Wayne State Alumna Gifts $100,000 to Journalism Program


DETROIT — Wayne State University alumna Danialle Karmanos has given $100,000 to benefit students in the journalism program at the university.

“Wayne State’s journalism program prepares students to be hardworking professionals with a deep commitment to improving our community through truthful communication,” Karmanos says.

Her gift will establish the Danialle Karmanos Public Issues Journalism Project, which will fund work such as community-based news websites, documentary films, human-interest stories, and investigative series. Faculty members will choose projects based on ideas suggested by students, relating to community issues such as health, fitness, children, or the status of women.

“(Karmanos’) generosity ensures our students can engage in real-world reporting that benefits our community while gaining the skills required for successful careers,” says Matthew Seeger, dean of the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts.

Karmanos and her husband Peter have previously supported student scholarships, programs, and faculty research across the university, including the School of Medicine, the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts, athletics, and WDET 101.9 FM, the university’s public radio station.

The Danialle Karmanos Public Issues Journalism Project’s first plans will be conducted next year.