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Overly '10 Named Knight-Bagehot Business Journalism Fellow

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The Washington Post's Steven Overly - a 2010 graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism - has been named to a 2015-2016 Knight-Bagehot Business Journalism Fellow by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Overly  is a national reporter for the Post. He writes about federal technology and energy policy. Previously, he covered the technology, biotechnology and venture capital industries in the Washington metropolitan area. During college, Overly was editor-in-chief of The Diamondback and spent his summers interning at The Daily Record in Baltimore, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and the St. Petersburg Times in Tampa.

The mid-career fellowships provide full tuition and a living stipend of $55,000 for experienced journalists to take graduate courses at Columbia's Schools of Business, Law and International and Public Affairs. Fellows also attend special seminars at the Journalism School, led by scholars and business experts during the nine-month program, which begins in August. The program is open to journalists with at least four years’ experience.



Chris Weaver Part of Wall Street Journal Team that Wins Pulitzer Prize

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2008 (MJ)

The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Weaver was part of a team of reporters who won a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for their investigative series called "Medicare Unmasked." The Pulitzer is journalism’s highest honor.

The Pulitzer Committee said the series was "a pioneering project that gave Americans unprecedented access to previously confidential data on the motivations and practices of their health care providers." The reports came only after a lengthy legal battle to obtain government data about Medicare.

Photo: Twitter

About Christopher Weaver (From his Wall Street Journal Bio):

Christopher Weaver writes about the business of health care for the Wall Street Journal. He’s covered drug and medical device companies such as Merck & Co. and Medtronic Inc., and reported on the 2010 U.S. health law, the global pharmaceutical gray market and genetic tests, among other things. Before joining the Journal, Mr. Weaver covered health care policy in Washington. He’s a graduate of Tulane University and the University of Maryland's journalism graduate school. Reach Mr. Weaver at 212-416-4084 or Or find him on Twitter: @cdweaver.

Mara Schiavocampo Joins ABC News in New York

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M.A. 2003

Mara Schiavocampo joined ABC News in February, 2014 as a New York-based correspondent reporting for all platforms.

Mara joins ABC from NBC News where she reported for all broadcasts and was an anchor of “Early Today” on the NBC network and “First Look” on MSNBC.

ABC News President Ben Sherwood wrote in a staff memo: "Mara is a dynamic storyteller and skilled journalist who has covered nearly every major news story in the past decade.  During the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers, Mara anchored for five straight hours as news broke that suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout with Watertown police.

Mara’s reporting has been recognized with several honors, including an Emmy for her coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election.  In 2007, she was the only broadcast journalist to receive the National Association of Black Journalists’ 'Emerging Journalist of the Year' Award.
Mara holds dual Italian American citizenship, and has traveled and lived all over the world, including Somalia, Italy and the Philippines.  A self-described 'animal lover,' Mara, along with her husband and daughter, have opened their home to rescue animals over the years.

Mara got her start in journalism right here at ABC News as a desk assistant for Radio in 2001 and as a producer for 'ABC News Now” in 2004.'"

Photo courtesy: : Barbara Nitke  /  © NBC Universal

TERP Magazine Online Features Merrill Alumna Marquez

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TERP Magazine Online publishes an article about alumna Myriam Marquez ’83. She’s the editor of el Nuevo Herald, the largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the country, based in Miami. The veteran Florida journalist and columnist became the first woman to be named its executive editor in October, 2013. She now oversees a publication that reaches more than 1.7 million readers online monthly and nearly 64,000 in print each Sunday.


Dawson Named Washington Post Deputy Managing Editor

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Merrill alumna Effie Dawson has been named deputy managing editor for The Washington Post News Service with Bloomberg News. She will be deputy to Kay Coyte, another Merrill College sports alumni.

Writing to Merrill College Povich Center Director George Solomon, Effie says, "I'm very excited about this opportunity, and also very appreciative of you for giving me a start here at The Post and helping me grow as an editor and manager. Thank you. It also speaks well of the University of Maryland College of Journalism, for which I am also grateful."