2012 Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship Winner - Katie Gillen


Dec. 7, 2012: "Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship"

Lou Prato was RTDNA treasurer from 1981 to 2001 and served as secretary of RTDNF's Board of Trustees until 2006. Prato's friends and colleagues have endowed an RTDNF scholarship in honor of Lou and his wife, Carole. The scholarship provides a $1,000 tuition grant to a deserving student who is planning a career as a sports reporter in television or radio. Lou has worked as a news director, a journalism professor, a consultant, and Director of the Penn State All Sports Museum. Lou and his wife Carole live near his alma mater, Penn State University. He is the author of The Penn State Football Encyclopedia.

2012 Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship Winner - Katie Gillen 

Ever since Katie Gillen did the morning announcements in Middle School she knew she wanted to work in television. Watching sporting events with my family and attending them helped her decide to pursue Sports Reporting at the University of Florida. 
 
At the University of Florida Katie spent her time reporting on sporting events and serving as a sports anchor during the evening newscast. When Katie was not working around Sports she spent her time working with clubs on campus like the local chapters of the Radio Television Digital News Association and National Broadcasting Society. Katie plans to continue covering sports upon graduation in May 2013. 
 
To view a sample of Katie's work visit:
 
 
“I am greatly honored to receive the Lou and Carole Sports Reporting Scholarship. It is even more special for me to receive this scholarship because of the shared passion for College Athletics I have with the Prato family. Thanks to the Radio Television Digital News Foundation for bestowing this honor.”