May 27, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. -
Zach Tegler from the University of Nebraska 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 Big Ten campuses who, through his or her coverage 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 senior majoring in journalism, Tegler was the sports editor for the Daily Nebraskan in 2013-14 after working as a sports writer for the publication since August 2011. He also served as the treasurer on the College of Journalism and Mass Communications Student Advisory Board. During the summer prior to the 2013-14 academic year, Tegler gained additional experience as a sports editing intern with The New York Times. He is continuing his professional development with the Omaha World-Herald, where he began a copy editor position earlier this month. Carrying a 3.89 grade-point average within the honors program, he was a recipient of the Regents Scholarship at Nebraska. Tegler aspires to work as a sports writer or editor with a major national outlet.
The Eagle, Neb., native is the son of Tammy and Doug Tegler.
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.