This year's event honors Shannon Shepherd, class of 2012, a sports reporter/anchor at WSAW-TV, the CBS affiliate in Wausau, Wisc. Tyler Diedrich, '12 was recognized as the Hellinger runner-up.
Shepherd's love of St. Bonaventure basketball, the guidance of Paul Wieland, and the availability of a remote TV production course allowed her to hone her skills in writing and live reporting. By her junior year, she was the primary men's basketball sideline reporter and women's basketball color commentator for SBU-TV Sports.
As a senior, Shepherd created a gobonnies.com mini-series called "Out of Bounds with Shannon Shepherd," featuring video profiles of athletes from every St. Bonaventure sport. Shepherd also partnered with the Athletics Department and created highlight packages after basketball games and traveled to many road games, including the men's and women's Atlantic 10 Championships and their NCAA Tournament games.
Shepherd also interned with sports departments at network TV affiliates in Buffalo and Washington, D.C.
Shepherd received the Bob Koop Award for Broadcasting Excellence along with the Hellinger Award at graduation in May, and on Sept. 20 accepted the Tim Russert Medal of Merit from the Buffalo Broadcasters Asociation, the third straight year a St. Bonaventure student has won the award.
Tyler Diedrich, now a news producer at WHAM-TV in Rochester, spent five semesters as an editor at The Bona Venture, including three in its sports department and the last as editor in chief. He also worked three semesters for SBU-TV's news and sports programs, serving as a reporter, producer, anchor and basketball play-by-play announcer.
The Hilton native became St. Bonaventure's ninth Jim Murray Scholar in 2011 after a profile on is adviser, Paul Wieland, earned him one of five national $5,000 scholarships. He won the Jandoli Award at May graduation and earned honorable mention to Shepherd for the Koop Award.
Also honored was Bryan Jackson, '12 winner of the Buffalo News Entrepreneurial Reporting Award, and John Hanchette, '64, the Alumnus of the Year of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Hanchette, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, retired in May after teaching 10 years in the Jandoli School.