Nichols School students are encouraged to approach new learning opportunities and experiences with confidence and ease, a mark of their character they carry beyond their time at Nichols. Monica Manney '14 is one such alumna who has sought out opportunities to give back to her community, through both her profession and her volunteer work.
Manney was announced as the 2019 recipient of the Tim Russert Media Career Award by the Buffalo Broadcasters Association in September. The award honors a student that demonstrates a promising future in the television, radio, digital or social media field and is named after Buffalo broadcasting legend Tim Russert, the 16-year moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press" who passed away in 2008.
Manney returned to Nichols School on September 24 as a guest speaker for Elaine Gardner's Study and Practice in Creativity elective, speaking to how creativity and other lessons she learned at Nichols guided her young career as a promising journalist in the Buffalo area.
A Buffalo native, Manney interned in newsrooms including WGRZ-TV and Spectrum News Buffalo before completing a post-graduate internship at CNN with HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade." She also interned with Walt Disney World and The Make-a-Wish Foundation. Manney is currently a multimedia journalist for Spectrum News Central NY.
Manney graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in May 2019. She completed a Bachelor in Arts degree in Communication-Journalism, a minor in Sociology and a second self-designed Interdisciplinary Studies minor in Applied Research in Civil Rights, graduating with a cumulative 3.95 GPA. She was also selected as the 2019 Lanford Presidential Prize recipient, which is awarded to a member of Fredonia's graduating class who exhibits balanced achievement and exemplifies the school's ideals.
At Fredonia, Manney also spearheaded an initiative called FREDFlo to provide free sanitary products to students on campus. Originally funded through a GoFundMe page, Fredonia president Virginia Horvath established an endowment called the Monica Manney Fund for Student Health and Wellness that will generate unrestricted dollars each year to provide supplies.
Congratulations to Monica on this outstanding honor, and best of luck in your future endeavors!