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Ph.D. Graduate Lewis Gains Tenure at the University of Florida

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Professor Norm Lewis has been granted tenure at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He began his graduate program in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2004, graduating in 2007.

Professor Lewis reports he has already published 11 research articles in top peer-reviewed journals (10 of which were sole- or first-authored papers) and was awarded Teacher of the Year for the entire university (and its 3,000 full-time faculty) in 2010.

He says he’s glad to add to the list of Maryland doctoral graduates who have received tenure at Research 1 universities: “Maryland’s terrific faculty helped me grow from a practitioner to a scholar by showing me how to apply social science methods to empirical research while remaining firmly rooted in the craft of journalism. Thanks to Maryland, I love to both teach journalism and study it.”


Adam Littlefield Named Producer for NBC Sports

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Adam Littlefield has been named an NBC Sports producer, moving up to the network from Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area (Comcast owns the NBC network). He reports, "I'm number two in the chain of command on the team that is launching NBC's English Premier League soccer coverage in August. The season begins on Saturday, August 17 and runs until May. I will be highly involved in the production of all the studio shows surrounding our live coverage of the games every weekend."

Adam also says that his Maryland journalism degree has made all the difference in his career: "I wouldn't be where I am without my experience at UMD, simply stated. I've been lucky enough to work with some very talented people since graduation, but the preparation that I received while in College Park was second to none. I'm sometimes amazed at how ill-prepared most of the young people who come into the workforce are because I always felt like I was ready for any challenge when I came out of Maryland and think that shows how thorough and well-taught the curriculum is at the J-School."


John Seng Wins Prestigious PRSA Lifetime Achievement Award

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Merrill College Board of Visitors' member John Seng has been awarded the Public Relations Society of America’s 2013 Frank J. Weaver Lifetime Achievement Award. Seng founded the Washington, D.C. based Spectrum Science Communications, and is president and CEO. The company ranks among the top three health care-only independent public relations firms in the United States, and is now the number one health care PR office in the Nation’s capital.

This distinguished award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of health care public relations and changed the practice of public relations in America.

Seng has dedicated his life and career to improving the health and lives of others with the best tool that he has – his ability to relate and effectively communicate with others.

Since founding Spectrum in 1996 to focus solely on health and science communications, he has created a special environment that fosters a passion for health care, science, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit that continues to inspire his employees day in and out, while representing great clients and amazing causes.

USA Today's Robert Klemko Moves to Sports Illustrated

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USA Today Sports Writer and Merrill College alum Robert Klemko will begin reporting for Sports Illustrated in late April, 2013. He will be based in Chicago covering teams in the midwest for Peter King's new NFL website. (Photo courtesy USA Today)

King's announcement: "Klemko, 25, went to Robert Morris University to play tight end for football coach Joe Walton -- until a torn labrum in his freshman year ended that quest. He transferred to Maryland and did the journalism thing in college, working at local papers and sites until USA Today hired him last August to cover the NFL. This impacted me: I was at Joe Flacco's family party post-Super Bowl in February, gathering stuff for my Sports Illustrated game story, and suddenly I saw Robert. Then, an insightful story shows up on while I'm still writing at 6 in the morning. Looking forward to seeing Robert mine some more news for us."


Arelis Hernandez '09 Wins Freedom Forum/ASNE Award for Distinguished Writing on Diversity

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Alumnae Arelis Hernandez along with two colleagues at the Orlando Sentinel win this award for their 2012 series that focused on race releations tied to the Trayvon Martin case. The award announcement says, "Their multi-platform series not only tackles the history of race relations, but also delves into the complexity of ethnicity and race in order to shatter stereotypical myths. The reporters and editors accomplished this under tough conditions -- a tragic shooting that went viral internationally." In the shadow of Race Series: Trayvon Martin Case