Baltimore, Md. (Aug. 25) – Merrill College of Journalism alumna Wanda Draper ’73 has been named the new executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

A news release from the museum’s board of directors says she will assume the position Sept. 28.

Draper is currently the director of programming and public affairs for WBAL-TV 11.

“The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is a cultural gem designed to educate and inspire with its permanent and temporary exhibits, programs, and resources that highlight the rich heritage of Maryland’s African American community throughout the ages. I am more than honored to take on the challenge of growing and sustaining this great treasure that is named after one of Baltimore’s finest native sons,” said Draper.

A native of Baltimore, Draper co-chaired the museum grand opening in 2005. As one of the founding board members, she served for 10 years as co-chair of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee.

Draper has previously held positions as director of community affairs and visitor services at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, reporter and columnist for the Baltimore Sun Newspapers, and television panelist on the PBS program “Maryland NewsRap.”

After graduating from the journalism program at Maryland, she attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Contemporary Studies and the University of Maryland School of Law.