Grady College honors two Fink scholars

Daniel Funke, a journalism major from Alpharetta, Georgia, and Kendall Trammell, a digital and broadcast journalism major from Newnan, Georgia, are this year’s Conrad C. Fink Scholars for Grady College at the University of Georgia.

The scholarship was created to recognize students who demonstrate “promise, journalistic integrity, intellectual courage and commitment to a career in journalism” and who honor the spirit and achievement of Fink, one of Grady College’s most revered professors for three decades. Among his many teaching honors, Fink was a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and was named a Freedom Forum's National Journalism Teacher of the Year.

Funke and Trammell, who both have experience as senior reporters for the Red & Black, strive for excellence in journalism in the classroom and in their extracurricular activities, according to Janice Hume, head of the Journalism Department.

“Kendall and Daniel are so impressive,” Hume said. “Their work ethic and commitment to journalism excellence represent exactly what a Fink Scholar should be.”

Funke shows passion for journalism in all of his activities. He is a collegiate correspondent for USA Today and a CURO research assistant, studying how multimedia elements affect media consumer retention.

Trammell also boasts a wide spread of professional experience, serving as segment producer, anchor, and reporter on the “Grady Mock Show FiveSeventy” newscast and as an intern for Voice of America last summer.

The memorial scholarship program is meaningful to faculty and staff as it honors the legacy of Fink, who was inducted posthumously into the Georgia Newspaper Hall of Fame on June 4, 2015.

Date: June 9, 2015
Author:  Andrew Porter,