Gordon L. Wangers ’79 JOURN, and his wife Jennifer Schwab-Wangers, have established the G.L. Wangers Journalism Scholarship Award to support juniors and seniors in the College of Media who demonstrate a career commitment to print journalism.

Gordon grew up in Chicago and chose Illinois for two reasons: its growing academic reputation and its affordability. “As an in-state school it was a realistic choice financially,” commented Gordon.

While in school, Gordon worked at both The Daily Illini and the Urbana Courier. Working at the Courier was unusual for a college student. He started with the crime blotter. “In the mornings I would review the police reports from the day before to see if there were any interesting stories.” He later moved to general reporting and then to sports. “I spent more time in the newsrooms of The Daily Illini and the Courier than I did in the classroom. Not good for my GPA, but good for my career. Not something I recommend to current students however!”

Gordon ended up working in automotive marketing in part because of his passion for exotic and classic automobiles. He put his journalistic skills to work while earning a salary that could fund classic cars.

Gordon is concerned about the future of the industry. “Shorter attention spans and less stringent editing on the Web are contributing to a reduction in the quality of reporting,” he said. He fears that long-form investigative journalism has gone away and works to support it by sitting on the business advisory board of ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

With his gift, Gordon is hoping in some small way to support print journalism and newspapering.

If you have questions or would like to discuss donation options, please contact:

  • Marlah Bonner McDuffie
    Associate Dean for Advancement
    College of Media