Established by the RTDNF Board of Trustees in honor of Vada and Col. Barney Oldfield. Barney and Vada served in WWII and both had illustrious military careers. Barney's long and impressive career included a stint as a Hollywood studio publicist, WWII Army and post-war Air Force public relations officer, author, and lecturer. Col. Oldfield was also a businessman and philanthropist who founded over 40 private foundations including RTDNF. This fellowship is awarded to a reporter or producer in radio or television news engaged covering national defense and security.
2016 Vada and Col. Barney Oldfield National Security Reporting Fellowship Winner - Liberty Zabala, NBC 7 San Diego
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Liberty Zabala is an Emmy-nominated reporter and multimedia journalist for NBC 7 San Diego. Some of her most memorable stories include leading breaking news coverage of the Central American immigration crisis, covering the May firestorm that burned across San Diego county and most recently, covering the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. Prior to that, she worked as a multimedia journalist for KCOY/KKFX, the CBS/FOX affiliate covering California's Central Coast. She is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a degree in journalism and a collateral in political science with an emphasis in international relations. She also served as president of the CSUN chapter of RTDNA. She has held several internships including FOX News Channel, FOX Sports Net, ABC7 Los Angeles, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Liberty was selected as a Meredith Cronkite Fellow at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism reporting for KPHO CBS 5 in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a dedicated member of Asian American Journalists Association where she served as a board director for the Los Angeles chapter and currently serves the San Diego chapter as president.
“I’m deeply grateful to RTDNF and to Vada and Co. Barney Oldfield for this honor. With this fellowship, I hope to continue their legacy of service to this country, to the field of journalism and to those who serve.”
As each scholarship and fellowship winner is announced through the month of December, they will be added to our 2016 winners page.