SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Valley Press Club Scholarship program reached a milestone on Saturday. It’s 50th year of encouraging future journalists.
22News found out the 22News Broadcast Scholarship is now awarded in the name of Kitty Broman. Kitty Broman who passed away earlier this year, was the first lady of Springfield television for many years.
On Saturday her husband William L. Putnam, the founder of WWLP-22News, presented the first Kitty Broman Scholarship.
Alexi Cohan’s father Todd accepted for his daughter a recent East Longmeadow High School graduate.
Bill Putnam said Kitty would have been proud to have the scholarship awarded in her honor.
“It means a lot, that’s as few words as I can put it. My Kitty who cared a lot for young folks starting of course with her own,” said Putnam.
Alexi Cohan is one of four young women who received the Valley Press Club Scholarship.
“It’s a huge accomplishment and I’m sure It’s going to help me along with my future in writing and it’s very exiting for me,” said Valley Press Club Scholarship winner Gina Orlandi.
“This is the future of our industry. The future journalists, broadcast journalists, sports journalists, newspaper writers,” said Valley Press Club Scholarship Chairperson Noreen Tassinari.
22News anchor and reporter Matt Caron was among Saturday’s speakers. Matt had received a Valley Press Club Broadcast Journalism Scholarship in 2006.
Matt is now the 22News weekend evening anchor. He hopes to inspire this latest group of scholarship winners.