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Aug. 5, 2004

UI Junior Brian Triplett Wins National Scholarship

Brian Triplett, a junior in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a graduate of Assumption High School in Davenport, has won a $5,000 Murray Scholarship from the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation. Triplett was one of only seven journalism students nationwide to win the award.

This is the second year in a row that a UI student has won the Murray Scholarship. To qualify, students must be second or third year undergraduates accepted into their university's School of Journalism. The Foundation selects a topic for a 1,000-word essay, and students submit essays to their journalism schools. Each school chooses one student's essay, and that student compiles an application including a transcript to be judged by a group of national writers selected by the foundation.

The foundation will pay for Triplett to travel to Los Angeles in October to receive the award at its annual Murray Scholars dinner and golf classic.

Murray was the Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times for 37 years, and a 14-time winner of the Sportswriter of the Year award. His outstanding work landed him a spot in the writers' wing in Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. Murray's career began in 1943 at the New Haven (Conn.) Register. He worked for the now extinct Herald Examiner in Los Angeles and Time, Inc. as the Hollywood cinema correspondent and was one of the founders of Sports Illustrated in 1954. Following his death in 1998, Linda McCoy-Murray established the foundation to perpetuate her late husband's memory and his love and dedication to his extraordinary career in journalism.

Triplett, who is majoring in journalism and English, has been a sportswriter for The Daily Iowan for two years. A recipient of the competitive Daily Iowan Scholarship, Triplett will be the paper's sports editor in the fall. He is working this summer as a reporting intern at ESPN.com in Bristol, Conn.

For more information on the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation please call 310-476-8948 or email MurrayScholars@aol.com.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Jim Murray Memorial Foundation, MurrayScholars@aol.com