May 16, 2018 at 4:02 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Blade Foundation launches journalism fellowship in Delaware
Blake Chambers, gay news, Washington Blade

Blake Chambers will serve as the first Blade Foundation Steve Elkins Memorial Journalism Fellow. (Photo courtesy of Blake Chambers)

The Washington Blade Foundation announced this week the launch of a new journalism fellowship focused on LGBTQ issues in Delaware.

The fellowship is named in honor of Steve Elkins, a journalist and co-founder of the CAMP Rehoboth LGBT community center, who passed away in March. Elkins served as editor of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth for many years as well as executive director of the center.

The fellow will cover issues of interest to the LGBTQ community of Delaware for 12 weeks during the summer months. Stories will include coverage of legislative and political issues out of Dover; LGBTQ business issues in Wilmington; the summer beach season in Rehoboth and more. Stories will be published in the Washington Blade online and print editions. Funding for this project comes from the Washington Blade Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

The fellowship was awarded to Blake Chambers, a Dover resident and 2017 graduate of the University of Delaware who is pursuing a career in journalism. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism and starts the position on May 21.

“We’re excited to launch our first journalism fellowship,” said Blade editor Kevin Naff, who also serves as executive director of the Blade Foundation. “Steve Elkins was a longtime friend of the Blade and as a fellow journalist, I think this is a fitting tribute to his legacy. Delaware’s LGBTQ residents will benefit from this focus on their community’s concerns. Blake will do a terrific job.”

Chambers can be reached at from May 21-Aug. 12.

“I am very honored to work with the Washington Blade Foundation this summer,” Chambers said. “I am looking forward to this amazing opportunity, and I am very proud to be a Blade Foundation fellow.”

“As the new president of CAMP,  and a Blade Foundation Board member, I’m especially touched and grateful that we’re able to provide a stepping stone for an emerging journalist, and doing so in honor of our beloved co-founder,” said Chris Beagle. “We look forward to reading about Blake’s work in the community this summer and welcoming him to the family.”

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