ASU students at Cronkite School win BEA awards competition

February 25, 2016

Arizona State University students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication collected more awards in news categories in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts competition than any other school in the country.

Cronkite students won 12 awards, one more than the combined total of the second- and third-place schools in news, sports and documentary divisions. The win marks the sixth time in seven years that the Cronkite School has finished with the most news division awards. In all, Cronkite students have won 118 awards at the Festival of Media Arts in the past seven years, more than any school in the country. Download Full Image

This year, Cronkite students took home three first-place awards, one third-place and eight honorable mentions in a variety of broadcast categories, including television and radio reporting as well as documentaries. Winners were selected from a pool of more than 1,500 entries, representing more than 175 colleges and universities.

Cronkite News, the school’s nightly newscast that reaches 1.9 million households on Arizona PBS, took first place in the television newscast category. Megan Thompson placed first in the television news anchor category for her work on Cronkite News and other broadcasts. Other television awards included honorable mentions in news anchor, feature reporting and sports talent categories.

Students also won awards in radio reporting, with Jacob McAuliffe taking first in radio hard-news reporting. Olivia Richard won an honorable mention for feature reporting. In documentaries, students taught by professors John Craft and Peter Byck won three honorable mentions.

“This year’s award-winning work is a testament to the dedication of our amazing students and outstanding faculty,” said Cronkite Assistant Dean Mark Lodato. “Whether it was news and sports or television and radio, our students produced high-quality broadcast journalism that made an impact.”

The winners will be honored at the BEA’s annual convention in Las Vegas in April.

Established in 1955, the BEA is a global professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises.

The complete list of Cronkite winners include:

First Place: Television Newscast

Nicole Fox and Tien Bischoff, Cronkite News, newscast

First Place: Television News Anchor

Megan Thompson, Cronkite News, anchor reel

First Place: Radio Hard News Reporting

Jacob McAuliffe, KTAR News, “Homeless Center for Men Closes

Third Place: Radio Sports Story

Jacob Garcia,, “Senior Day Feature: Vi Teofilo and his Ironman Selflessness

Honorable Mention: Television News Anchor

Lauren Michaels, Cronkite News, anchor reel

Honorable Mention: Television Feature Reporting

Megan Thompson, Cronkite News, “Many Who Died Crossing the Border Remain Unidentified

Honorable Mention: Television Sports Talent (Anchor/Host)

Kerry Crowley, Cronkite Sports, anchor reel

Honorable Mention: Radio Feature Reporting

Olivia Richard, The Blaze, “Looking for Laurie

Honorable Mention: Radio/TV Sports Event, Play-by-Play Talent

Jacob Garcia, CCBL Playoffs Game 1: Wareham Gatemen at Bourne Braves

Honorable Mention: Short Form Video or Film Documentary

Carolina Marquez, Mauricio Casillas and Cammeron Neely, “OTMs: Layover in Nogales

Bailey Netsch, Kiegan Stewart and Kyley Jameison, “Speak

Honorable Mention: Long Form Video or Film Documentary

Emily L. Mahoney, Stephan Blake Harvey and Kristy Westgard, “Fresh Out

Communications manager, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication


ASU joins National TRIO Day celebration for increased educational access for disadvantaged students

February 26, 2016

Feb. 27 marks the 30th annual National TRIO Day, celebrated at ASU and across the nation. National TRIO Day is a celebration of increased access to higher education for underprivileged students.

Federal TRIO Programs are outreach and student-services programs designed to help low-income, first-generation students and individuals with disabilities progress through the academic pipeline and achieve a postsecondary education.

“Compared to their counterparts, statistically, many individuals fitting this criteria either do not enter college or do not graduate from college,” said Ronald Briggs Jr., assistant dean of students, educational outreach and student services. “TRIO takes pride in assisting students in completing their secondary education, enrolling in a post-secondary educational institution, and graduating from their post-secondary educational institution.” 

ASU has seven federal TRIO projects. Collectively these programs receive nearly $10 million in federal funding to support students who are first-generation college students, low-income, and students with a disability. TRIO programs not only support current ASU students, but also 142 Phoenix metro area high school students and 140 U.S. veterans living in Maricopa County.

ASU TRIO Upward Bound, implemented in March 1966, is the oldest of these programs, celebrating 50 years of advocacy, education and service with nearly 5,000 alumni. Upward Bound offerings include providing academic instruction, tutoring, academic advisement, college entrance-exam preparation, counseling, and social and personal development.

For this year’s National TRIO Day, ASU partnered with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to lend support to the Delivering Democracy Lecture. The lecture Saturday will feature education advocate and award-winning actress Viola Davis, a former TRIO student and alumna of the Upward Bound project in her home state of Rhode Island.

Nearly 150 students, ASU staff and friends of TRIO, including ASU leadership and U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), are expected to participate, highlighting the importance of educational opportunity programs and what these programs enable students to achieve.

“TRIO is a family within the larger ASU family in place to support student success,” Briggs said.