2012 Tim Russert Medal of Merit Award
Fans who followed the St. Bonaventure men’s and women’s basketball teams during their memorable 2011-12 season are familiar with this year’s Tim Russert Medal of Merit Award recipient. Shannon Shepherd had a prominent role as a play-by-play announcer, color analyst and courtside reporter for the SBU-TV live game coverage of the two teams, streamed on St. Bonaventure’s website.
Shepherd graduated in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University. She is the 2012 recipient of the Mark Hellinger Award, the top honor awarded by St. Bonaventure’s Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication to a graduating senior.
The BBA created this award in 2008 in memory of Buffalo’s own Tim Russert who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. The award-open to juniors, seniors, and recent graduates of Western New York’s colleges and universities-was created to inspire young people who might follow in Russert’s footsteps, pursuing his passions of broadcasting and journalism.