Shannon Shepherd of Ashburn honored with Russert Medal by Buffalo Broadcasters Association

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ST. BONAVENTURE, NY (07/23/2012)(readMedia)-- St. Bonaventure University May graduate Shannon Shepherd of Ashburn, Va., has won the Tim Russert Medal of Merit, the third straight year a St. Bonaventure journalism and mass communication major has won the award.

Lauren Adams, '11, and Amanda Ciavarri, '10, won the award - given annually by the Buffalo (N.Y.) Broadcasters Association - the last two years.

Shepherd, the most recent winner of St. Bonaventure's Hellinger Award, will receive a $1,000 award at the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame induction dinner in September.

Shepherd was the sideline reporter for SBU-TV sports for men's basketball for the last three seasons. She also broadcast women's basketball games and worked closely with the Sports Information Office contributing post-game basketball highlight packages, behind-the-scenes documentaries and her miniseries "Out Of Bounds."

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association created the award in 2008 in memory of Buffalo native Tim Russert, the NBC News reporter and "Meet the Press" host who was inducted into the BBA Hall of Fame in 2003.

The non-profit Buffalo Broadcasters Foundation was formally organized in 1996 with membership consisting of media professionals and the general public. The Buffalo Broadcasters are dedicated to preserving and promoting Western New York's rich broadcasting history, and saluting and encouraging quality broadcasting.

About the University: Inspired for more than 150 years by the Catholic Franciscan values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them.