RTDNF's first fellowship is named for a CBS News correspondent who was killed in a plane crash while on assignment in 1972. Her family and colleagues at CBS sent money in lieu of flowers to create a fund in her name, endowing a permanent $1,000 award for young, promising minority professionals in television or radio news.
2016 Michele Clark Fellowship Winner - Chernéy Amhara, WCAV-TV
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Chernéy Amhara is a Caribbean-American journalist. She is a reporter at WCAV CBS19 News, the CBS affiliate in Charlottesville, Virginia. Amhara is also a graduate of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication at the California State University, Northridge where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. While in college, Amhara contributed to her campus newspaper, The Sundial, as well as the campus radio station KCSN 88.5 in Northridge. She also served as a web editor for KTLA 5, the CW-affiliated television station in Los Angeles, California. Additionally, she interned for CBS-Radio in Sacramento, Ca. Amhara is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Before moving to the United States, Amhara spent her youngest years living in Stoney Hill, Jamaica, then on to Sacramento, Ca. where she attended Valley High School. She lives by the mantra “storytelling that makes a difference,” which she hopes to convey in every story she tells.
"I am honored to be named the 2016 Michele Clark Fellowship recipient. Not only was Clark was a trailblazer for women of color, but she was a stellar investigative journalist who covered stories that impacted our nation. If I can become half of the journalist Clark was, I know I am headed on the right path."