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."

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