Sarah Portlock Fellman and her husband, Sam Fellman.

Sarah Portlock Fellman and her husband, Sam Fellman.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Parents Give $10,000 to Kick Off WCVE NPR Fund in Honor of Former Journalist

One day fund drive will be held June 26.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 10:20 AM

Sarah Portlock Fellman was making strides in journalism.

The local Collegiate alumnus and Columbia School of Journalism graduate had been working at The Wall Street Journal when she suddenly passed last year during a recovery from a brain aneurysm she suffered while seven months pregnant. Her daughter, Aviva Portlock Fellman, survived and is a healthy one-year-old today.

On June 26, WCVE NPR will celebrate Fellman's life by raising funds for internships in her memory. Fellman's parents, Nancy Raybin and Bill Portlock, are giving a gift of $10,000 in her honor to kick off the day-long effort. A release from the station noted that her parents felt that their daughter listening to WCVE NPR while growing up inspired her to become a journalist.

click to enlarge Fellman's parents, Nancy Raybin and Bill Portlock, are honoring their daughter's life with a $10,000 challenge donation
  • Fellman's parents, Nancy Raybin and Bill Portlock, are honoring their daughter's life with a $10,000 challenge donation

You can go here to donate to the cause.

The station recently doubled its news/talk and music programming, creating the need for new talent. Its website lists how the funds will help, including engaging more students from local colleges, and helping the radio news team better understand how to serve younger listeners.

"The funds raised will help us support our already successful internship program that has been a significant asset to our news operation and provided valuable, real-life experience to students developing their news-gathering skills," says Bill Miller, vice-president and general manager for Radio, Community Idea Stations. "Interns have represented our station in the community by recording events and press conferences to provide sound for later broadcasts. They have bolstered our digital presence by gathering material for online stories. Without them, there would have been many stories over the years that our news department was unable to cover and unable to bring to our community."

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Connect with Style Weekly

Studio Blog

  • Rock Notes

    Rock Notes

    New albums coming from the Milkstains and the Ar-Kaics.
    • Apr 13, 2021
  • Friday Cheers Announces Summer '21 Shows

    Friday Cheers Announces Summer '21 Shows

    Brown's Island outdoor pod shows will feature local bands starting May 7.
    • Apr 6, 2021
  • Former Innsbrook After Hours announces new concerts, venue and name

    Former Innsbrook After Hours announces new concerts, venue and name

    Series of at least 30 concerts will move to Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.
    • Mar 29, 2021
  • More »

    Copyright © 2021 Style Weekly
    Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
    All rights reserved
    Powered by Foundation