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The Michael S. Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship provides funds to allow an undergraduate or graduate journalism student to get experience in international reporting as part of the Journalism Without Walls program. This program has sent students on reporting trips to China, Russia, Cuba, Kenya and Turkey, with trips scheduled in the summer and winter semesters. Journalism Without Walls is run by the School of Journalism’s Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting.
The scholarship was established in 2013 to honor the memory of Emmy-winning CBS News producer Michael Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum had an illustrious 27-year career at CBS, producing for CBS News, 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II. He served as Tel Aviv bureau chief during the First Palestinian Intifada, collaborating with correspondents Dan Rather and Bob Simon. His field producing during the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 led to the Peabody award and two Emmy awards. He died of a brain tumor in May, 2012, at age 64.
Rosenbaum’s family and friends created a foundation that provided $30,000 to establish the scholarship. This gift was matched by a special grant from Jim and Marilyn Simons and the Simons Foundation, to establish a $60,000 endowed scholarship.