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In Honor of Cathy Clark: Excellence in Journalism Scholarship

The Cathy Clark Excellence in Journalism Scholarship supports journalism students in need

In Honor of Cathy Clark: Excellence in Journalism Scholarship

Clark and fellow alumna Alpert met in The Daily Aztec news-room. Photo courtesy of Alpert.

by Aura Depris

September 16, 2019

In honor of alumna Cathy Clark (‘73), an endowment has been established to provide life-changing scholarship support to students pursing a degree in journalism at San Diego State University. Contributions to the Cathy Clark Excellence in Journalism Scholarship will be matched up to $15,000 by longtime friend and alumnus Gene Gleeson (‘71).

Cathy Clark (’73) was a former editor of The Daily Aztec before spending 27 years as a television news anchor and reporter in San Diego. In addition to her work at KFMB, KNSD, and KUSI, she was also a celebrated contributor of San Diego Magazine and The San Diego Union Tribune.

Cathy’s friend and colleague, Adrienne Alpert (’73) worked closely with her in The Daily Aztec newsroom, remarking that she “was fascinated by how brilliantly and fast she wrote… [Cathy] was curious about everything… a really loyal friend… and a pretty tough cookie.”

Gene Gleeson (’71), another longtime friend of Cathy, remarked that she was “just a hoot in terms of personality, [and] absolutely right on as a journalist and independent-minded.”

With the generosity of Alpert and Gleeson, a scholarship for students pursuing journalism at San Diego State University has been created in Cathy’s honor to provide life-changing assistance to students in need of financial support.

Contributions to the Cathy Clark Excellence in Journalism Scholarship will be matched up to $15,000 by Gene Gleeson.

“Good, honest journalism meant everything to her [Cathy],” remarked Alpert. “My hope is that the recipients of the Cathy Clark Excellence in Journalism Scholarship will remember her and carry on her legacy.” Contributions to the Cathy Clark Excellence in Journalism Scholarship can be made here.

The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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