May 27, 2009
Park Ridge, Ill. – University of Minnesota student journalist Trevor Born has been named this year’s recipient of the Big Ten Conference William R. Reed Memorial Award. The award is named in honor of former Big Ten Commissioner William R. Reed who served the conference for more than 20 years.
The conference annually honors the former commissioner by presenting this award to a student journalist from one of the 11 Big Ten campuses who, through his or her writing during the previous academic term, best exemplifies the spirit, ideals and dedication to the Big Ten and intercollegiate athletics, which marked the life of William R. Reed.
A sophomore journalism major, Born is the beat writer for football and men’s basketball at the Minnesota Daily, a post he has held since the second semester of his freshman year. Born was named the 2008 Sports Reporter of the Year by the campus daily publication and has spent time freelancing for the Associated Press. In addition to his excellence as a reporter, Born has excelled in the classroom, maintaining a 3.8 grade point average in the University Honors Program. He has also won two academic scholarships through the College of Liberal Arts and a third through the School of Journalism. Born aspires to be a beat reporter in the ever-changing landscape of sports media. Born has done extensive freelance writing for the Star Tribune, worked as a reporter for the MinnPost.com and has magazine experience in designing and editing.
The Bloomington, Minn., native is the son of Jeffrey and Katie Born.
Reed began his tenure with the Big Ten in the service bureau in 1939. Promoted to assistant commissioner in 1951, he served in that capacity until being named the third Big Ten Conference commissioner in 1961. His term as commissioner lasted until 1971.