News from The O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism


Marquette University’s J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication has announced its inaugural class of three journalists who will take part in The Perry and Alicia O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism during the 2013-14 academic year. 

Dr. Lori Bergen, dean of the College of Communication: “We look forward to working closely with Hal, Dan and Lillian throughout the year to encourage progress as they work side by side with our students to provide expert, in-depth professional reporting.”


  • The journalism fellows are Hal Bernton of The Seattle Times, Dan Egan of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Lillian Thomas of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • They began their fellowship
    sAug. 24,2013, and will reside within the College of Communication for the 2013-14 academic year, with each researching and producing an in-depth public service journalism project on campus and working with Marquette students, giving them first-hand journalism experience.
  • Berton, Egan and Thomas will integrate students from the Diederich College of Communication into their projects as reporters and assistants, giving them first-hand experience in public journalism.


  • Heightening awareness and understanding of an important issue of our time.
  • Helping to motivate and inform legislative, civil or societal change.
  • Teaching and mentoring Marquette journalism students as tomorrow’s journalists, steeped in the importance of servant leadership through their profession.
  • Reinforcing the principles of self-governance and self-accountability among students
  • Participating in a two-day conference spotlighting the work of each fellowship project – at an event the Diederich College will produce and host at Marquette in October 2014.


Professional in Residence Director, Herbert Lowe at

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