The Radio Television Digital News Foundation today named East Dockery the 2020 Ed Bradley Scholar.
East Dockery is a junior at North Carolina A&T State University. She is majoring in journalism and mass communications with a concentration in multimedia. East has worked for ESPN’s The Undefeated as a 2019-20 Rhoden Fellow where she reported and wrote stories about professional and college athletes. East has hopes of someday working within the sports and entertainment industry as the host of her own show.
To get to know East, we asked her, What's your dream job in journalistm? She said:
My dream job is to be the host of my own show. I hope to create a platform where I can sit down and interview athletes, actors/actresses, artists, and even CEO’s within the sports and entertainment industry. I admire journalists that have paved the way for women like me such as Oprah, Robin Roberts, Cari Champion, Taylor Rooks, and etc. I hope to follow in their footsteps. I have always said that my ultimate life goal is to impact as many people as possible. Whether I am able to achieve that goal through telling the people’s stories or simply having a candid conversation with them, I plan to do it to the best of my ability.
About the Ed Bradley Scholarship
Ed Bradley is best known for his award-winning work in 26 years on CBS News’ 60 Minutes and as the first African American White House TV correspondent. Bradley received the Paul White Award from RTDNA in 2000 recognizing his lifetime commitment to excellence in journalism and the First Amendment Award from RTDNF in 2005 in recognition of his support of First Amendment rights. He passed away in 2006.
Bradley established the Ed Bradley Scholarship in 1994. Since then, more than 25 young, aspiring journalists of color have received the award created by the late CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent. Past winners have gone on to work for organizations including NPR, CNN, and Al-Jazeera America. They have enjoyed careers from reporter, anchor, and media attorney to Saturday Night Live comedy writer and White House speechwriter.
The recipient of the prestigious Ed Bradley Scholarship will receive $10,000.
About RTDNF Scholarships and Fellowships
The 2020 scholarship and fellowship class is RTDNF’s 50th class of scholars and fellows. Since 1970, RTDNF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and fellowships to more than 500 young journalists as part of its mission as the educational arm of RTDNA. Recipients have gone on enjoy careers from reporter, anchor, and news director to White House speechwriter, media regulatory attorney, and journalism educator. Several have served as RTDNA board members and many are Murrow Award winners. Make a difference for the next generation of journalists today.