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PanHellenic Scholar is “Rising Star” in Broadcast Journalism


Pete N. Zervakis has been referred to as the "next George Stephanopoulos." The 2008 PanHellenic Scholarship Award Recipient and graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, takes it all in stride as reporter and weekend anchor for ABC TV affiliate, WXOW in La Crosse, Wisconsin. "I'm flattered by the comparison [to Stephanopoulos] and hope one day that I will be as great a political commentator as he is today," Pete said in a recent interview with the Foundation.


Pete caught the journalism "bug" in fifth grade when the Greek Star published his first article, "Five Ways to know How a Greek Girl Likes You." He credits the Foundation with making his broadcast career possible, when he received a scholarship that allowed him to pursue a double major in education and journalism. 


According to Pete, winning a scholarship was "awesome." His good fortune continued when he met CBS reporter John Metaxas, who was the Master of Ceremonies at the Foundation's 2008 Awards Gala.  Metaxas encouraged him to apply for a summer internship at CBS.  Next thing Pete knows, he is at CBS New York!  "I thank Mr. Chris Tomaras for not only finding me worthy of a scholarship, but for also being a mentor to Greek American college students."


Pete says its "filotimo" and the giving back to others that is the real mission of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation. Taking this message to heart, Pete is mentoring a Greek American journalism student in La Cross.  He is also looking forward to being part of the PanHellenic Honor Society. 


His plans for the future, "I would like to stay in Wisconsin for a few more years and broaden my scope to include more political reporting, this being an election year," says Pete. "One day I hope to make it to CNN and after that I would like to teach journalism at the college level."


Pete Zervakis is one of 227 students who have received a scholarship from the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation. "Investing in tomorrow's leaders, that is what we are doing," says Chris Tomaras. "When you sponsor a deserving student, it means that you care about the next generation of Greek American leaders. I invite you to attend our Gala on June 16, 2012 at the Merle Reskin Theatre and Hilton Chicago.  There you will meet 40 of the brightest college stars of our community who are already making a difference," continues Mr. Tomaras. 


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