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Grafton native wins prestigious Devroy Fellowship

May 18, 2012
 Devroy Winner Taylor Kuether
Taylor Kuether
Photo credit: Chi Ab Vang
EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior Taylor Kuether, Grafton, has been awarded the 15th Ann Devroy Memorial Fellowship, presented annually to a UW-Eau Claire journalism student who shows exceptional promise and ability.

The fellowship includes a three-week residency at The Washington Post, a $2,000 scholarship to offset the costs of the residency and a paid summer internship at a Wisconsin newspaper. Kuether will be at The Post during her winter break in January 2013.

"For someone who is only midway through her journalism studies, Taylor has gained an extraordinary amount of journalism experience while working at The Spectator, Volume One and the Leader-Telegram," said Dr. Mike Dorsher, an associate professor of journalism and Kuether's academic adviser. "In my 12 years here at UW-Eau Claire, I haven’t see any student do as much journalism as Taylor has at this point. She hasn't even taken intermediate journalism yet, but she has done some advanced student journalism."

Kuether was awarded the fellowship at the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum. The event featured two award-winning journalists — Bob Edwards, a National Radio Hall of Famer who isa host on Sirius XM Radio and Public Radio International, and Gene Weingarten, who is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

Ann Devroy, a 1970 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, was a White House correspondent for more than 15 years. She joined The Post staff in 1985 and died of cancer in 1997. Family, friends and colleagues honored her by establishing a fellowship and forum in her name at UW-Eau Claire through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

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