Help Fund The Future of Journalism
The Randy Shilts Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Randy Shilts Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 by a gift from the Chronicle Publishing Company to support the study of newspaper journalism by students in the Graduate School of Journalism. Recipients must be first-year students who have enrolled for a second year and who demonstrate financial need and the journalistic drive and integrity of Randy Shilts. Randy Shilts was an award-winning San Francisco Chronicle reporter and best-selling author whose ground-breaking work helped frame the national debate about the gay rights movement and AIDS.
Born in Davenport, Iowa, he grew up in Aurora, Ill., and graduated from the University of Oregon. During the later 1970s, Mr. Shilts worked as a television reporter for KQED's "Newsroom" program and as a correspondent for the "Ten O'Clock News" on KTVU-TV in Oakland, California. When Mr. Shilts joined the staff of the Chronicle, he was one of the first openly gay reporters at a major newspaper.
Throughout his career, he remained a consummate journalist rather than an activist for a cause. His first book, "The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk," was published by St. Martin's Press in 1982. It was followed by "And The Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic" in 1987 and "Conduct Unbecoming: Lesbians and Gays in the U.S. Military" in 1993. He died from AIDS in 1994.
Watch Professor Lowell Bergman's 1987 interview with Randy Shilts on 60 Minutes.
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