At their December board meeting, the Illinois Press Foundation board of directors awarded three $1,000 scholarships to University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting graduate students. Pictured L to R are Rebecca Anzel, IPF board chairman Jerry Reppert, Mary Cullen and Brenden Moore.
Anzel, a New York native, is a graduate of Stony Brook University, holding a bachelor's degree in journalism. She is former editor of ther campus newspaper, The Statesman. She interned for five months at the Times Beacon Record newsapers where she reported, wrote and photographed stories, ranging in topic from event coverage and profiles to the environment and government. Rebecca also spent a sememster in Washington in the highly competitive Scripps Howard Foundation internship program.
Cullen holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Illinois State University. Her experience includes working as editorial intern at the Chicago Sun-Times, reporter and news editor at her school paper, The Vidette, and includes a role as internship leader with the School of Communications.
Moore holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from DePaul University. He is former editor of The DePaulia, his school newspaper. He was also editorial intern for the Daily Line which is an insider's guide to Chicago and Cook County politics. He covered hearings in the Chicago City Council, provided in-depth reporting and analysis of aldermanic races and got to travel to cover larger events like President Donald Trump's inauguration.