Arizona Republic Fellowship Honors the Memory of Slain Reporter Don Bolles

Endowment will fund ASU student participation in Carnegie-Knight News21 annual summer project.

It was 40 years ago, in June of 1976, that Don Bolles was targeted by a remote-controlled dynamite bomb placed under his vehicle at a Phoenix hotel. The Arizona Republic reporter, celebrated for his coverage of the mafia, died a week and a half later from injuries sustained in the June 2 attack.

In honor of his legacy, the paper has announced a namesake gift of $62,500 to ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The Don Bolles News21 Fellowship will allow an ASU student, starting next summer, to participate in the annual Carnegie Knight-News21 investigative initiative.

Per the video excerpt above, last year’s topic was the legalization of marijuana; this summer’s focus is federal election voter participation. From the ASU announcement:

“At Cronkite, we try to make sure that every student who enters the school knows about Don Bolles,” Cronkite School associate dean Kristin Gilger said. “We sincerely appreciate The Arizona Republic continuing his legacy through this fellowship.”

News21 projects have won numerous awards, including four EPPY Awards from Editor & Publisher magazine, the first Student Edward R. Murrow Award for video excellence and a host of honors by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hearst Awards Program, considered the Pulitzer Prizes of collegiate journalism.

The reporting done each summer by News21 students is additionally published by major newspapers and various websites.