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Danielle Chemtob '19 Wins International Best in Business Student Prize

March 27, 2018

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill junior Danielle Chemtob ’19 is a student winner in the international Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ (SABEW) Best in Business contest. She won in the “stories written for professional publication” category.

Chemtob’s winning piece, “Fiscal woes plague students at N.C.’s HBCUs,” was produced in August 2017 as a cover story for the Triangle Business Journal. The story focuses on student debt at HBCUs in North Carolina, outlining rising costs of attendance, falling enrollment rates, lack of outside funding and institutional challenges universities face.

SABEW judges wrote, “Reporter Danielle Chemtob took an in-depth look at the high amount of debt taken on by students at historic black colleges and universities. Though the story included a lot of hard data on rising tuition costs and flat wages, she kept it interesting and personal by speaking to students and school leaders.”

Like Chemtob’s other work, “Fiscal woes plague students at N.C.’s HBCUs” showcases a passion for producing compelling and data-driven stories.

Chemtob is now a state politics and accountability intern at The News & Observer and senior reporter at The Daily Tar Heel. She will intern at The Wall Street Journal in Summer 2018.

SABEW’s Best in Business awards recognize outstanding business journalism conducted by students and professionals in the United States and abroad. In 2017, the organization received nearly 1,000 total entries across 68 categories.

This is the 22nd time since 2004 that a UNC-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism student or group of students has been recognized by the SABEW student contest.

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