School of Journalism and Mass Communication

This spring, two Piper J3 Cubs will set out on a journey to the place where aviation began. It will be the first flight to Wright Brothers Airport via all of Ohio's 88 counties and will honor the 75th anniversary of the airplane that taught nearly a half-million pilots to fly.

Joe Murray, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University, will pilot a Piper J3 Cub, while Ron Siwik, a former U.S. military flight surgeon, who served in Vietnam, will join the flight, piloting a second Piper Cub.

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation awarded a Kent State University broadcast journalism student the top television finalist award, along with a $2,600 scholarship.

Jeannette Reyes, a Kent State senior and TV2 reporter and anchor, submitted two of her broadcast stories to the Journalism Awards Program’s Broadcast Features Competition without realizing the award’s prestige.

“I didn’t know much about it," Reyes says. "I found out through my professors and went from there."