Columbia, Mo. (Dec. 21, 2010) — Missouri School of Journalism senior Nick Gass is the 2010-2011 recipient of the David Kaplan Memorial Fellowship. He will receive a $10,000 stipend to work at the ABC News Washington bureau, where he will contribute to a variety of programs including Nightline, This Week and World News Tonight during the spring semester.
The fellowship honors David Kaplan, MA ’75, a producer at ABC News who was killed while on assignment in Sarajevo, Bosnia, in 1992.
“Nick impressed the faculty selection committee and ABC’s Sam Donaldson with his command of current events and his thoughtful but direct answers to questions about journalism ethics and practices,” said Mike McKean, an associate professor who has served as chair of the Kaplan Fellowship selection committee since its inception in 1992. “I personally thought Nick was extremely poised and professional – two qualities that will ensure he represents Mizzou well in Washington.”
ABC News’ Sam Donaldson created the program with funds that he and his colleagues donated to honor Kaplan. He also sits on the selection committee. Donaldson was a reporter, correspondent and anchor for ABC News for almost 40 years.
“I’ve never been to Washington, so I’m really looking forward to exploring the city as I experience this amazing opportunity,” Gass said.