Fall 1999

1999 Headlines:
• John F. Kennedy Jr. Dies in Plane Crash (July 16, 1999)
• Major Earthquake Kills 15,000 in Turkey (August 17, 1999)
A 1999 alum has two lasting memories of her CQS internship. Read about them here.

1. Charles Anthony III, Xavier University, Brentwood (Calif.) News
2. Jason Begay, University of New Mexico, The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune
3. [...]

Putting integrity and ethics into practice

by Martha Ramirez
It’s been more than three years since an eager, ready-to-learn young journalist with aspirations of making a difference arrived in Washington, D.C., knowing that, above all else, being a Chips Quinn Scholar is a big deal.
I was a little over a month into my first full-time gig at a newspaper and was the [...]

Spring 2000

2000 Headlines:
• World Celebrates the New Millennium (January 1, 2000)
• Cuban Refugee Elian Gonzalez Reunited With Father After Raid on Miami Relatives’ Home (April 22, 2000)
In the spring of 2000, this Scholar covered a triple homicide, shared a ride with Ralph Nader, interviewed a circus performer – and forged a career from her [...]

Hooked on journalism

by Katie Oyan
I was young, green and fresh out of college when I went through the Chips Quinn Scholars program in the spring of 2000. Orientation was held in San Francisco, which, by itself, was an exciting experience for a girl from Kadoka, S.D. I remember the all-star lineup of speakers and feeling lucky to be [...]

Summer 2001

2001 Headlines:
• National Missile Defense Plans Outlined by Bush (May 1, 2001)
• Energy Policy Unveiled by Bush as U.S. Faces Worst Energy Shortages since the 1970s (May 17, 2001)
• U.S. Senator Jeffords of Vermont Leaves Republican Party, Giving Control of Senate to Democrats (May 24, 2001)
A 2001 alum appreciates how the CQS program helps [...]

Passing on a love of reading, writing and becoming informed

by Marci A. Turner
Walking into the Chips Quinn Scholar program orientation that night in Summer 2001, I was at a crossroad. Would I pursue my dream of working at a newspaper or would I go to graduate school?  After being in Washington, D.C., for only a few days, my answer became crystal clear.
I realized that I had the heart of [...]

Life, literacy, laughter

by Kimberly M. Gay
Life, literacy and laughter are the words that come to mind when I reflect on my Chips Quinn Scholars experience.
I was a “non-traditional” Scholar. After spending 18 years in the world of retail management, I returned to school to get my bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a concentration in print journalism.
I [...]

Spring 2003

2003 Headlines:
• North Korea Withdraws from Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (January 10, 2003)
• France, Germany Oppose Military Action Against Iraq (January 22, 2003)
• Report by U.N. Weapons Inspectors Criticizes Iraqi Noncompliance; Proof of Disarmament Said to Be Lacking (January 27, 2003)
• U.S. President Bush’s State of the Union Addresses Iraq, Economy (January 28, 2003)
• U.S. [...]

The Chips network: A tour guide in every city

by Nancy Yang
When I think back to the 20-year-old me who showed up for Chips Quinn orientation in the spring of 2003, I distinctly remember how petrified I was about whether I’d do well (what if I was a dud? Would the Chips Quinn Scholars program decide not to keep me?).

Thankfully, my fears did not [...]

Spring 2002

2002 Headlines:
• Tensions Between India and Pakistan Remain High; Military Buildup Along Border Follows Attack on Indian Parliament (January 2002)
• Winter Olympics Held in Salt Lake City, Utah (February 8-24, 2002)
The CQS program is about two things for this 2002 alum: the First Amendment and being a member of the “newspaper industry super [...]

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