MADISON – During the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ annual festivities and walk on Oct. 5 in Madison, a group of 70 walkers wore #LIVELIKEAMBER t-shirts in memory of Amber Levenhagen, the 25-year old Unified Newspaper Group reporter who was killed in an August car accident.
Amber’s parents, Robert and Jill, expressed appreciation for the large group, who came from near and far to honor their daughter and support a cause she embraced, reported Katherine Perreth of the Middleton Times-Tribune.
“It’s overwhelming,” Jill told the Times-Tribune. “This is a magical day about Amber and raising awareness.” She said her daughter had been very open about her own struggles with depression.
In 2017, Amber was the second-place recipient of the WNA’s new “Rookie Reporter of the Year” award, which recognizes outstanding entry-level reporters. The following year, she was one of five named to the third class of WNA Future Headliners. The recognition program honors emerging young leaders in the newspaper industry who display good character, leadership and professionalism at work and within the communities they serve.