Katie Hunger will join 24 students from 19 colleges in studying disaster recovery reporting. (Submitted photo)
Katie Hunger will join 24 students from 19 colleges in studying disaster recovery reporting. (Submitted photo)
Two former Madison Courier interns, now studying journalism in college, have been recognized for their accomplishments in their chosen careers.

Collin Overton, of Milton, and Katie Hunger, of Scottsburg, joined The Madison Courier during the summer of 2018. Both were interns in the news department and reported throughout the Courierarea.

Overton returned to Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, where he is editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Eastern Progress, and Hunger went back to DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where she is editor-in-chief of that campus newspaper, The DePauw.

Overton and his student journalist colleagues recently accepted multiple awards when they attended the the 150th Kentucky Press Association Convention.

“For KPA to recognize the work students journalists do across the state is much needed, especially considering the barriers we often face in getting the job done,” Overton said. “Students often feel they’re taking a risk when they decide to hold accountable the very institutions that are paying their scholarships or their student newspaper’s budget.”

Overton also accepted awards for his writing in The Eastern Progess — second place in Best General News story for an article he wrote on Eastern Kentucky University’s struggling marching band and Best Business/Agribusiness story for his coverage of a distillery stirring up controversy in Henry County. Other members of The Eastern Progress took home awards for Best Enterprise or Analytical Story, Creative Use of Multimedia and Best Column.

“I came away from the 2018 KPA Convention with so much pride in the work that I do, and in my Progress staff in general,” Overton said. “In my time here, I’ve helped build great teams, honed essential skills and made some of the best friends I’ve ever had.”

While working at The DePauw, Hunger was invited with one other DePauw student to join 24 students from 19 colleges in the Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigation into Disaster Recovery multimedia reporting program. During this initiative, Hunger will go to Arizona State University this summer to conduct an investigation into disaster recovery in the United States.

“This program offers such a unique opportunity to dive into one subject area and dedicate a lot of time to research and reporting,” Hunger said. “We have a semester-long class and all summer to investigate, and I couldn’t be more excited to try my hand at investigative reporting alongside other student journalists from all over the country.”

Hunger and the group of 23 other students involved in the 2019 investigation will join a dozen students from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to examine how local and federal governments allocate the funds to communities affected by disasters.

“I love the idea that by the end of the summer the work we’ve done will really matter to a lot of people,” Hunger said.

Courier staff writer Elisabeth Moore can be reached at (812) 265-3641.