In her acceptance remarks, Cannon said that for as long as she could remember, "I wanted to be a journalist." She continued:
"My parents read the local newspaper daily and
discussed current events with us. Today, at age 95, my mom still reads several
newspapers every day - on her iPad.
began reading magazines like Time, Life and Sports Illustrated at a young age.
My dad, Joe, who passed away in October, was a professional golfer. When I was
young, he also wrote golf instruction articles for Sports Illustrated. He was
my inspiration in so many ways.
majored in English with a concentration in journalism when the University of
Delaware’s journalism program was in its infancy. The journalism courses I took
with Ed Nickerson and my work on The Review prepared me for editorial roles at
Time Inc., Bloomberg and a number of personal finance websites. And my liberal
arts education was also key to my success.
been very fortunate to have made my living as a journalist. I’ve had amazing
experiences and worked with incredible people.
believe the role the press plays in our democracy is more important than ever
today. And I’m pleased that the University of Delaware journalism program,
under the direction of Deborah Gump, is preparing great journalists for the
a dozen years ago, while living in Florida, I got involved with the South
Florida alumni group and later with the university at large. I wanted to do
something to thank the University of Delaware for my education, and I wanted
aspiring journalists to benefit from the career I have had.
I learned from Professors Ben Yagoda and Dawn Fallik that the most pressing
need was student internships, I established the Ellen Cannon Journalism
Internship Fund. I’ve been lucky to meet the students who have used the
internship, and I’m enjoying following their careers. I hope they’ll make UD
proud and be Blue Hens Forever!"
Cannon comes from a family of Blue Hens. She was joined at the ceremony by her mother, Beverly; her sister Donna and her husband Gene Julian, class of ‘66; her
sister Linda and her husband Jim Graham, Double Dels, class of ‘73; and her
brother Bob, class of ‘77, and his partner Cecelia Everet.