Recent Springfield College graduate Kris Rhim '21 was interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey network on Thursday, July 8, as part of the celebration of Lift Every Voice, a special new digital project experience Oprah Daily created in collecting incredible stories of 50+ Black elders as captured by young, Black journalists.
Rhim was a communications/sports journalism major while at Springfield College, and he took part in the livestream, in which Oprah spoke to three legends featured and some of the journalists who spoke to them, including Rhim. On the interview schedule were Opal Lee (a major champion of Juneteenth), Myrtis Dightman (the first Black champion bull rider), and Dorothy Gillam (the first Black female reporter at the Washington Post).
A successful student-athlete while at Springfield, Rhim is now currently working at the Boston Globe this summer after completing an impressive resume on the campus that included serving as Student Trustee during the 2020-21 academic year, serving as Student Trustee-Elect in 2019-20, serving as president of the student-led Men of Excellence Club, and most recently teaming with Professor of Communications Marty Dobrow and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in hosting a weekly podcast titled "Liberty, Justice, and Ball," with a focus on the intersection of basketball and social justice.
A native of Philadelphia, Rhim also earned the 2021 Tom Waddell Leveling the Playing Field Award for his work in leading many social justice and equality initiatives on the campus. This special award goes to student-athletes who have worked diligently to build a more fair and just world.