More than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students have received journalism degrees from the University of Maryland since today's Philip Merrill College of Journalism was founded as a department in 1945. Today, College alumni are leaders in newspapers, magazines, and TV and radio news organizations around the country and the world.

Four alums have won the Pulitzer Prize: Jane Healy ('71) of The Orlando Sentinel, Patrick Sloyan ('62) of Newsday, Jon Franklin ('70), now an emeritus faculty member of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, who twice won the prize when he was with The (Baltimore) Evening Sun, and most recently Sarah Cohen ('92), Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University, formerly of The Washington PostConnie Chung ('69) is a former TV anchor/correspondent for CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC and MSNBC. DeWayne Wickham ('74),  a USA TODAY columnist, is the founder and former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. He is the Distinguished Professor of Journalism and Dean of the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University, in Baltimore, Md. Tim Brant ’73, is vice president/director of sports for ABC7 WJLA-TV, in Washington, D.C. and an ACC basketball announcer. Emilio Garcia Ruiz ’84 is managing editor for digital initiatives and operations at The Washington Post. Tim Kurkjian ’78, is a Major League Baseball analyst on ESPN's Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter. He is also a contributor to ESPN The Magazine and

And some of our most recent alums are already making their mark in the field. At The New York Times, Winnie Hu ('99) is an education reporter and Deborah Leiderman ('94) is a staff editor on the arts desk. Raja Mishra ('94) is an associate at McGuire Woods LLP. Natalie Hopkinson ('00) is a writer, scholar and consultant; Dana Hedgpeth ('96) and Krissah Williams ('02) are at The Washington Post. January Payne ('03) is senior content manager at McMurray/TMG, LLC. Mike Dunston ('93) is anchor/reporter at WOFL-TV in Orlando, Florida while Bonnie Bernstein ('92) is curently vice president, content & brand development/on-air host for Campus Insiders.  Emmy-winner Angela Davis ('90) is a news anchor for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Karen Masterson (MJ '04) is a Journalist in Residence at the Stimson Center – a non-partisan think tank in Washington, D.C. who just published a book called "the Malaria Project." Lisa Friedman is deputy editor, ClimateWire.

But the true mark of our program is the alumni and friends who have helped the College rise to national prominence. You can share -- and add -- to our continued success. Here's how:

  • Send us an update on your accomplishments. Fill out our online form so we can keep in touch. 
  • Learn about the Board of Visitors, the industry leaders who further the mission of the College through their advisement, fundraising and advocacy.
  • Contribute Financially. Donate online through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation or think about making a planned gift. Contact Lele Ashworth in our external relations office for more information.


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