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Award-Winning DePauw Student Journalist Contributing Front Page Stories to Newspaper This Summer

July 15, 2003

July 15, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - R. Brandon Sokol, a DePauw University senior who will serve as editor-in-chief of The DePauw in the fall semester, is spending his summer as an intern at the Anderson Herald-Bulletin and has contributed several front page stories to the Indiana newspaper. The front page of today's Herald-Bulletin carries Sokol's story about a woman from Washington State, who is traveling the nation by bicycle.

"Five years and 33 states after Ruth Thomas' trek across America on bicycle began, she's arrived in Anderson," the article begins. "Thomas, who's traveled exactly 9,927.1 miles as of Monday, is visiting the smallest town in each state, which brought her to River Forest, an incorporated community of eight houses and one street, located off West Eighth Street and enveloped by the city of Anderson."

You can access the complete text by clicking here. Other stories by Brandon Sokol can be accessed here, here, here and here.

Sokol, a Management Fellow at DePauw, is among seven staff members of The DePauw, Indiana's oldest college newspaper, who are finalists for a Society of Professional Journalists' 2002 Mark of Excellence Award for outstanding student journalism (the winner will be announced in September). The students' coverage of the April 7, 2002 fire at Rector Hall is one of three national finalists for "Best Spot News Reporting" (read more here). Brandon Sokol was among six DePauw student journalists to win a coveted Mark of Excellence Award in 2001 (read more here). Last December, he was among two members of The DePauw staff to be honored for excellence in journalism by the Hoosier State Press Association (read more here).