WSU Names First Recipient of Ben Burns Scholarship

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Wayne State University has selected the first recipient of a scholarship named after a Michigan journalism icon.

The Detroit News reports ( ) that Wayne State junior Daniel Dumas received the Ben Burns Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism.

Dumas said Saturday during a ceremony that he's "filled with joy and reverence" to receive the scholarship. He's a member of the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity, which Burns helped create.

Burns belongs to Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame and served as executive editor at The Detroit News from 1983 to 1986. He worked for numerous other publications, including the Lansing State Journal, Macomb Daily and the Daily Tribune of Royal Oak.

He also led Wayne State's journalism program, joining the faculty in 1991.

Burns died in September of acute myeloid leukemia.

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