Gabrielle Adams wins Peter Leonard Scholarship

Gabrielle Adams wins Peter Leonard Scholarship

Sandy Rose

21 November 2011: Journalism student Gabrielle Adams has been awarded the 2011 Peter Leonard Scholarship.

The scholarship is the result of a partnership between the University of Canberra, the ACT Government and WIN television, with the winner announced at a presentation last week.

Mr Leonard spent 42 years working in the media, with 16 years as WIN's local news presenter. He passed away in September 2008 after a battle with mesothelioma aged 66.

The scholarship is a legacy to his devotion to broadcast journalism and the ACT community.

Ms Adams received $5,000 and a two-week internship at WIN TV.

The Peter leonard Scholarship winners 2011

Scholarship finalists: Gabrielle Adams, Grace Keyworth and Alana Shegog. Photo: Michelle McAulay

“The internship helped expose me to how a newsroom works and gave me an insight into the journalism industry in Canberra,” she said.

Ms Adams was able to gain a full-time journalism position with WIN after completing her internship.

Grace Keyworth and Alana Shegog were runners up in the competition each receiving $1,000 and a one-week internship at WIN.

WIN TV Presenter and Chief-of-Staff Danielle Post said all three finalists had great journalism skills and instincts.

“This isn’t going to be the last time you see these three. You will see them in local news, in national news and they are already on Twitter,” Ms Post said.

Gabrielle Adams and Gwen Leonard

Gwen Leonard congratulates winner Gabrielle Adams. Photo: Michelle McAulay

The dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design Professor Lyndon Anderson congratulated the finalists on their success.

“The University of Canberra produces an excellent quality journalists. We have committed staff, enthusiastic students and the unique opportunity of being in the nation’s capital,” he said.

Peter Leonard’s wife, Gwen, and daughter, Natasha, also attended the ceremony and voiced their continued support for the scholarship.

“My husband was passionate about broadcast and television journalism and maintained that enthusiasm throughout his career and I hope these girls have a similar experience,” Mrs Leonard said.