N.S. Bienstock Fellowship
An award established in 1999 by Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper, the original owners of N.S. Bienstock. Acquired by United Talent Agency in 2014, the firm now known as Bienstock, a UTA Company has been a leading talent agency in news and reality-based programming for more than 50 years and is a long-time member of RTDNA. This award recognizes a promising minority journalist in radio or television news. In addition to the $2,500 award, winners of the N.S. Bienstock Fellowship receive an expenses paid trip to the Excellence in Journalism Conference.
2014 N.S. Bienstock Fellowship Winner - Angela Chen, KTRK-TV
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Angela Chen is a Southern California girl who is slowly learning how to line dance. She is currently a reporter at KTRK-TV, the ABC O&O in Houston. Chen graduated from UC San Diego with degrees in Literature, Writing and Psychology. Her first job was at KUSI’s morning show in San Diego, where she worked as a news writer and associate producer. After that, she earned a Master of Science from Columbia University’s Journalism School in New York City and went on to become a reporter for NY1 News. While she was there, some of her top stories included the destruction by Hurricane Sandy, the aftermath of Private Danny Chen's death and Anthony Weiner's indiscretions. After a couple years, she left the Big Apple and headed home to Los Angeles to help care for her father after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. While at home, she became a freelance reporter so she could spend more time with her dad. She worked in Bakersfield for KBAK/KBFX as an evening reporter and for XETV San Diego 6 News as the nightside reporter. She then went on to become the morning reporter/fill-in anchor for KOLO 8 News Now, the ABC affiliate in Reno. She was also a freelance writer for The New York Times and has worked at The Charlie Rose Show and Dateline NBC. Chen has lived in London and Taipei. She is fluent in Mandarin, a certified scuba diver and loves The Simpsons.
"Receiving the N.S. Bienstock Fellowship is a privilege," said Chen. "I am honored and humbled to be recognized, and I am deeply encouraged by the spirit of this fellowship -- especially with the declining diversity in our recent journalistic climate. With this award, I'll continue pursuing the purpose for which Leibner and Cooper originally established this award -- to recognize issues that minority communities are facing that may otherwise be overlooked."
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