University of Michigan's Stephen Nesbitt Named 2012 William R. Reed Award Winner
May 29, 2012
Park Ridge, Ill. – Stephen Nesbitt from the University of Michigan 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.
Nesbitt, an English major who just completed his junior year, is the managing sports editor for the Michigan Daily, also serving as a football beat reporter and columnist. In addition to writing for the Daily, he is a campus correspondent for ESPNU, and will spend the summer interning for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he will serve as a general sports reporter. He has also been published in other news outlets, including AnnArbor.com, College Hockey News and the Grand Island Independent. Nesbitt has been recognized for his work, winning the Ray O’Hara Sportswriting Award, and received honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the U-M Board of Regents and the Michigan Press Association. He carries a 3.35 grade-point average and is a member of the Order of Angell, a senior leadership society, and Young Life, a mentor program serving high school students. He aspires to cover college athletics regionally or on a national level.
The Grand Ledge, Mich., native is the son of Steve and Brenda Nesbitt.
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.