Name: Rick Hirsch
College newspaper: The Independent Florida Alligator (Gainesville, Florida)
Where I am now: The Managing Editor at the Miami Herald
I worked at the Independent Florida Alligator while studying journalism at the University of Florida. In the summer of 1979, serial killer Ted Bundy went on trial in Miami for the murder of two female students at Florida State University. On a whim, I drove home to Miami to cover the trial, and wrote a long enterprise profile that we published live with his guilty verdict. That story won first place in the William Randolph Hearst competition for general news writing. Only at the Alligator could I have the opportunity to be so ridiculously ambitious. We reached high, worked hard and learned daily journalism from my student peers — many of whom became friends for life.