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Local receives DoD’s top journalism award



CARSON CITY— Airman 1st Class Tori Fleck, a U.S. Air Force broadcast specialist with American Forces Network, Europe received the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award denoting her the Dept. of Defense’s outstanding new broadcaster for 2010. (Fleck is not a member of the Nevada National Guard, but we are disseminating this release at the request of the family.)

The Thomas Jefferson Awards Program is a competition for Department of Defense, military and civilian, print and broadcast products. The annual contest is sponsored by the Defense Media Activity and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs to stimulate and reward excellence and professionalism in Department of Defense print and broadcast media.

Fleck’s winning submissions received praise from the judges. One judge stated, “Fleck is a very versatile broadcaster whose enthusiasm for her job jumps out of the TV and radio. Any newsroom could benefit from her talents.”

Fleck, 21, grew up in the Reno area. She was on the volleyball and swim teams at McQueen high school and graduated from Truckee Meadows Community College high school in June 2007.

Fleck enlisted in the Air Force in Feb. 2009. After basic training she attended the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Md. and is currently stationed at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Casteau, Belgium.

View the winning entry at http://www.af.mil/news/video/index.asp?cid=495&sid=19527

Fleck is available for questions at 775-636-6128. The best time to call is 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. PST or email [email protected]. Her mother, Lisa Fleck, can be reached at 775-824-3640 ext. 121.


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