Patricia Rey Mallén, a 2012 graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, won an Overseas Press Club Foundation Award for an essay about the impoverished family of a young college student who perished in a mine collapse in Peru.
She received the $2,000 award at the Foundation’s 2013 Annual Scholarship Luncheon held at the Yale Club in New York City. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, David Rohde of Reuters, was the keynote speaker.
Mallén was among 14 aspiring foreign correspondents selected by a panel of leading journalists from a pool of 175 applicants from 72 different colleges and universities.
Mallén was the recipient of the Theo Wilson Scholarship, named for a legendary reporter at the New York Daily News. She received the award from Roz Massow, a Wilson family friend.
The scholarship winners were also honored with a reception at Reuters the night before the luncheon and met with editors during a tour of The Associated Press headquarters in New York City. They also met with the page one editor of The Wall Street Journal and the executive editor of GlobalPost.
The OPC Foundation is the nation’s largest and most visible scholarship program encouraging aspiring journalists to pursue careers as foreign correspondents. Media organizations at the luncheon included AP, Bloomberg, CBS News, Reuters, and the Scripps Howard Foundation.