The Radio Television Digital News Foundation today named Michaela Vatcheva the 2020 Pete Wilson Scholar.
As a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting fellow, Michaela is a documentary filmmaker in training. Before she moved to California, she worked for PBS Wisconsin for five years and she fell in love with public media’s mission to serve all the diverse communities of the United States. Michaela's reporting interests include forced migration, environmental racism, equity in sports, motherhood and race, climate change, human rights, and forced assimilation.
To get to know Michaela, we asked, What is your dream job in journalism? She said:
I hope to be a documentary filmmaker. Even as a naturalized citizen, I grew up with PBS documentaries and learned a whole deal about being an American from Frontline. I believe people like me, who have grown up as minorities, have a special sensitivity and intuition when it comes to telling stories about migration, otherness, belonging. I want to tell these stories in the most engaging ways, which inspire other minority girls and nonbinary folks to tap into their own storytelling power.
About the Pete Wilson Scholarship
The Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship was established in 2007 to honor the late Pete Wilson, a San Francisco television and radio journalist. The scholarship is granted to a graduate journalism student from the San Francisco Bay area or attending a college or university in the Bay Area who shares Wilson's commitment to ethical, responsible journalism. The Pete Wilson Scholarship is open to both undergraduates and graduate applicants.
Winners of the Wilson Scholarship 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.