- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Oprah Winfrey is donating $100,000 to a youth center on the south side of Syracuse.

Winfrey made a surprise stop Monday at the Mary Nelson Youth Center and said she was writing out the check on the spot. She called Mary Nelson a “community warrior” for doing the work she does on the city’s crime-ridden south side, part of which borders Syracuse University.

Winfrey was the featured guest at the dedication of the $18 million renovation of the university’s Newhouse 2, which was built in 1974. Renovations include the new Dick Clark Studios and the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation.

Improvements also include five state-of-the-art television studios.

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