Sandra Banisky

Abell Professor in Baltimore Journalism

Sandy Banisky, former deputy managing editor of The (Baltimore) Sun, teaches urban affairs reporting, a class that explores issues important to cities using Baltimore as a laboratory. At the Sun, she supervised metro, foreign, national, sports and business news and developed front-page stories from every department of the paper.

Maurine H. Beasley

Professor Emerita

Professor Emerita Maurine H. Beasley, a former education editor of the Kansas City (Mo.) Star and former staff writer for the Washington Post, is a journalism historian who specializes in women’s portrayal and participation in journalism. Her particular focus is Washington women journalists including Eleanor Roosevelt, who considered herself a journalist, and the coverage of first ladies.

Kevin Blackistone

Visiting Professor

Kevin Blackistone is a longtime national sports columnist now at The Washington Post, a panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, an occasional contributor to National Public Radio and co-author of A Gift for Ron, a memoir by former NFL star Everson Walls published in November 2009 about his kidney donation to one-time teammate Ron Springs

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Kalyani Chadha

Assistant Professor; Director, Media, Self and Society Program, College Park Scholars

Kalyani Chadha's research broadly focuses on issues of media globalization; the implications of new media technologies with a particular emphasis on international contexts as well as the media and journalism landscape in India. Her work has appeared in leading journals such as Media, Culture and Society, the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, and Global Media and Communication and Convergence.She has also presented at major media and journalism related conferences including AEJMC, IAMCR, ICA and NCA.

Ira Chinoy

Associate Professor

NOTE: Professor Chinoy is on sabbatical until Fall, 2015.

Ira Chinoy has 24 years of experience as a journalist at four newspapers: The Washington Post, The Providence (R.I.) Journal, The Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune and The Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial. As director of computer-assisted reporting at The Washington Post, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a 1998 series on the use of deadly force by the D.C. police. At The Providence Journal, where he was a reporter from 1981 to 1995, Chinoy was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for coverage of corruption and patronage in the Rhode Island courts.

Cassandra Clayton

Broadcast Lecturer

Cassandra Clayton has served as director of the Capital News Service broadcast bureau, and now teaches broadcast writing and reporting courses as the college. Hired as an NBC News correspondent in 1983, over the next two decades she reported from their Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., bureaus.

Lucy A. Dalglish

Dean and Professor

Lucy A. Dalglish became Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland on August 1, 2012.

She served as executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press from 2000 to 2012. The Reporters Committee is a voluntary, unincorporated association of reporters and news editors dedicated to protecting the First Amendment interests of the news media. Based in Arlington, Va., the Reporters Committee has provided research, guidance and representation in major press cases in state and federal courts since 1970.

Josh Davidsburg


Josh Davidsburg is an award-winning broadcast journalist and 2001 Merrill College alumnus. Following his education, Josh started his career at WMDT in Salisbury; three years later, he moved to Fort Myers, Florida, where he worked for NBC-2 WBBH for two years. He then returned home to work for WBAL in Baltimore and Maryland Public Television, where he reported for two years.

Karen Denny

Annapolis Bureau Director, Capital News Service

Karen Denny is the Annapolis bureau director of the Capital News Service. Denny is a former editor with the McClatchy-Tribune (formerly Knight Ridder/Tribune) News Service, where she founded the wire’s Newsfeatures and International sections, and most recently was a features editor. She previously worked as the Maryland editor for the Washington Times, and at the suburban Journal Newspapers as an editor and local government reporter. She also served as a professor at Sang Ji University in Won Ju, South Korea.

Nicholas Diakopoulos

Assistant Professor

Computational journalist Nicholas Diakopoulos comes to the University of Maryland from Columbia University, where he was a Tow fellow in the Graduate School of Journalism.

With a background in computer science and human-computer interaction, Diakopoulos received his Ph.D. from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, where he co-founded the program in Computational Journalism. He was also a Computing Innovation (CI) Fellow at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, and has worked at the CUNY School of Journalism and the University of Bergen in Norway. His consulting practice focuses on the research, design, and development of computational media applications.

Mark Feldstein

Richard Eaton Professor of Broadcast Journalism

Mark Feldstein spent twenty years as an award-winning on-air investigative correspondent at CNN, ABC News, and various local television stations.  He has been beaten up in the U.S., detained and censored by government authorities in Egypt, and escorted out of the country under armed guard in Haiti.  His exposés led to resignations, firings, multi-million dollar fines, and prison terms.  Feldstein has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals; his recent book Poisoning The Press has received widespread critical acclaim and earned top academic awards for

Adrianne Flynn

Internships and Career Development Director, Lecturer

Adrianne Flynn is the Philip Merrill College's internship coordinator. She has worked for the college since 1999, and ran both the Annapolis and Washington, D.C., bureaus of Capital News Service. During her long career as a reporter, she covered nearly every beat at news outlets in four states, but specialized in politics and public policy. She ended her reporting career as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Arizona Republic.

Christopher Hanson

Associate Professor

Christopher Hanson worked for 20 years as a reporter for Time, The Washington Star, Reuters and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, focusing on topics such as presidential politics, Congress, the environment, American diplomacy and military affairs. Hanson was a combat correspondent in the Gulf War and covered the civil war in Rwanda.

Chris Harvey

Director of Assessments; Director of the Graduate Multimedia Certificate Program; Multimedia and Health Lecturer

Chris Harvey has worked as an online editor, a magazine editor, a political reporter and a journalism teacher. In her earliest positions at the college, she directed the student-staffed Capital News Service bureaus in Washington and Annapolis. But she has been immersed in multimedia storytelling since 1996, when she went to work part time (and later full time) as an associate editor at The Washington Post’s website.

Diana Huffman

Baltimore Sun Distinguished Lecturer

Diana Huffman has served as managing editor of National Journal and as reporter and then editor of Legal Times in Washington, D.C. She also worked as a radio and TV reporter in New York City and Louisville, Ky. Huffman served as a senior aide in the U.S. Senate for 10 years, as staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee (1987-1991) and as legislative director for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) (1992-1996). She also served as a consultant for press and outreach at the White House Fellows (1997-1999).

Sue Kopen Katcef

Lecturer & Broadcast Bureau Director, Capital News Service

Sue Kopen Katcef is an award-winning veteran broadcast journalist who serves as director of "Maryland Newsline," the nightly news show produced by advanced broadcast news reporting students as part of the College's Capital News Service program. “Maryland Newsline” airs on UMTV, the cable TV channel operated by the Merrill College of Journalism which is seen in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.

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Kevin Klose


A former editor, and national and foreign correspondent with The Washington Post, Klose is an award-winning author and worldwide broadcasting executive. He is now a tenured professor after serving as dean of the Merrill College from April 2009 to July 2012. He came to Merrill from his post as president emeritus of National Public Radio, where he served as president from 1998 to 2008. Klose served as President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty from 2012 to 2014. He is currently on sabbatical and will return to the Merrill College in the Fall of 2015. 

Tom Linthicum, Jr.

Washington, D.C. Bureau Director, Capital News Service

Tom Linthicum has three decades of experience in managing people and processes, leading organizational change, improving individual and team performance and writing and editing for maximum impact and results.

Before founding TDL Group Inc. in 2001, Tom was Director of Employment and Organization Development for The Baltimore Sun. In that role, he oversaw all hiring and training for the company. He was also a faculty member in corporate leadership training programs for two Fortune 500 companies—Times Mirror and Tribune.

Rafael Lorente

Associate Dean & Master's Program Director

Rafael Lorente is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Director of the Master's Program. Previously he served as the Capital News Service Washington, D.C. and Annapolis Bureau Directors. Lorente is a former reporter with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald. As a reporter in Washington for the Sun-Sentinel, Lorente covered the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, the attacks of Sept. 11, and U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, particularly Cuba.

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Susan Moeller

Professor of Media and International Affairs & Director, International Center for Media and the Public Agenda

Dr. Susan Moeller is the director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA), an academic center that forms a bridge between the College of Journalism and the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is Professor of Media and International Affairs in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and an affiliated faculty member at the School of Public Policy.

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Sean Mussenden

Digital Director | Capital News Service
Co-Editor | American Journalism Review
Lecturer | Digital media, data visualization, computational journalism

Sean Mussenden, a former Washington correspondent, oversees two experiential, hands-on journalism training programs at the Merrill College that are integral to the college's "teaching hospital" model of professional instruction: Capital News Service and American Journalism Review. He also teaches traditional courses incorporating data visualization, programming, web development, web design, data analysis, social media and computational journalism.

Deborah Nelson

Associate Professor of Investigative Journalism

Deborah Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Fulbright specialist in investigative reporting. She joined the Merrill faculty in 2006 after five years as the Washington investigations editor for The Los Angeles Times. She also reported for the Washington Post, Seattle Times and Chicago Sun-Times. She currently is a freelance reporter for Reuters.

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Sarah Oates

Professor and Senior Scholar

Sarah Oates is a scholar in the field of political communication and democratization. A major theme in her work is the way in which the traditional media and the Internet can support or subvert democracy in places as diverse as Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Prof. Oates also oversees the Merrill College Ph.D. program.

Dana Priest

John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism

Washington Post investigative reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Dana Priest became the third John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism May 2, 2014.

Priest has spent the majority of her career focusing on national security, military operations and the U.S. intelligence agencies. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and three-time finalist, Priest uncovered secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe and deplorable conditions for veterans at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington.

George Solomon

Professor of the Practice and Director, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism

George Solomon was Assistant Managing Editor for Sports at the Washington Post from June 1975 to June 2003. Mr. Solomon began working at the Post in June 1972, joining the sports staff as a reporter covering the Redskins, the National Football League, and college sports.

He came to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2003 and was named Professor of the Practice in 2008.  He assumed the directorship of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism in Nov. 2011. 

Linda Steiner


Linda Steiner studies how and when gender matters in news and newsrooms and how feminists use media. Other research areas include media ethics; journalism history; and citizen journalism. Current projects include researching a book about women war reporters and co-editing a handbook on gender and war. Steiner has written, co-authored, or edited six books, as well as many book chapters and refereed articles. She is a former president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and editor-elect of Journalism & Mass Communication Monographs.

Carl Sessions Stepp


Carl Sessions Stepp specializes in writing and editing, journalism’s history and heritage, and newsroom organization and change. He has written two books, Writing as Craft and Magic and Editing for Today's Newsroom, and is senior contributing editor of American Journalism Review.  He has done writing and editing consulting for news organizations around the country and was a reporter and editor for 12 years with the St. Petersburg Times, Charlotte Observer and USA Today.

Bethany Swain


From the Pope and Sarah Palin to the Queen of England and NATO troops in Afghanistan, Bethany Swain covered a wide variety of news events during her 10 years shooting, editing, writing and producing stories for CNN. She was a versatile member of the Washington Bureau, and was one of the women that made up only 5 percent of CNN’s domestic photojournalists team.

Leslie Walker

Visiting Professor in Digital Innovation

A newspaper journalist and pioneer in Internet news, Leslie Walker served as vice president for news and editor of washingtonpost.com at WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive, the digital media subsidiary of the Washington Post Co.

She spent 16 years writing and editing for The Washington Post and earlier covered state politics for the Baltimore Evening Sun.

Ronald A. Yaros

Associate Professor

Engaging mobile users is the mission of Ronald Yaros. His P-I-C-K model uniquely combines personalization, interactivity, and coherence in multimedia while reducing distracting content. This research began in 2006 and is featured in books about social media and citizen journalismjournals, Campus Technology, The Baltimore Sun, Harvard's Nieman ReportsAJR, The Chronicle of Higher Ed's ProfHacker and national presentations. Previously, Yaros worked for 20 years as a TV reporter/anchor and as President of a national software corporation. Learn more at Explain My News and Twitter