VERMILLION, S.D. — A University of South Dakota Media & Journalism student from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, won this year’s Greater Sioux City (Iowa) Press Club’s Karen A. Luken Memorial Scholarship.
Kayla Dorhout, who plans to graduate in May, received $1,000 toward her education. She has worked for a community cable TV station in Minnesota, a statewide cable system in South Dakota, interned at KDLT-TV (NBC) in Sioux Falls and currently anchors for USD’s student-run TV station and writes for its newspaper, The Volante.
"She is a polished, well-spoken reporter who knows how to handle television or radio, as well as print and online platforms,” said Michelle Van Maanen, USD Media & Journalism chair. "Kayla is someone who understands the business and she is positioning herself for an outstanding media career.”
Luken, who died of cancer in March 2015, started as a reporter at the Sioux City Journal in 1963 and worked her way up to managing editor until her retirement in 2006. She was a charter member of the Greater Sioux City Press Club and initiated its scholarship for college journalism students in 1975.