Recent MJ-school alumna CB Cotton '16 named 2017 Michele Clark Fellow

CB Cotton, a 2016 graduate of the UNC School of Media and Journalism, has been named the 2017 Michele Clark Fellow by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation — marking the latest in a string of accomplishments for the MJ-school alumna.

Cotton was named this year's Clark Fellow on Thursday, Nov. 16, making her one of 12 students and new professionals to earn a scholarship or fellowship through the Foundation. The Clark Fellowship is awarded annually to a young, promising minority professional in television or radio news. 

Winners of the Clark Fellowship earns a $1,000 award and an invitation to the "Excellence in Journalism" conference, co-hosted annually by the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

While studying at UNC, Cotton was a reporter and anchor for "Carolina Week" and co-created the school's first morning show, "Wake Up, Carolina!" She also served as an MJ-school Ambassador.

The honors came early and often for Cotton, who earned the WTVD Endowment Scholarship in 2014; the Reese Felts Scholarship in 2015; and the Earl Wynn Creative Broadcasting Award in 2016. She also won the 2016 Hearst Journalism Award in the Television II: News category in January and the Hearst National Championship in Television News in June.

Before graduating from UNC, she interned with NBC/KNTV in San Francisco and with ABC 11/WTVD's investigative team. In March 2016, she was selected for the CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, one of a dozen students chosen for the workshop.

Cotton currently works in her hometown as the Jacksonville Bureau Chief for NBC's WITN in Eastern North Carolina.