By Blaine Grisak
Online Reporter Project
Anthony Fleet says he is humbled and honored to be chosen as the 2016 Flamminio Scholar.
Fleet, a new journalism graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship, which is named after the late Ralph Flamminio (1927-1986). The scholarship is presented at the annual News Excellence Awards program, hosted by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors and the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
The award honors Flamminio’s drive for journalistic excellence. A veteran newsman known across the state, Flamminio had worked for the last 12 years of his life as an editor and news executive at the Morning Call in Allentown. He spent more than 20 years as the principal organizer and host of the PAPME convention.
“There were a lot of very quality candidates, and for me to win such a very prestigious award, it’s very humbling and very honoring,” said Fleet, a first-generation college student.
Fleet said that he found out a few weeks ago that he had won the award when Sandy Clark, managing editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, e-mailed and told him to call so that she could deliver the good news.
Fleet has been a contributing writer for the Germantown Beat a website produced by student journalists at LaSalle to cover Philadelphia’s historic Germantown neighborhood. He also covered sports for the Collegian, his school paper.
“He is the most talented student I have had the pleasure to teach in my 10 years at La Salle,” said journalism professor Huntly Collins. “Anthony has a natural nose for news and is willing to seek it out no matter what obstacles stand in his way.” He has also served as a digital marketing intern for Subaru of America and worked as a reporting intern for billypenn.com, a mobile media startup. “I’m going to give him my resume before he leaves,” Clark joked.
Fleet’s passions lie in sports and mass transit, but he is also interested in writing about racial issues in academic and business settings. Clark praised him for his story exploring the lack of minority teachers at LaSalle.
“I’m just going to be a sponge and wherever I go and and whatever path I set track on, it’s meant to be and I’m excited for it,” Fleet said.
Fleet will enter the master’s program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University to study interactive journalism and integrated marketing.