COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Merrill College’s student-powered news service – Capital News Service – celebrated its 25th anniversary during the 2015-2016 school year. There were a number of events held to honor all our students – and faculty advisers – who were (and currently are) part of the Annapolis, Washington, D.C., and College Park bureaus.

June 18, 2015 Celebration

The initial 25th anniversary event took place on the evening of June 18 at the National Press Club. More than 50 CNSers attended – coming both near and far to attend. Speakers included Dean Lucy Dalglish, the original CNS Annapolis Bureau Director Vanessa Gallman (who is responsible for establishing CNS), Chris Harvey, who served as Annapolis, DC and Online bureau director over 16 years and currently serves as the Merrill College director of assessments, and Chris Frates ’02 (who was with CNN at the time), and reported out of the Annapolis Bureau for CNS.

See all the photos from this event on the Merrill College Flickr page.

Dean Dalglish opened the event with a message of welcome:

Original CNS Annapolis bureau director Vanessa Gallman talked about the creation of CNS under then-Dean Reese Cleghorn and the early days of the Capital News Service:

Chris Harvey – who served as bureau director in three of the four CNS bureaus (she originated the CNS Online (now Multimedia) Bureau) – talks here about the many stories CNS reporters covered over the last 25 years:

Chris Frates ’02 served in the CNS Annapolis Bureau under Director Adrianne Flynn and was a print reporter for many years before coming to CNN: