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Sarah Portlock Fellman Day

Sara Portlock Fellman and her husband

On June 28, 2019, WCVE FM celebrates the life of a talented young journalist from our region, Sarah Portlock Fellman.

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We are raising funds all that day for WCVE FM internships in her memory. Sarah’s Family is making a generous  gift of $10,000 in her honor to kick off this day-long effort. We hope their gift in memory of this remarkable young journalist will inspire you to join them in “Raising the Next Generation of Journalists” today.

Having two stations and twice as much news/talk and music programming has created opportunities - and a need - for new talent. Our interns do real, hands-on work, helping our reporters record, edit, and distribute news stories.



How Will Your Gift Help WCVE And An Aspiring Young Journalist?

  • The challenge gift of $10,000 from Sarah’s parents, Nancy Raybin and Bill Portlock, along with YOUR gift, will help fund internships at WCVE
  • These resources will allow us to engage more students in our work this fall-- Sarah Portlock Fellman Internships will provide opportunities for students to develop hands-on experience in news and broadcast journalism
  • Our student interns teach us how best to serve younger news fans

WCVE News interns Mara Guyer and Kate Seltzer recording interviews on location. (Photo: Catherine Komp / WCVE News)

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Sarah’s Story
Sarah was born in Richmond, Virginia, grew up in Richmond and Bowling Green, Virginia, and attended Collegiate School, where she was co-editor in chief of The Match. Sarah served as editor-in-chief of New York University’s  Washington Square News and was a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism in 2010.

Sarah reported for the Associated Press,  NewsdayThe Star-Ledger, and the  Brooklyn Paper. She later became the day editor  The Wall Street Journal, where she mentored younger reporters and organized networking events for digital journalists.

Personal Life
Sarah was seven months pregnant when she experienced a brain aneurysm in 2017. Although she spent several months in recovery, Sarah passed away suddenly on November 6, 2017.

Sarah was an adventurer as comfortable on Sixth Avenue as she was on a hiking trail in the Shenandoah Valley or on a boat on the Chesapeake. Sarah is survived by her husband Sam Fellman, her father Bill Portlock, her mother Nancy Raybin, her brother Nathan Portlock, and her daughter Aviva.

Sarah’s family feels she was inspired to a life of journalism, partly by listening to WCVE FM/NPR on daily drives to Collegiate.


I first met Sarah almost 10 years ago when I was a hapless journalism intern in NYC. She went out of her way to be kind to me and help me, and her gesture made a huge, lasting impression. -- Hope Seck


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