Princeton Weekly Bulletin February 22, 1999

Former Prince editor wins Sachs


Christine Whelan
(photo: Denise Applewhite)


Christine Whelan '99, a politics major, has been named this year's winner of the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Scholarship.

During the two years of graduate study the scholarship supports, Whelan plans to earn a master's degree in history, concentrating on modern social and economic history, at Worcester College, Oxford University, and then go on to a career in journalism.

"I've always wanted to be a journalist," says Whelan, who was 1998 editor of the Daily Princetonian. Of her interest in politics, she says, "I decided it was better to write about it than be in it."

Her senior thesis examines the political influence of opinion pages in daily newspapers. She has served several internships with the Wall Street Journal, working for the editorial pages in the New York City office and covering "everything from biotech companies to covenant marriages in Louisiana." This summer she will be an intern in the Washington, D.C., bureau.

The Sachs Scholarship has been awarded since 1970 in memory of a football and lacrosse player who went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and then to Harvard Law School and died of cancer at age 28. In establishing the award, his classmates and friends stipulated that it be given annually to the senior who best exemplifies Sachs's character, intelligence and commitment, and whose prospective career would be "most likely to have consequences of value to the public."