Wayne State University

WSU establishes Ben Burns Endowment for Journalism...

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WSU sets up Ben Burns scholarship fund

Ben Burns was a legend of local journalism, a former executive editor of The Detroit News who spent two decades turning students into reporters as head of the journalism program at Wayne State University. Many of them went through the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity, which Burns helped found at Wayne State in 1984. Burns died at his Grosse Pointe home 14 months ago of acute myeloid leukemia. In his honor, WSU established the Ben Burns Endowment for Journalism, which hopes to fund multiple scholarships in his name.