The Radio Television Digital News Foundation today named Dana Whyte the 2020 Michele Clark Fellow.
Dana Whyte is an award-winning reporter at WOOD-TV8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Dana began her professional career in Michigan's capital city of Lansing before moving her way up to West Michigan's dominant NBC affiliate in just less than two years. Dana prides herself in wearing her natural hair on air and serving as an inspiration for up and coming journalists of color. Dana's career goals include starting a nonprofit to help young women pursue higher education and becoming a network news correspondent.
To get to know Dana, we askd, Who is a journalist you most look up to? She said:
One of the best journalists I've had the pleasure of working with is Caresse Jackman, who is currently a consumer investigative reporter at WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. When I was an intern in college at WJRT ABC12 in Flint, Michigan during the Flint Water Crisis, where Caresse previously worked, she took me under her wing and showed me the ropes of how to be a great reporter. She taught me that it's important to be a good person first while out in the field, and a good reporter second. I still think of the lessons she taught me to this day.
About the Michele Clark Fellowship
RTDNF's first fellowship is named for Michele Clark, the CBS News correspondent who was killed in a plane crash while on assignment in 1972. This fellowship is awarded to a young, promising minority professional in television or radio news.
Winners of the Michele Clark Fellowship receive $1,000.
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.