Nora Magid Mentorship Prize Winner Announced - ASHLEY PARKER

A Penn senior majoring in English and Communications, and a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, Ashley Parker has done internships at the New York Sun and the Gaithersburg Gazette, and has served as features editor and writer at both 34th Street and the Daily Pennsylvanian. She is a smart, thoughtful writer of both newspaper and magazine stories, and brings the passion and heart to non-fiction that Nora Magid so valued. A Bethesda native and graduate of Walt Whitman High School, Parker spent part of her junior year at La Universidad de Sevilla in Spain and is near-fluent in Spanish. She is also a point guard in Club Basketball.

The Nora Magid Mentorship Prize is given each year to a senior at the University of Pennsylvania who shows exceptional ability and promise in non-fiction writing and editing, and who would benefit most from combined mentorship of Nora's network of former students and their colleagues. The prize is $1000, which is to be used as a stipend for transportation, lodging and meals as the student travels to New York, Washington and elsewhere to develop professional contacts at magazines, newspapers, publishing houses and broadcast networks.

Nora Magid was an extraordinarily gifted and giving teacher of non-fiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania from the mid-1970s until her death in 1991. During those years, she nurtured an amazing number of students, who came to be known as "Nora-ites." In 2003, a group of them came together to create a prize and mentorship program in her memory. The prize is a component scholarship fund of The Philadelphia Foundation. Donations to the fund are tax deductible, and can be made online at

While Ashley Parker's mentorship will begin immediately, she will receive her award at a luncheon in New York which is being organized for late February.

Our thanks to all the Penn seniors who applied for the award this year, and to all the Penn faculty who wrote recommendations.

If you have any questions please feel free to call or e-mail either of us, or visit the website at

Stephen Fried,, 215-592-1662
Eliot Kaplan,, 212-649-2064
The Nora Magid Mentorship Fund scholarship committee is:
Miriam Arond, editor-in-chief, Child Magazine
Barri Bernstein, executive director, Tennessee Bar Foundation
David Borgenicht, owner and publisher, Quirk Books, author
Sandee Brawarsky, author, book columnist, The Jewish Week
Jean Sherman Chatzky, author, financial columnist, Money Magazine & Today Show
Lisa DePaulo, writer-at-large, GQ
Stefan Fatsis, author, sports columnist, Wall Street Journal & National Public Radio
Loren Feldman, editorial director, Inc. magazine
Stephen Fried, author, adjunct professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Eliot Kaplan, editorial talent director, Hearst Magazines
John Prendergast, editor-in-chief, Pennsylvania Gazette
Joel Siegel, producer, senior editor and writer, ABC's "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings"