Remembering Stephen Gates

Stephen GatesOct. 4 marks six years since Stephen Kennedy Gates, a 1998 J-school broadcasting graduate and a member of the Tar Heel Sports Network radio crew, was killed in a hit-and-run accident. He was 27 years old.

Stephen's professional colleagues called him a rising star. He received the Telly Award honoring outstanding regional and national programs, the William Randolph Hearst Certificate of Special Merit for excellence in radio broadcast news, the N.C. Baseball Broadcaster of the Year Award and the Burlington Indians' All-time Broadcaster Memorial Award.

His career began as student intern in 1996. He was the radio voice of UNC baseball and women's basketball; the sideline reporter for football; and the scoreboard and post-game call-in host for men's basketball.

Family, friends, colleagues, sponsors and fans created a scholarship in his honor at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication for qualified students committed to a career in sports broadcasting.

The 2009 recipient of the Stephen Kennedy Gates Memorial Scholarship is Alystia Moore, a junior electronic communications major from Daleville, Ala.

Gifts to the scholarship fund may be made online or in the mail to:

Stephen Kennedy Gates Memorial Scholarship Fund
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
UNC - Chapel Hill
Campus Box 3365
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

For more information, contact the school's development and alumni affairs office at 919.962.3037 or e-mail