2009 Tim Russert Medal Of Merit Award
This is also the second year of a special tribute to Buffalo’s own Tim Russert, as the Buffalo Broadcasters Association has selected Cassandra Eldred as its 2009 Tim Russert Medal of Merit Award winner.
Eldred who earned her bachelor’s degree in May from Canisius College, where she graduated with an impressive 3.6 overall grade point average. She was nominated by Barbara Irwin, Ph.D. professor and chair at Canisius.
In 2008, Eldred served internships with WGRZ-TV and CNN News in Atlanta, and she was recently awarded the 2009 Gold Excalibur Award from the Public Relations Society of America, Buffalo/Niagara Chapter.
In 2008, the first Russert Award went to Amanda Hartman, a graduate from Brockport State College who was accepted into the master’s program at the prestigious Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University which she is now attending. She is the first Brockport student to be selected to participate in a special web-based news service project by Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle newspaper during her senior year.
Professors and department heads from the communication programs at the seven area colleges and universities across Western New York are given the opportunity to nominate an outstanding senior student who is committed to a career in media.
In 2003, Tim Russert was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Through this special award in his name, the Buffalo Broadcasters hope to inspire more young people to dedicate their lives to broadcasting and journalism.