Conaway Receives Don Marsh Scholarship

MORGANTOWN, W.Va .--Danielle Conaway, a journalism graduate student at West Virginia University, is the 2007 recipient of the Don Marsh Scholarship in Health Care Writing. Conaway has received a six-hour tuition waiver and a paid internship at the Communications Division of Health Sciences Center where she is currently responsible for various journalistic projects.

Conaway received her B.A. in English from WVU and worked as a copy editor for The Daily Athenaeum during her senior year. Recently, she was employed as a freelance writer for The Dominion Post and a graduate assistant for the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at WVU. Conaway will begin her thesis work this semester and intends to explore the effects of blogs on print journalism. Outside of academics, she enjoys playing music with her band Ish at Morgantown venues such as 123 Pleasant Street.

The scholarship honors West Virginia journalist Don Marsh, who was employed at the Charleston Gazette for 40 years – first as a reporter, then as an editor and columnist. Marsh gained a national reputation for exposing arrogance, corruption, and hypocrisy through his work as a journalist. He became editor of the Charleston Gazette in 1976 and won The American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for commentary in 1987.

After his retirement from the daily newspaper, Marsh was a commentator on the West Virginia MetroNews radio network until his death in 1999.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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