Bernie Rosen’s unique relationship with the University of Miami began as a student in the 1940s and spanned nine decades. His love affair with the University was personal and professional. As one of South Florida’s great journalists, Bernie took a particular interest in helping students at the University of Miami School of Communication. Bernie gave interns their first chance to shine, and through his mentorship, an opportunity to succeed. That was a great source of pride and joy to him throughout his legendary 65-year career.
Please consider making a gift today to the Bernie Rosen Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Communications and contribute to Bernie's lasting legacy.
Bernie Rosen was born in the Bronx, New York. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1949 and joined newly formed WTVJ, Florida’s first television station, where he had interned while in school.
Rosen became a great pioneer of local television in South Florida. Bernie founded the WTVJ Sports Department and for decades, under his guidance as Sports Director, generated the most important in-depth news coverage of the University of Miami Athletics and other local sports. He attended events and counseled many coaches, executives, and athletic directors on how to best generate exposure for their sport through the broadcasting medium.
As one of South Florida’s great journalists, Bernie took a particular interest in helping students at UM’s School of Communication. Over the years WTVJ Sports took on countless UM interns, a great number of whom went on to rewarding and distinguished careers in South Florida television and radio and many places beyond. Bernie gave them their first chance to shine, and through his mentorship, an opportunity to succeed. That was a great source of pride and joy to him throughout his legendary 65-year career.
Rosen was also instrumental in influencing the station to donate television equipment to the School of Communication and became a great friend to the professors there. For his contributions, Bernie was tapped into Iron Arrow, the most prestigious honor society at the University. Throughout his life, Bernie supported the School and the Athletic Department in every way possible. Up until his final days, he attended Hurricane sports events with regularity. Bernie Rosen loved the University of Miami – and it loved him.
To honor his long, meaningful connection to the University of Miami, the Bernie Rosen Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Communications is being created. It will be presented to students in the School of Communication with demonstrated financial need and who may, but will not be required to have, an interest in sports broadcasting.
A lead gift of 50,000 dollars has graciously been donated by the Lynn & Louis Wolfson, II Family Foundation, Inc. Bernie’s close ties to the Wolfson family began when he was hired by WTVJ, which was founded by family patriarch and civic leader Colonel Mitchell Wolfson.
Please consider making a gift today to contribute to Bernie's lasting legacy. The fundraising goal for the scholarship is $100,000.
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