Communication, and applying to the Informatics degree. Alexis has worked for Amazon, Nike, and Nordstrom. She volunteers with Service for Sight. After college, Alexis would love to work as a User Experience Designer for an online retailer.

Robert L. Patterson Scholarship
Robert Patterson was professor emeritus at Castleton State College in Vermont. After the death of his wife, Marilyn Mathis Patterson, UW Class of 1948, he arranged for an endowment for her alma mater. Marilyn was an avid journalism alumna. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi, and recipient of the UW Faculty Medal while she was a student here. She passed away in 1991.

Ashley Stewart-150x150Ashley Stewart
Ashley Stewart is a third-year Journalism student. She worked at The Herald in Everett before covering state government this session as a legislative reporting intern for The Seattle Times. Right now, she’s an intern at the Puget Sound Business Journal and president of the Society of Professional Journalist’s student chapter.

John Impola Ednowment for Journalism Education
This award was established by Marion Impola in memory of her husband John Impola. John Impola was born in Cathlamet, WA. He was the first member of his family to earn a college degree, graduating from the UW with a BA in Journalism in 1928. His entire career was devoted to the practice of journalism in the Northwest. He was employed for 25 years by the Daily Journal of Commerce, serving for many years until his retirement as its managing editor.

Lauren Large-150x150Lauren Largé
Lauren is from Poulsbo, Washington and she is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in Dance. Lauren is a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and she manages her chapter’s website. After graduation Lauren hopes to work for The Seattle Times as a columnist, or work at a local broadcasting channel.

Flip Wilson Scholarship
The Flip Wilson Scholarship is an annual gift from the estate of the late comedian. The gift supports one undergraduate for a full year of college, including tuition, books, room and board and transportation. His Emmy award winning show broke through racial and economic barriers in the 1970s. Flip Wilson was a pioneer in the entertainment industry, paving the way for many successful comedians and he was a strong supporter of education.

Ashley Walls-150x150Ashley Walls
Ashley is currently a sophomore journalism student, hoping to pursue a career in sports journalism or public relations. After graduation, she would like to attend law school or get an MBA. Ashley has taken advantage of many incredible opportunities on this campus, such as going to New York for a career exploration seminar, and studying abroad in Tahiti this summer, and she is grateful for the experiences.

Thamar Theodore 150x150Thamar Theodore
Thamar is a first generation Haitian-American student majoring in Communication. She plans to be a middle school teacher in Miami, as a Teach for America Corps member after graduation. Thamar aspires to be the first Black woman to host a variety show on prime-time television. She is graduating with honors and will have completed an internship with the Office of Economic Development, and Office of Film & Music upon graduating.

Jody Deering Nyquist Awards: Excellence in Public Speaking
Jody Deering Nyquist is Associate Dean Emerita of the UW Graduate School and an emerita member of the graduate faculty of the UW Department of Communication. She was the University’s Director of the Center for Instructional Development and Research from 1984 to 2000. Both her undergraduate and graduate work were completed at the University where she has been a faculty member since 1969. In the Department of Communication, Nyquist taught undergraduate and graduate courses in interpersonal and instructional communication, interviewing, small group facilitation, public speaking, and media.  Principal for many grants, her two major ones were from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Spencer Foundation. In addition to over 70 articles and book chapters, she has edited six books and co-authored “Working Effectively with Graduate Assistants and Re-envisioning the Ph.D.: What Concerns Do We Have?” Nyquist has received numerous awards for her work in her discipline and in higher education from the UW and from national and international organizations. She was president of the Western States Communication Association in 1984 and later received its highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. In 1992, she served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in New Zealand. In 1996, she was awarded the prestigious Robert J. Kibler Award from the National Communication Association.  In 2002, Nyquist received the Samuel L. Becker Award, the highest award given for scholarship, teaching, and service by the National Communication Association.  Nyquist has served on boards for over 50 universities, organizations, independent schools, and nonprofit agencies. She has served on the editorial boards of nine journals and as an outside reviewer for ten universities. She has lectured at over 20 universities in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Japan. She was Visiting Professor at Nagoya University, Nagoya Japan from September 5 to December 5, 2008.  In 2005, Nyquist was inducted into the inaugural class of the Department of Communication’s Hall of Fame, and this year she was selected the Department’s Distinguished Alumna of 2014.

Competitor #1: Tore Hanssen 150x150Tore Hanssen “An argument in favor of increasing the federal minimum wage.” (Second Place)

Competitor #2: Nate Coleman 150x150Nate Coleman “An argument against increasing the federal minimum wage.” (Third Place)

Misha Krushelnytskyy 150x150Competitor #3: Misha Krushelnytskyy “An argument against I-522.” (First Place)

Pioneer Newspapers Awards for Excellence in Journalism

Stephan Yhann 150x150
Radio Journalism: Stephan Yhann
Stephan Yhann is a senior majoring in Political Science and Journalism. After spending a decade working on campaigns for federal, state and citywide office, he was pleasantly surprised to learn that covering politics is just as challenging as working in it. Following his graduation in June, Stephan will continue his search for full-time employment and binge-watching old episodes of Star Trek.

Ashley Stewart-150x150Entrepreneurial Journalism: Ashley Stewart
Ashley Stewart is a third-year journalism and political science student at the University of Washington. She worked at The Daily Herald in Everett for three years before covering state government this session as a legislative reporting intern for The Seattle Times. She’s also had stories published this year in Al Jazeera English, InvestigateWest and The Seattle Globalist. Right now, she’s an intern at The Puget Sound Business Journal and president of the Society of Professional Journalist’s student chapter.

Design and Editing: Thuc Nhi Nguyen Thuc Ni Nguyen is majoring in journalism and mathematics at the UW. She is a reporter, editor, and designer at The Daily, and her past internships include working for Seattlepi.com and Crosscut. This summer Thuc Ni is working with the Long Beach Press Telegram as part of the Los Angeles News Group in connection with the Sports Journalism Institute.
Atoosa Moinzadeh 150x150Diversity Journalism: Atoosa Moinzadeh
Atoosa Moinzadeh is a third year student studying Economics and Journalism. She writes for The Daily and has interned for the Seattle Globalist, and will be interning at the Capitol Hill Times via the WNPA Internship Scholarship this coming summer. She enjoys making zines, is interested in social justice and economic advocacy, and hopes to freelance and continue producing zines post-graduation.

Alisa Reznick 150x150International Journalism: Alisa Reznick
Alisa Reznick is a recent graduate from the mountains in Arizona. Before graduating in December 2013, she worked at the Jordan Times as a Foreign Intrigue Intern. These days, she’s a freelance writer and photographer based in Seattle, Washington and Amman, Jordan.

Hannah Langlie 150x150Writing with Voice: Hannah Langlie
Hannah is a journalism student from Anchorage, Alaska with a minor in American Sign Language. She has had many opportunities to volunteer back home and has also worked at the D Center here on campus. After graduation, she hopes to continue getting her work published and work with media or radio in Anchorage or Seattle, possibly in reporting or production.

Taylor Winkel-150x150Legislative Journalism: Taylor Winkel
Taylor was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. She is majoring in Journalism. She interned with the public radio bureau in the Olympia Legislative reporting program during Winter quarter. Currently, she is interning for the morning news on King TV. Taylor was on dean’s list both Fall and Winter quarter. In the future, she hopes to work for a national news broadcast organization.

Imana Gunawan-150x150 Community Journalism: Imana Gunawan
Imana is a UW junior double-majoring in journalism and dance. She currently works as news editor for The Daily of the University of Washington, dance critic for SeattleDances and freelance journalist, dancer and choreographer. She is interested in reporting on underrepresented communities, global-local issues and arts and culture. In the future, she hopes to work as a foreign correspondent.

daniel rubens 150x150Sports Journalism: Daniel Rubens
Daniel Rubens is a junior majoring in journalism, interested in going into the field of sports journalism. He is currently the Sports Editor of The Daily. During his time here, at UW, he has covered the cross country, men’s golf, men’s soccer, baseball, and football teams. Daniel has not decided what he wants his career path to look like just yet, but he might want to write for a newspaper, likely covering baseball.

Lael Henterly 150x150Investigative Journalism: Lael Henterly
Lael has dabbled in legal investigation, rapid prototyping and fiction writing. These days, she is focusing her energy on journalism. Lael’s favorite things to cover are drug policy, criminal justice and the prison industrial complex.


Deborah Kaplan Awards
The Deborah Kaplan Awards were created to honor the work and legacy of Communication professor Deborah Kaplan, who died unexpectedly in 2006. Deborah was an innovative journalist and educator who had a long history of writing about social issues. In both of her careers, as a journalist and as a university professor, she used in-depth interviews, immersion reporting, and field work to document and detail the human condition. The Deborah Kaplan Awards are given annually to support outstanding undergraduate work in narrative journalism.
Rebecca Yeung 150x150A story about people on the margins:
Rebecca Yeung, “The Gum Wall
Rebecca is a senior journalism student in the UW. Having been to 11 countries, it allows her to look at the world through different eyes. She was the Literary Assistant of the award-winning magazine Spindrift in Shoreline Community College and now interns in AIA. She wants to bring her flute and travel around the world and become a travel journalist after graduation.

DelaynaDelayna Sutherland, “Route 73Delayna is a senior at the University of Washington majoring in Communication. She previously spent time studying abroad in Florence, Italy, as well as at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She interned as a Visual Team Design Intern at local Seattle studio and is currently a Youth Services Coordinator for the Union Gospel Mission. She plans to move to Seattle after graduation to continue work.

janelle kq 200x200A story with strong writing style:
Janelle Retka, “Bleach White
Janelle Retka is a literature enthusiast and aspiring journalist. She is a UW Journalism major, has coffee in her veins and enjoys world travel. She recently finished a six month internship at Third Place Press in Lake Forest Park, WA, as a design editor and copy/biography writer, and is currently in Europe finishing a study abroad term before returning to finish her senior year of university.

Nicole Bergman 150x150Nicole Bergman, “Searching for ParadiseAfter being born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Nicole spent most of her teenage years surfing the beaches of Northern California. Now she is a sophomore studying environmental studies and journalism, hoping to become a travel journalist once she graduates.
A human personality profile:
Ashley Bergeson, “The Mothers We Want
Ashley Bergeson is a Communications Major in the journalism department. She completed a PR and Media internship with the Union Gospel Mission last quarter, and hopes to continue writing for nonprofits in the future. Currently, she is looking forward to a summer off spent with family and friends – after that, she hopes to continue writing and exploring the globe, looking for the next adventure.
Cooper Inveen-150x150A story that demonstrates a powerful epiphany:
Cooper Inveen, “The Burn
Cooper Inveen is a Journalism student with a minor in International Studies: Africa. He graduated high school from the Tacoma School of the Arts where he studied Songwriting & Audio Recording. After graduating from the University of Washington next spring, he plans on joining the Peace Corps to get more experience in the developing world before pursuing a career in developmental journalism.
An important public issue:
Nicole Bergman, “Stop, Drop, and Roll(See bio above)

Jody Deering Nyquist Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Kaleigh Boyd 150x150Kaleigh Boyd
Kaleigh is a Political Science and Communication double major. She is a member of the Interdisciplinary Honors and the Political Science Departmental Honors Programs. In her time at UW, Kaleigh spent four years working in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and three years as a member of the UW Mock Trial team. After graduating, Kaleigh will be attending the UW School of Law.

Valeria Koulikova 150x150Valeria Koulikova
Valeria is a graduating senior majoring in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. While at the UW, she participated in two International Youth Forums and interned at RT.com in Russia. While in the journalism program, Valeria was lucky to work with local news organizations to get the most valuable experience. After graduation she hopes to further pursue journalism, both print and broadcast.

Azeb Madebo-150x150Azeb Madebo
Azeb is a Communication major focusing on African & African-American Studies. Her research examines East African immigrant communities living in the United States. She plans on completing a PhD in order to continue exploring her research interests, stay civically engaged, and mentor students. In conjunction with Communication Honors program, she is a McNair Scholar and Mary Gates Research scholar.

Natalie Stromgren 150x150Natalie Stromgren
Natalie is a Communication student with a minor in Law, Society, and Justice, and a Sales Certificate from the Foster School of Business. During her time at UW, Natalie has spent two months teaching English to students in Cambodia, studied abroad in Rome, Italy, and tutored for the UW Speaking Center. Natalie is currently employed at KOMO TV in advertising sales. She plans to travel to Southeast Asia before beginning a career in sales.
Riley Taitingfong 150x150Riley Taitingfong
Riley is graduating this month with departmental honors, after completing her thesis on Disability Advocacy in Post-Apartheid South Africa and Post-USSR Ukraine. She has a minor in Disability Studies and serves on the board of a local nonprofit known as LifeSPAN. In the fall, she will continue her education in Communication and Disability studies in a Ph.D. program at UCSD.

Fred Baker Ethics Awards
The Fred Baker Award for Professional Education in Advertising and Public Relations was established to enhance professional education in advertising and public relations at the University of Washington. Frederick E. Baker was a successful advertising and public relations practitioner in Seattle and beyond, influencing political and civic affairs in the state and in the nation’s capital. He was extremely helpful to others in his craft and allied disciplines.

Troy Bonnes
Troy is a graduating senior, with a major in Communication and minor in Political Science. After graduation, Troy will be trading in his previous occupation as a preschool teacher for his new line of work: political communication for a nonprofit called The Friends of Waterfront Seattle, which is helping to steer the massive development that will soon be taking place along Seattle’s waterfront.
Muhamedarifeine Manhsour 150x150Muhamedarifeine Manhsour
Muhamed is a senior majoring in Communication and Culture with minors in Diversity and Entrepreneurship. After graduating in June of 2014 he plans to continue mentoring under-privileged high school students who want to attend college. After school he is hoping to continue his philanthropic work by starting a non-profit that empowers his community by preserving Cham cultural heritage and languages.
Riley Taitingfong 150x150Riley Taitingfong
Riley is graduating this month with departmental honors, after completing her thesis on Disability Advocacy in Post-Apartheid South Africa and Post-USSR Ukraine. She has a minor in Disability Studies and serves on the board of a local nonprofit known as LifeSPAN. In the fall, she will continue her education in Communication and Disability studies in a Ph.D. program at UCSD.

Mercecdes Wetmore 150x150Mercedes Wetmore
Mercedes Wetmore came to the University of Washington on a full-ride basketball scholarship. She was captain, and a three-year starter on the basketball team. Mercedes also got an opportunity to join the UW softball team during her junior and senior year, going to the women’s college world series in her junior year. She is a Communication major, and plans on pursuing a career in real estate investing and entrepreneurship.

Faculty Awards for Outstanding Completed Research

Honors Thesis: Krista Dyer, “Reinforcing ‘Bipartisanship’ in the American News Media”
kiana scott2 150x150M.A. Thesis: Kiana M. Scott, “Toppling the Ivory Tower: Coded Anti-Intellectualism in American Political Discourse”
Kiana Scott is a second year M.A./Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication, studying political communication. She has an M.P.A. from the Evans School of Public Affairs in 2012, and a B.A. from Williams College. Prior to graduate school, Kiana worked on political campaigns and served as an appointee with the Obama administration. Kiana is currently a member of the UW Board of Regents.
Chelsea Langevin 150x150M.C. Project: Chelsea Langevin, “Esoko: A Case Study in Improving Ghanaian Farmers’ Livelihoods through Mobile MIS Technology and the Incidental Impacts of Social Exclusion”
Chelsea Langevin is a graduate student in the University of Washington’s Communication in Digital Media program, which she will complete next winter quarter. She works full time at Edelman, a public relations firm, in the technology practice. Her clients include Symantec and Adobe where Chelsea helps to launch new products, manage brand perception and facilitate public engagement across traditional and digital channels.
michael barthel2 150x150Ph.D. Dissertation: Michael Bathel, “A Little Healthy Competition: The Effects of Press-Government Competition on Institutional Trust”
Michael’s work examines the changing media environment and its effect on public trust in democratic institutions. His articles have been published in Information, Communication and Society; Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism; and Critical Studies in Media Communication. He currently works as a data analyst for Elway Research, as a freelance journalist, and teaches at Bellevue College.