University of Michigan's Nicole Auerbach Named 2011 William R. Reed Award Winner

May 31, 2011

Park Ridge, Ill. – University of Michigan graduate Nicole Auerbach 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 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 2011 graduate majoring in public policy, Auerbach was a senior sports editor for the Michigan Daily, also serving as the publication’s football beat reporter. She held numerous newspaper internships during her collegiate career, including The Trentonian, Cape Cod Times, and USA Today, and also served as a freelance reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and This summer, Auerbach will intern at the Boston Globe, where most of her coverage will center on the Boston Red Sox. She has won numerous honors for writing prowess, including both the Ray O’Hara Sportswriting Award and the Morris-Wasserstein Award in 2009 and 2010. She held a 3.7 grade-point average during her tenure at Michigan and was a member of the pre-public policy professional fraternity Gamma Rho Phi. Auerbach graduates with aspirations of becoming a national college sportswriter, primarily covering football and basketball.

The Hillsborough, N.J., native is the daughter of Lisa and Mike Auerbach.

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.