Ed Bradley Scholarship winner

May 10, 2016 11:00

In 1994, RTDNF presented the first Ed Bradley Scholarship. Since then, 23 young and aspiring journalists have received the award created by the late CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent. Ed Bradley received the Paul White Award from RTDNA in 2000. The Paul White Award recognizes an individual's lifetime commitment to excellence in journalism. Bradley received the First Amendment Award from RTDNF in 2005 in recognition of his support of the First Amendment rights guaranteed in the constitution.

2015 Ed Bradley Scholarship Winner - Daion Morton, Indiana University
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"There’s no dream too big to conquer,” has always been Daion Morton’s motto in life. He decided to follow a career in television after receiving a Regional Student Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2012. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University in May 2016. Daion is dedicated to being the best multimedia journalist that he can be. He has had the opportunity to intern with various companies including being the first multimedia reporter for 812 Magazine, a News Intern for WTHR-Indianapolis, and an Editorial/Production Intern at Inside Indiana Business. Over the summer he lived in New York City, where he completed an internship with VH1's Production & Development Team and was selected to be a 2016 IRTS Summer Fellow. He enjoys traveling the world to learn about diverse cultures and has recently journeyed through India, Europe and Dubai. Following graduation, he plans to spend four weeks in Africa reporting on HIV/AIDS. Daion hopes to combine both his skills and experiences to pursue a career in television production.

"Daion was an innovator in the class from the first day," said Indiana University Lecturer Nancy Comiskey. "He decided he wanted to do a broadcast feature instead of a traditional magazine story. He did extensive background research, found the descendants of the Lick Creek families, wrote a grant proposal and flew to California to interview them. I was so impressed with his drive and his professionalism.”

"I am beyond honored to receive the RTDNF Ed Bradley Scholarship​ in honor of such a pioneer journalist," said Morton. "Mr. Bradley paved the way for young aspiring journalists, like myself, and taught me the power of journalism. His life story and legacy inspires me to be great."

The application period for RTDNF's 2016 scholarships and fellowships is now open. Click here for more information on how to apply.