Jessica Savitch scholarship winners honored

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Since 1989, the Jessica Savitch Broadcast Journalism Scholarship has supported the education of young women at Temple who are working toward a career in front of the camera.

Named after a popular Philadelphia broadcaster who passed in a tragic accident in 1983, the scholarship is awarded to students with an interest in broadcast journalism who have a financial need.

At a May 1 lunch, some of the recent recipients of the scholarship were able to thank Savitch’s sister, Lori Savitch.

Lori, who has created a website,, to honor her sister’s work, described how Jessica laid the foundation for the female students to pursue their dreams.

“She was doing what she was doing at the dawn of the women’s movement,” Lori said.

In 2013, sophomore Nicole Bernier, and juniors Alexandra Keller and Samantha Kordelski, all journalism majors, earned the scholarship.

Also in attendance were former recipients Brittany Miller, JOUR ’11, an anchor/reporter at News 12 New York and Haley Kmetz, a senior journalism major.

Kmetz said Jessica Savitch epitomized “what good journalists can and should be” and that the scholarship “gave me the confidence to continue in a highly competitive field.”