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USD Students reflect on Al Neuharth’s influence

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South Dakota native and founder of the USA Today, Al Neuharth died Friday night in Florida at the age of 89. 

Throughout his long career in the national media, Neuharth kept his strong connection to South Dakota. 

Al Neuharth was born in Eureka, SD, in 1924 and attended college at the University of South Dakota where he was editor and chief of the Volante student paper.  

Today USD is home of the Al Neuharth Media Center where the next generation of South Dakota journalists are learning from Neuharth's legendary career. 

"His name is still on this building, he's still going to be with us every day," said Editor and Chief of the USD Volante Megan Card. 

The halls of the Al Neuharth Media Center give a glimpse of Neuharth's exceptional influence on journalism. 

"When students walk by everyday, you can kind of see his development as a journalist and as a media executive," said Card. 

Through the years, Neuharth has walked the halls of USD, spending time with students. 

"When he comes down to give the Neuharth awards, all of us get the chance to sit with him at lunch and kind of spend the whole day with him," said Volante Managing Editor Emily Niebrugge. 

"We got to sit with him and talk with him and it was a really good experience, it was kind of that moment when it was like, my gosh, I'm having lunch with Al Neuharth," said Card. 

Emily and Megan are also both recipients of the Al Neuharth Media Scholarship. 

"I don't think any of us would be here if it wasn't for that, and that's really special, that means a lot to each and every one of us," said Niebrugge. 

Through his life-long influence at the University, Neuharth's legacy will live on in the students he has inspired. 

"Knowing that he came from this university, he came from this program, he worked for the Volante; that for me is really inspiring to continue the work that he did," said Card.

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