In case you missed it, Eric Athas, a 2008 graduate of the UMass Journalism program, has a story in today’s Springfield Republican on the tragic circumstances surrounding last year’s death of UMass student Katie Sherman.

Eric worked on this story for a little more than a year, providing a strong example of what dogged persistence can yield in an investigation.   Few things came easy on this investigation. Eric was vilified by many of Katie’s friends because of his initial reporting on this story.  He ran into numerous dead ends and many folks tried to wave him off the story.  But he persisted, resulting in today’s A1 story.