RTDNF names 2020 Minnotte Fellow

November 4, 2020 11:00

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation today named Lucia Starbuck the 2020 Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellow.

Lucia Starbuck is a corps member with Report for America reporting for KUNR, a NPR member station in Reno, Nevada. She has a passion for local journalism and in her reporting Starbuck covers the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the affordable housing crisis, homelessness, a lack of access to healthcare and protests in her community. Starbuck contributed to KUNR’s coverage of hateful expressions, including anti-Semitism, at the University of Nevada, Reno, produced in 2019, which won a regional Edward R. Murrow award in the Continuing Coverage category and first place in the Associated Press Television and Radio Association broadcast contest for Continuing Coverage.

To get to know Lucia, we asked, Who is a journalist you most look up to? She said:
I look up to Terry Gross, the host and co-executive producer of NPR’s Fresh Air. I’m in awe of the way she makes guests feel comfortable while being interviewed. I am especially impressed by the extensive research she compiles of her subjects. When Gross chatted with rapper Jay-Z, I believe the best question she asked is why male rap music is about demanding respect, but why doesn’t the respect transfer to women. I’ve asked myself the same question and I think she’s so powerful for asking a popular musician such an unexpected and compelling question.

About the Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship
This award was created to honor former news director and Medstar executive Jacque Minnotte, who died in 1993. This fellowship recognizes excellence in health or medical television and radio reporting.

Winners of the Minnotte Fellowship receive $2,000.

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.