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Community scrapbook: Trevor Thompson

Posted: January 9, 2010 8:20 p.m.
Updated: January 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.
The Los Angeles Lakers recently announced that undergraduate University of Southern California Annenberg journalism students Trevor Thompson and Alex Goldsmith are the winners of the 2010 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship, which was awarded on center court at halftime of the Lakers-Oklahoma City Thunder game on Nov. 22.

The annual scholarship is funded by an endowment established by the Lakers in memory of Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Chick Hearn, who died in 2002. In addition to gifts from the Lakers and Hearn's widow, Marge Hearn, hundreds of fans have contributed to the scholarship fund at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

The Lakers, Marge Hearn and Geneva Overholser, director of USC Annenberg School of Journalism, made the official presentation to Thompson and Goldsmith during Chick Hearn Night, the game closest to the date of Hearn's birthday. In addition to a $5,000 scholarship, the students also have the opportunity to intern at Fox Sports Net and work on the network's Lakers telecasts as part of the scholarship.

Thompson, a junior from Valencia, and Goldsmith, a senior from Santa Fe, N.M., have had a passion for sports broadcasting for years.

Thompson has been sports anchor at USC's Annenberg TV News (ATVN) for two semesters, where he has also been the news anchor and sports reporter, and has written, shot, and produced day-of-air sports packages. He has hosted sports programs on USCs KSCR Radio, and is an intern at KCAL/KCBS in Los Angeles, where he assists reporters and Web editors with the production of sports stories. He has also interned at WTVF News in Nashville.

"Since I'm not playing competitive sports every day anymore, commenting and reporting on sports is the way I still feel like I'm in touch and have a connection," Thompson said.

The two student journalists' paths cross often on campus, and Goldsmith was the first person Thompson ever met at USC. While visiting the university as a high school senior, Goldsmith hosted Thompson.

The Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 at the request of the Hearn family and the Lakers in tribute to the legendary announcer. In addition to his more than 40 years with the Lakers, Hearn spent 1956-61 as the announcer for USC Trojans football and basketball games. In 1959, he was inducted into USC's Skull and Dagger Society as the Voice of Troy. To continue the legacy of Hearn, this scholarship provides talented broadcast journalism students at USC Annenberg School of Journalism with the opportunity to further develop their own unique voices.


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