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Brian McIntyre

Brian McIntyre

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Alumnus’ legacy of learning inspires giving from alumni and friends


"Brian (McIntyre) was one of those people who made Ohio University home," said Jennifer Bowie, executive director, Advancement Communication & Marketing, who was a journalism student with McIntyre in the early '90s.

A number of alumni and friends of McIntyre, who died of cancer in May 2012, established The Brian McIntyre Memorial Fund to provide urban high school students with funding to attend the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism's High School Journalism Workshop. Held each summer on the Athens Campus, the approximate cost to attend the workshop is $250, which includes instruction, room and food costs.

"The Brian McIntyre Memorial Fund will give the University community an opportunity to remember Brian once a year," Bowie said.

McIntyre graduated with a bachelor's of science in Journalism in 1991. He worked in broadcasting and was a reporter for Cleveland's WEWS NewsChannel 5, the Ohio News Network (ONN) and WNWO-TV. McIntyre most recently worked as a community relations specialist for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

McIntyre often came back to OHIO to volunteer his time and talents. He participated in events at the WOUB Center for Public Media and attended the Ohio University Alumni Association's Black Alumni Reunions. He also taught at the High School Journalism Workshop, which is an intensive two-and-a-half day workshop that teaches high school students print, online, broadcast and multimedia journalism.

McIntyre was passionate about continuing the education of minority students—specifically from urban areas—in the field of journalism, Bowie said.

"He was always advocating for more underrepresented voices in journalism, particularly broadcast journalism. He was dedicated to helping students find passion in journalism and this memorial fund is honoring Brian's legacy while encouraging students to consider a journalism career," she said.

"He was an incredible alumnus," said E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Director Robert Stewart. "Brian was part of my big plan for the High School Journalism Workshop."

Stewart said he will create a committee to evaluate potential Brian McIntyre Memorial Fund scholarship recipients.

To make a gift to the Brian McIntyre memorial Fund, contact The Ohio University Foundation at 1-800-592-FUND or giving@ohio.edu. Checks may be made payable to The Ohio University Foundation (be sure to write " McIntyre Fund" in the notes section) and send to the foundation at P.O. Box 869, Athens, Ohio 45701. Gifts also can be made online at ohio.edu/give.