Virginia university to honor late professor and AP correspondent

Officials at West Virginia University (WVU) recently announced plans to honor George Esper, a professor at WVU's P.I. Reed School of Journalism and a reporter for The Associated Press (AP), by creating a fund in his name, according to the news outlet.

Esper was a well-known and respected journalist who worked extensively in Saigon during the Vietnam War. He died earlier this month, having worked for the news outlet for more than 40 years. School officials say that the George Esper International Study Enhancement Fund will benefit journalism students who want to participate in study abroad programs or faculty-led excursions to foreign countries.

"This fund pays tribute not only to his career, but also to the transformative power of an international education and experience," Maryanne Reed, dean of the school, told WBOY News.

Esper graduated from WVU in 1953 and began his journalism career writing for WVU's student newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum, before taking a reporting position with The Morning Herald in his hometown of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

Journalism can be an exciting, challenging career path. If you're filling out college applications for schools with journalism majors, don't miss opportunities to get some experience through activities like writing for the college newspaper.


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