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John Carroll University senior Olivia Shackleton is the recipient of the 2020 NBC/John Carroll University “Meet the Press” Fellowship.

The fellowship was first awarded in 2009 in honor of Tim Russert ’72, who passed away in 2008 following more than 16 years at the helm of “Meet the Press.” The University’s Department of Communication also bears his name.

Shackleton, a communication and political science double major, is a Leadership Scholar and is active with The Carroll News, serving as Editor-in-Chief during the 2018-2019 academic year. During her time at JCU, she is also involved in the John Carroll Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists, WJCU 88.7 Radio, and the University Committee on Educational Policies. Shackleton is the 12th John Carroll student to earn the fellowship since 2009.

“I am so grateful and excited for the opportunity to be a fellow at ‘Meet the Press,’” Shackleton says. “I cannot wait to be working with and learning from everyone at NBC. I hope to uphold and honor Tim Russert’s legacy.” 

The NBC/John Carroll University “Meet the Press” Fellowship is awarded to a graduating senior motivated to pursue a career in political journalism. The fellowship is a nine-month position at “Meet the Press,” the top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program and the longest running television program in the world.

Learn more about the fellowship and see where the previous fellows are now by visiting the JCU Meet the Press webpage.