Pulitzer Prize (includes alumni)

(Dates are years received for previous year’s work.)

1973      Carl Bernstein (attended) – Public Service (shared)
1979      Jon Franklin  – Emeritus Faculty – Feature Writing
1985      Jon Franklin – Emeritus Faculty – Explanatory Journalism
1988      Jane Elizabeth Healy ’71 – Editorial Writing
1993      Ira Chinoy – Associate Professor of Journalism  – for investigative reporting – Providence Journal (shared)
1997      Deborah Nelson – Associate Professor – for investigative reporting – Seattle Times
1998      Ira Chinoy – Associate Professor of Journalism – for Public Service – Washington Post (shared)
2002      Sarah Cohen (MJ ’92) – Investigative Journalism (shared)
2005      Dana Priest – Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism – for Beat Reporting
2007      Eugene (Gene) Roberts – Emeritus Faculty – History (shared)
2008      Dana Priest – Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism – Public Service – Washington Post
2015      Christopher Weaver (MJ ’08) – Investigative Reporting (shared)

2003: Knight Chair Dana Priest’s  first book, “The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military,”  was a finalist for the Pulitzer.


Emmy Awards

  • Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow Tom Bettag has won 30 Emmy awards over his career.
  • Eaton Broadcast Chair Mark Feldstein won four Florida Emmy awards for investigative reporting (1983, 1982, 1981,1981) and five Washington, D.C., Emmy Awards for investigative reporting (1989, 1988, 1986, 1985, 1984).
  • Associate Professor Ron Yaros won three Emmy awards including one for the nation’s first local five-part series on global climate change (in 1989). These reports were based on the EPA’s first comprehensive report on the “Greenhouse Effect.”

Other Faculty Awards:

  • Lecturer Bethany Swain is the 2017 NPPA Robin F. Garland Educator Award winner for “outstanding service as a photojournalism educator.”
  • CNS Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef named a Silver Circle Honoree by NATAS – the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys).
  • Assistant Professor Nick Diakopoulos wins UMD Graduate School Research and Scholarship Award for AY 2017-2018.
  • Knight Chair Dana Priest awarded the 2016 Zenger Award for Press Freedom by the University of Arizona.
  • Assistant Professor Nick Diakopoulos wins UMD Division of Research Communications Impact award – Oct. 2016.
  • Visiting Professor Kevin Blackistone is the recipient of numerous awards, including awards for sports column writing from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, for investigative reporting from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and for enterprise reporting from the National Association of Black Journalists.
  • Assistant Professor Kalyani Chadha named a Lilly Faculty Fellow for 2013-2014 by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She has also won the Top Paper Award, International Communication Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2012. Chadha, Merrill Professor Linda Steiner and Assistant Professor Jessica Vitak of the iSchool won a $20,000 UMD Division of Research ADVANCE Seed Grant for a project entitled, “Misogyny Online: Implications and Consequences.”
  • Associate Professor Ira Chinoy awarded the 2011 Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize by the American Journalism Historians Association. He won the George Polk Award – for stories with two other reporters in 1991 on the ruin of a credit union in Rhode Island. Along with the 1999 Pulitzer, Dr. Chinoy also won a Selden Ring Award, and regional press association awards – for the Washington Post team project in 1998 on the use of deadly force by the D.C. police. Among his many other awards: First place for enterprise reporting from the National Association of Black Journalists and first place for news series from the Chesapeake region Associated Press – for a series with two other reporters in 2000 on problems in the ability of police in Washington, D.C., to solve homicides. First place for state government coverage from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association – for a 1998 series with another reporter on the players and marketing of state lotteries. First place for public service, investigative reporting and business reporting from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, the Chesapeake region Associated Press, and the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists – for a 1996 series with two other reporters on the business practices of a high-interest lender.
  • Dean Lucy Dalglish is given the Kiplinger Award by the National Press Foundation in 2012 for her service to journalism. She also was awarded the Wells Memorial Key, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Professional Journalists, in 1995. A year later, she was one of 24 journalists, lawyers, lawmakers, educators, researchers, librarians and historians inducted into the charter class of the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. In Sept. 2015, the Society of Professional Journalists will name her a Fellow of the Society for exceptional service to journalism.
  • Lecturer Josh Davidsburg earns a national Telly award in 2012 for producing a video on Chesapeake Bay restoration.
  • Eaton Broadcast Chair Mark Feldstein wins two George Foster Peabody awards (1982, 1984), an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia baton for public service (1984), Edward R. Murrow Award (1999), Livingston Award for Young Journalists (1982), National Headliner Award (1998), National Sigma Delta Chi medallion, television investigative reporting (1989), Roy Howard Scripps Award for public service (1982), Ohio State public affairs broadcasting award (1985), 2 Clarion Awards for investigative reporting (1997, 1992), two Unity Award for Investigative Reporting (1993, 1992), three International Film and Television Festival Awards (1992, 1988, 1987).
  • Former Dean and current Professor Kevin Klose wins the 1984 Overseas Press Club’s “Cornelius Ryan Award” for his book, “Russia and the Russians: Inside the Closed Society.”
  • Lecturer and Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef wins SPJ’s Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award in 2003 and SPJ’s David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser award in 2002. She has twice been named “Outstanding Faculty Member” by the University of Maryland College Park’s Panhellenic Association and in February 2006 she was honored as TIAA-CREF’s “Top Terp” before the Maryland-Duke basketball game.
  • Professor Susan Moeller named an Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellows for 2014-2015. She was the recipient of two major awards in 2008: a Carnegie Scholar Award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a $100,000 grant for research and writing on how media report on the intersection of Islam and terrorism; and the State of Maryland Board of Regents Teaching Award, which recognized Moeller both for her work in the university classroom and for her work in helping to found a new global education program, the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, where she is the co-director and lead faculty member.
  • Associate Professor Deborah Nelson wins awards from the Overseas Press Club, Sigma Delta Chi, Scripps Howard Foundation, John B. Oakes, Women in Communication, National Housing, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Suburban Newspapers of America and more than two dozen local and regional awards. Most recently, her Reuters team won numerous awards – including a 2015 Communications Award  from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The prize – under the Online category – is for their series “Water’s Edge: The Crisis of Rising Sea Levels.” The series also won a third place Philip Meyer Award in 2014 from the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).
  • Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism Dana Priest awarded the George Polk Award in 2006 for National Reporting for her Nov. 2005 Washington Post article on secret CIA detention facilities in foreign countries. Priest accepted the first Pell Center Prize for Storytelling in the Public Square award in 2003 for her body of published work. She is the recipient of the MacArthur grant, the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the National Defense in 2001, and the 2004 New York Public Library‘s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.
  • Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism Director and Professor of the Practice George Solomon awarded the Eugene Meyer Award for distinguished service to the Washington Post in 1999 and won the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) Red Smith Award in 2003 for his contributions to the field of sports journalism. He was also honored that year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Association of Women in Sports Media. He was inducted into the Washington Sports Hall of Fame in April, 2014.
  • Professor Linda Steiner honored as the Outstanding Woman of the Year in Journalism and Mass Communication Education, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2011; James W. Carey Award, Carl Crouch Center, 2011; James Murphy Award, Top Faculty Paper, Qualitative Division,
 AEJMC, 1998; MaryAnn Yodelis Smith Award for Research, AEJMC, 1996; Professional Excellence Award, Governors State University, 1989; James Murphy Award, Top Faculty Paper, Qualitative Division, AEJMC, 1987; Excellence in Teaching Award, Governors State University, 1986; First Place, Women in Media Syllabus Contest (Women in Communications, sponsor), 1977; Numerous awards from Rutgers University.
  • Lecturer Bethany Swain honored in 2010 as the first woman to win Video Photographer of the Year in the White House News Photographers Association ‘Eyes of History’ competition. She won three Peabody Awards as a member of CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 Political Season and the Gulf Oil Spill. She was the winner of the Deadline Award in 2013 for her television feature with CNN reporter Lisa Sylvester for their #FamilySolutions series. In 2014 she won the Broadcast Educators Association “Best Feature News Reporting” award as part of the organizations Festival of Media Arts. She has also taken second place and been a finalist during the National Press Photographers Association “Best of Photojournalism” awards 2009 -2012. She was named “Most Valuable Professor” at Maryland in February, 2015 twice – nominated by the Maryland Women’s Basketball and Gynmastics teams.
  • Associate Professor Ron Yaros’ awards include the Eason Award For Excellence in Communication Research (2005) – Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; AEJMC Presidential Citation For Outstanding Service & Dedication (2009) – Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; Certificate In Blended (Hybrid) Teaching and Learning Techniques (2010) – Sloan Consortium of Institutions & Organizations Committee to Quality Education Online; University of Maryland Blended Teaching Fellow (2011-2012) – Awarded in a campus-wide competition for funding of a new blended course with mobile devices; University of Maryland Lilly Fellow (2012) – Collaboration within an interdisciplinary team of faculty to address development of “Scholarship in Practice” courses; University of Maryland Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate General Education (2012) – One of two-campus wide student-nominated awards recognized by the Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies.