"I am very honored to receive this recognition," Holveck said. "I have been fortunate to have received the guidance of many remarkable journalism and communication professors, including but not limited to Nancy Karibjanian, Dan Biddle, Deborah Howlett and McKay Jenkins, who have taught me the importance of the work journalists perform, in addition to fundamental news-gathering skills.
"I have also had the privilege of working with many talented student journalists, whose guidance, relentlessness and passion for delivering the news and stories of interest to the community have made me a better writer and reporter.
"Although we would all love for our work to reach the masses, if a story I write or a podcast I produce touches, inspires or entertains just one person, it has served its purpose. With that said, we must always move forward. For every story we tell, there are many others that we miss. For every lesson we learn, there are many others that have yet to be told. As sports writer Wright Thompson once put it, 'The only story that exists is the next one.'"
The Nickerson award is named for Edward "Nick" NIckerson, one of the founders of the UD Journalism Program. When he retired from UD, he wrote that "despite all the flaws of journalism, printing the news is worthwhile, for the simple reason that knowledge is better than ignorance, openness better than secrecy and light better than darkness."