7News owner starts scholarship program at Emerson

BOSTON (WHDH) - 7News owner Ed Ansin has started a scholarship program at Emerson College in honor of an alum who fought for civil rights.

Art Teitelbaum was a member of Emerson College’s Class of 1960. He was involved with the Anti-Defamation League of South Florida for years before he passed away last November at the age of 77.

“He was renowned in South Florida, particularly back in the 60s and 70s, for exposing hate groups, the Ku Klux Klan,” said Ansin.

Ansin decided to honor his friend by creating a scholarship for journalism students with financial need. Emerson College President Lee Pelton praised the gift as a great way to support students who have a social conscience.

“We believe that civic engagement is key and we want our students to be great citizens and so this scholarship allows us to move forward in that,” said Pelton.

Friday, Ansin got to meet the two students chosen for the scholarship, Celia Carbone and Ross Christaniello.

“I’m really honored and humbled to have this scholarship in memory of such a distinguished alumni because it shows that Emerson sees potential in you to get to that point to such a prominent figure in journalism,” said Carbone.

“There’s definitely room in journalism for more heart in journalism today and that’s something that Teitelbaum saw,” said Christaniello.

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