PBS Honors Local Rising Star

Mary Williams
Mary Williams of Hughes STEM High School is the Gwen Ifill Legacy Fellow at local PBS station CET in Cincinnati

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs has selected four up-and-coming journalists, including Cincinnati student Mary Williams, from its nationwide network of high school broadcast programs to be honored at the National Education Telecommunications Association conference next week in Washington, DC.

The Student Press Law Center and the Freedom Forum Institute declared 2019 the year of the student journalist to honor the critical role student reporters play in keeping their communities informed. Student Reporting Labs, with over 150 schools and clubs across the country, engages 3,000 students per year to produce original reporting on important local issues from a youth perspective. Recent series include teens and vaping, immigration, school safety, local public art and the impact of stereotyping.

Mary Williams is a college sophomore in Cincinnati, Ohio, attending the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Mary, who graduated from Hughes STEM High School, was a 2017 SRL Fellow, and went on to become a Gwen Ifill Fellow at local station CET in 2018. She has produced several pieces for the PBS NewsHour, including this story about a Mt. Vernon tour guide working to remember the lives of enslaved people who built America, and this piece about how a 3-D printed hand gave a young girl the gift of play.