Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

The adjunct faculty at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism represent the best and brightest of the journalism community in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region. They include current and former reporters, print editors, videographers, videotape editors, news producers, social media experts and designers from some of the top media outlets in the country. Our students directly benefit from their on-the-job experiences.

Halimah Abdullah

Abdullah is a veteran national political journalist and digital editor and writer for NBC News. In that role, she is responsible for reporting, writing, editing and web producing federal policy news and other breaking news stories from the Washington bureau for NBC News - Breaking News & Top Stories - Latest World, US & Local News. Previously, she was a content editor for Bloomberg Government, wrote for the Dallas Morning News, Newsday and was a Washington Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers. She's also written for CNN,,,, and the New York Times, among other places. Her journalism and fiction have won awards, have been published in several anthologies, and earned her invitations to attend several writing colonies. She has also taught English, creative writing, and journalism courses at Brooklyn College and John Jay College in New York and the University of the District of Columbia.


James Baxter

A doctoral candidate at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, his research interests include media in transition (past and present) and the history of broadcast journalism, with a focus on the development of news and public affairs programming during the mid 20th century transition from radio to television, and in particular the news interview program.

Before returning to school, he was publisher and editor of a biweekly newspaper serving the LGBT community in North Carolina for 26 years. During that period, he also worked on the staff of the alternative newsweeklies Spectator and the Independent (Raleigh-Durham, NC). Prior to that, he was a copywriter and media buyer for a small advertising agency.

A native of Maryland, Mr. Baxter holds two masters' degrees from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

James Baxter

Robin Bennefield
Robin Bennefield is a freelance digital media producer, content strategist and writer with over 20 years of journalism and multimedia experience. She has written and produced content for, and  She spent over 10 years with Discovery as an executive producer and site director, creating content and overseeing production of popular network sites for Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet, including Planet Earth, Puppy Bowl and Shark Week, for which she earned several Webby nominations.

She started her career in journalism at U.S. News & World Report as a reporter-researcher covering social issues, education and consumer news, and, later, became one of the producers of the first U.S. News web site. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Her true passion is travel and she chronicles her travel experiences on her blog,


William Beecher
Former Washington correspondent, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of five novels. He teaches two interpretive writing seminars and, along with two other professors,  a history course titled "Probing War."

Jaclyn Borowski '11
Jaclyn Borowski is a staff photographer at the Baltimore Business Journal whose work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Bakersfield Californian, Raleigh News & Observer, Jackson Hole News&Guide and the University of Maryland Diamondback as well as on news sites around the world.

Kelly Brewington

As an award-winning reporter at the The Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel, Kelly Brewington became an expert in covering diversity and civil rights. From the Maryland legislature to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, she has also specialized in reporting on government and politics, immigration, medicine and health care. She is now the communications director for the Office of Congressional Ethics of the U.S. House of Representatives and a freelance writer.   

Matt Brown

As senior editor for national news and enterprise at The Baltimore Sun, Matthew Hay Brown assigns and edits coverage of Washington, the military and the federal workforce, and works with reporters on investigative and enterprise projects. A former Washington correspondent and foreign correspondent, Brown has reported in English and Spanish from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor and other newspapers. He was a member of the team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting. He holds a master's degree with honors from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Chartese Burnett
Senior Director of Business Development, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society National Capital Area Chapter. Founder/CEO Chartese Enterprises LLC. Former Director of Nonprofit Public Relations, Maroon PR. Teaches Sports Media Today for undergraduates at Maryland.


Alison Burns '93

A broadcast journalist with more than 20 years of experience. Alison splits her time between teaching at the Merrill School and working as a freelance reporter/producer in the D.C. area. For 13 years, she worked as a Washington D.C. correspondent for Cox Media Group’s nationwide network of TV and radio stations. 


Reporting from Capitol Hill, the White House, the Supreme Court and the Pentagon, Burns covered major breaking news and presented daily live shots. She was a reporter on WHIO-TV Dayton, Ohio's Emmy award-winning special about Veterans and PTSD and KTVU-TV Oakland, California's Emmy award-winning top-rated morning news program. In November, 2013 Maryland Women's Basketball player Chloe Pavlech (a Merrill Journalist) named Alison her "Most Valuable Professor."

Al Calogero '76
Media and editing supervisor for WUSA-TV (Channel 9/CBS) in Washington, DC. Winner of numerous awards including three Edward R. Murrow regional awards and twenty three Emmy awards from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has also won a George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, News Specials, Editor and two  Gracie Allen Awards, Foundation of American Woman in Radio and Television; Producer/Editor for five super bowls, three world series, Democratic and Republic National Conventions and other events.

Marlene Cimons '08
Marlene Cimons spent many years as a Washington reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering health policy. Today she writes for the National Science Foundation, Climate Nexus (a New York - based, philanthropy-funded climate change communications organization), Microbe Magazine, and the Washington Post health section, among others. Her Climate Nexus articles appear regularly in the "Expert Voices" section of  and her NSF pieces appear in the "Discoveries" section of the agency's web site  and in LiveScience's "Behind the Scenes." She also has authored several science and health reports.  A graduate of Syracuse University, she has been teaching in the college since 2002, and earned her Ph.D. there in 2008.

Merrilee Cox, Ph.D.
Merrilee Cox just completed a term as the executive director of the Society for Features Journalism based at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She is an adjunct professor with the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Cox is a veteran broadcast journalist and manager, who served as Washington Bureau Chief for ABC News, Radio before starting her doctoral program in 2006 (and completed in 2014). During more than 20 years with ABC, she traveled extensively and was directly involved in coverage of news events including the war in Iraq, U.S. elections and political conventions, the Millennium Celebration and numerous Olympics.

She received her master’s degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and her bachelor’s in political science from American University. She was also a Scripps Howard Doctoral Fellow.

David Cross
David Cross is an expert on supporting entrepreneurs and growing businesses, first working for the Small Business Development Centers and most recently with Scottish Enterprise in the United Kingdom. He holds an MBA and through three decades of experience has developed in-depth skills in building networks, assessing ideas, supporting entrepreneurs in a range of settings and financial climates, as well as gaining valuable perspective into critical areas such as technology transfer and commercialization in a globalized economy.

David Cross

John Davidson
Partner in Creative Eye Consulting, which specializes in visual therapy for the newsroom.  Before leaving in January of 2003, Davidson was Assistant Managing Editor/Photography and Senior Editor/Visuals at The Dallas Morning News.  He has worked at five other newspapers (Rolla [MO] Daily News, The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, the Palm Beach Post, the Everett Herald and the Anchorage Daily News) as a photographer and photo editor.  Director of Photography for the Americas for Corbis in 2004.  During his 18 years at The Dallas Morning News the photography department won four Pulitzer Prizes and made significant contributions to two others.

John DeDakis
John DeDakis began his 45-year journalism career as a reporter/anchor/assistant news director at a student radio station at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was tear-gassed covering an anti-Vietnam war riot in 1970.  In the spring of 2013, he retired from CNN after 25 years, the last seven as a Senior Copy Editor on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Over his career, John worked as a Special Events Reporter for the American Forces Network in Germany, reported for WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wisconsin and was a reporter for CBN News in Virginia Beach. He was CBN’s White House Correspondent during the last three years of the Reagan presidency.

Joining CNN in 1988, John supervised writers on the Daybreak program from 2001-2005 and edited copy for other CNN anchors. He led workshops in broadcast news writing at the CNN-DC bureau from 2006-2013.

John taught a journalism and writing class for student interns at American University and taught an online news writing course for grad students at Regent University..

John’s awards include: An Emmy for his role in CNN's coverage of the 9/11 terror attacks; The ABA’s Gavel Award for "Judges of the Facts," a TV documentary on the jury system;  A UPI Wisconsin award for "The Cubans: Freedom and Frustration," a television documentary about the Cuban Boatlift of 1980 and the U.S. military's Thomas Jefferson Award "for excellence in broadcasting" for the 1974 radio documentary "Telling it Like it Is in Pottsville, Pennsylvania" about the Army's Hometown Recruiting Program. Website.

Darren Durlach
Darren Durlach is passionate about the craft of visual storytelling - whether it’s in Haiti, at the Super Bowl or the inauguration of a president. Durlach had the honor of being named the Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year three years in a row in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by the National Press Photographer’s Association while working for WBFF in Baltimore and has been awarded 25 Emmys© by Chesapeake Bay and New England NATAS.

While at The Boston Globe, he was awarded the prestigious George Polk award from Long Island University with a team of investigative journalists for a short documentary on the leniency Massachusetts judges show toward accused drunk drivers, as well as five national Edward R. Murrow awards. He's had the opportunity to teach video storytelling in 16 states for various organizations and looks forward to meeting passionate Terps with the shared goal of raising our industry's standards for the betterment of society. Durlach runs his own production company full time.

Darren Durlach

Sean Filburn
Sean Filburn is a Production Manager for a production company that produces several international newscasts and talk shows based out of Washington DC. However, long before he started managing crews he did a little bit of everything in TV starting as an intern in Baltimore while finishing his degree in digital animation. He turned his intern position into a production assistant position before transitioning into the role of editor, and eventually photojournalist.

Sean has had the pleasure of working with and learning from some of the most talented crews in the business. First as an Emmy award winning photojournalist at WBBF in Baltimore before moving to D.C. to cover The White House and Capital Hill for Belo’s Washington Bureau. Sean has traveled the country and even a bit of the world covering everything from breaking news, to politics, and even wars. Despite winning numerous awards from NATAS, SPJ, AP and the NPPA while meeting and telling the stories of amazing people, he still finds mentoring his peers and helping to guide young journalist to be one of his most rewarding endeavors.

Jamie Forzato '12
WTOP radio editor and reporter. A Merrill alumna, she was an anchor/reporter for CNS-TV and worked for

Tom Frank
Tom Frank is an investigative reporter for USA TODAY. Prior to joining the investigative team in 2010, Frank covered homeland security for USA TODAY. He also covered the Israel-Lebanon war in 2006, the Hurricane Katrina aftermath from Louisiana, various mining disasters and reported from Baghdad in the summer of 2007 and in March 2006.

Kathy Gambrell
Kathy Gambrell is a political journalist, editor and digital strategist who has covered Congress and the White House for more than 20 years. She spent five years with United Press International covering the 2000 presidential election, the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the diplomatic negotiations ahead of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She managed the congressional online news service for National Journal’s CongressDaily for six years. In 2011, she joined as the managing editor, establishing the online editorial newsroom.

She started her career covering local news at the Journal Newspapers and the Washington Post-owned Gazette Newspapers. She covered Maryland for The Associated Press as a general assignment reporter and defense for Aerospace Daily and Defense Report.    As a chief digital strategist for her company Social Intensity Media, she has worked with numerous businesses and nonprofits including AARP and Pew Charitable Trust. 

Jay Goldman
Jay P. Goldman is editor of School Administrator, a monthly magazine covering K-12 education issues for school superintendents nationwide. He formerly was the education reporter for the Syracuse (N.Y.) Herald-Journal and worked in the sports departments at the Philadelphia Bulletin and the Auburn (N.Y.) Citizen. He has been part of the adjunct faculty at the College of Journalism since 1989.

Mark Gray
Mark Gray is a host at CBS Radio’s WJFK-FM (106.7 The Fan) Washington, D.C. and hosts a weekly internet talk show TSL Sports Talk on Shadow League Radio powered by HSRN that is heard on and
The coordinator of multimedia content and executive producer of HBCU Sports Nation for Heritage Sports Radio Network, he is also the voice of  Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) football and basketball championship for HSRN.
Formerly, Gray hosted The SportsGroove on WOL-AM (1450) in Washington, D.C. WOLB-AM (1010) in Baltimore, Maryland.   Gray is a 1990 Who’s Who graduate of Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Associate in Arts degree from the Community College of Baltimore in Mass Communications. 

Tamara M. Cooke Henry, Ph.D. (Merrill College)
Henry worked 10 years as National Education Writer at USA Today, covered education for the Associated Press in Washington, DC and worked for United Press International in both Des Moines, Iowa and the District of Columbia. Her masters is from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She earned her doctorate at Merrill College (’05) and returned to teach at UMD in 2009. She now divides her time between teaching and managing a nonprofit organization she co-founded four years ago, called Scholastic Olympics, Inc.     

Lily Ciric Hoffmann
Lily Ciric Hoffmann is the part-time lecturer for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows program. Hoffmann has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. For the past nine years, she has worked as a multimedia producer, Web designer, social media editor, adjunct online lecturer at ASU and multi-media consultant in Phoenix. From 2007-2009, she worked as a web producer for the East Valley Tribune in Tempe, AZ, where she produced numerous multimedia packages, including several for the “Reasonable Doubt” investigation that won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting in 2009 for an investigation of civil rights abuses by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.


Danny Jacobs '06 and Multimedia Certificate - Merrill College
Danny is the senior legal reporter at The Daily Record after serving as web editor and legal affairs writer at the paper. He previously reported for The Gazette in Montgomery County. He was part of the inaugural master's certificate program class at Merrill College.

Tim Jacobsen

A freelance photographer based in Frederick, Maryland, Time works consistently for The Associated Press, The Washington PostAmerican Style magazine, is the team photographer for Frederick Keys Baseball and also works for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Life magazine, the City of Frederick and other regional publications. He has over 27 years of experience as a still photographer, and has taught photojournalism, multi-media journalism and photography for over eight years at the University of Maryland and at Hood College.

Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson has been a TV news photographer since 1993, beginning in in local news stations in Salisbury, MD and Norfolk, VA covering everything from refugees in Albania to meetings with presidents of the United States. In 2002, he moved to Washington, DC to work with Cox Media Group's Washington Bureau. He shoots national news with a local angle for 10 stations around the country. In 1996, he started, a website dedicated to TV photographers around the world, complete with job listings, discussions and valuable resources for professionals. has close to 7,000 visitors a month.

Dan Keating
A database editor/staff writer at The Washington Post, Dan specializes in analyzing information for stories and projects. He was part of the Miami Herald team that won the Goldsmith and Pulitzer prizes for investigative reporting in 1999 for exposing vote fraud, and contributed to the team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer for investigative reporting in 1998 for revealing illegal police overtime. More recently he has written about Ford Explorers, Florida ballots, the 2000 Census, the impact of poverty concentration on student performance and government spending in the District of Columbia.

Dan worked four years at The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA, before going to The Herald in 1988. Keating spent four years in the Key West Bureau, where he covered environmental issues, treasure salvors, boaters, Cuban rafters, and local crime and politics. He traveled to Cuba by boat in 1992 to report on foreign tourists, as well as endangered Cuban crocodiles in the Zapata Swamp. He then specialized in doing computer analysis with stories including illegal construction blasting, the troubled Sawgrass Expressway, police crashes, the sexual predator registry and city inspectors taking bribes.

Miranda Kennedy
Author of the book Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India, which investigates women's lives in India. Covered conflicts and economic change across South Asia while a reporter for National Public Radio and APM's Marketplace Radio for five years. Former Washington, D.C. editor at National Public Radio's Morning Edition. A novel about a British missionary in India is forthcoming.

Corey Kliewer
Web Design Manager at U.S. Department of State. An award winning graphic and web designer with 15 years experience. Mr. Kliewer is the founder and creative director at CLiK Productions LLC, a print, web and product design company.

Sheila Lalwani
Harvard fellow. Former Fulbright Scholar and Global Affairs Fellow. Teaches technical writing and international journalism.

George Lanum
News editor, The Washington Times. Former news editor, the Culpeper Star-Exponent

David Lightman '71

National political correspondent and congressional reporter for McClatchy Newspapers. A former managing editor of the Diamondback, he has worked at the Baltimore Evening Sun, where he covered the Maryland General Assembly, and was Washington Bureau Chief of the Hartford Courant from 1984 to 2007. He is a member of the Gridiron Club and is current chairman of Congress' Standing Committee of Correspondents. He has taught at the University of Maryland since 1994.

Madeline Marshall '12
Madeline Marshall is Politico's Video Producer. She produces, shoots and edits video packages for the web and award-winning television program POLITICO Live. She maintains Politico's video presence throughout the website, twitter feed and livestreams.

Charlie MacDonald
Charles MacDonald is an award-winning editor, producer and videographer. Since graduating from Canadore College’s Television Broadcasting Course in 1983, Charles MacDonald has built for himself a richly deserved reputation as an insightful television editor, videographer and producer. Building upon the practical experience culled from a 13-year career with CTV National News, Charles made the transition from the news field to that of documentary film. He is currently Supervising Editor/Videographer with the National Geographic Channel, working out of their Washington, D.C. Headquarters.

His current position at the National Geographic Channel takes MacDonald around the globe as part of a production team with a shared vision of telling a story in an unbiased and artistic way that paints an accurate portrayal of the subject. From covering the aftermath of the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2002, to camping in the Australian Outback on camel, to dog sledding in the Canadian Arctic, professional highlights keep presenting themselves to Charles. Charles has traveled to every continent except for Antarctica.

Jess Milcetich '07
Jessica is a social media and digital strategist at the General Services Administration, where she manages all social media for GSA's well-known website In her role, she helps provide social media assistance for millions of people with questions on how to navigate the complexities of the federal government. Before moving to the digital space, Jessica was a business reporter at the York Daily Record, in York, Pa. Jessica is a graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Rich Murphy
An Emmy-award winning Senior web producer at WTTG Fox 5 in Washington, D.C.  Prior to that he served as the station's managing editor. Experience includes 16 years as a photojournalist with stations in Tampa and Charlotte. Helped plan the convergence of WFLA, the Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Online. He taught multimedia at the University of South Florida and sessions for Poynter and other groups.



Mary Hartney Nahorniak (Multimedia Certificate - Merrill College)

Mary Hartney Nahorniak is the social media editor at USA TODAY, driving the newsroom's social strategy. She joined USA TODAY in the fall of 2011, after working as the editor of NewsTrust Baltimore. Before that, Mary spent several years at The Baltimore Sun, serving as a copy editor, night news editor, multimedia editor, breaking news director, and director of audience engagement, leading the paper’s first social-media team. She has also worked in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a mobile Internet company and taught online journalism for the graduate-level certificate course at the University of Maryland in fall 2011. 

Mary Hartney Nahorniak

Sharon O’Malley
Sharon O'Malley is a freelance writer, editor, consultant and trainer who has taught at the Merrill College for 20 years. Her articles have been published in dozens of mainstream newspapers and magazines, including The Arizona Republic, USA Today, The Washington Times, Ladies' Home Journal, Working Woman and American Demographics, and in trade publications like Builder, EcoHome and The HR Specialist. O'Malley has ghost-written three books, including Where Winners Live: Earn More,Sell More, Achieve More Through Personal Accountability (Jossey Bass, 2013), and is working on a fourth. She lives in College Park with her husband, WTOP anchorman Shawn Anderson.

Steven Overly '10
Steven Overly is a national reporter for The Washington Post, where he writes about technology and energy policy. He was previously a business reporter covering the technology, biotechnology and venture capital industries in the nation's capital.  During his time at UMD, 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. He was named a 2015-2016 Knight Bagehot Business Journalism Fellow by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism May 1.

David Owens
Dave serves as a Sports Anchor/reporter covering everything from the Redskins to NCAA basketball to local high school sports. He also hosts Game On! Overtime on Sunday nights at 11:30 p.m. Dave comes to DC after two years in Shreveport, Louisiana where he covered the LSU Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and multiple local universities and high schools. Before working in Shreveport, Dave was the weekend Sports Anchor in Redding, California. Dave grew up a multiple sport athlete in Southfield, Michigan, but he is no stranger to the DC area. He played football for two seasons at the Naval Academy and served in the United States Navy for six years. He also received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands (Ca.) in 2001.

Renee Poussaint
Former network correspondent for both CBS and ABC, Renee Poussaint is a recipient of three national Emmy awards for her work on ABC’s Prime Time Live for reporting, writing, and interviewing. She has done more than 100 in-depth interviews with icons from the political, entertainment, and educational worlds. Poussaint has reported from hotspots around the world including Haiti, South Africa, and Uganda, has faced armed overseers at a southern immigrant labor camp and hostile bikers at a bar in Ku Klux Klan territory. Poussaint is the co-editor of the book (with Camille Cosby), A Wealth of Wisdom: Extraordinary African American Elders Speak.

The book made it on to the New York Times best-seller list and included anecdotes (both serious and humorous) from interviews of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, and Sidney Poitier, among others. Poussaint is also the creator of the documentary filmmaking company Wisdom Works. Among her productions is the acclaimed documentary Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace.

Elaine Povich
A veteran Washington Correspondent, Povich covered Congress and politics for Newsday for eight years. Prior to joining Newsday, she was a Freedom Forum fellow engaged in a study of the relationship between Congress and the media. She is the author of "Partners and Adversaries: The Contentious Connection Between Congress and the Media," written during her fellowship and published in 1996. Before her fellowship, Povich was the Chicago Tribune’s chief congressional correspondent. In 1995, she was awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress. Currently working as a freelance reporter, Povich has written for AARP, Congress Daily and ESP. She also served as executive editor for "Face the Facts USA."

Alexander Pyles (M.J., Merrill College)
Alexander Pyles is a sports content editor at The Baltimore Sun. He manages high school sports coverage, helps produce, and edits and occasionally writes stories for the paper and website. He was previously the State House reporter for The (Md.) Daily Record and local editor for

Scott Rensberger
Scott Rensberger is one of the most awarded journalists in the business. He's the only person ever to win both the highest award for investigative reporting (IRE Scroll) and also be named the best news photographer in the United States (NPPA Photographer of the Year). During the past two decades, Rensberger has crossed the globe working as a one-man-band. He's worked extensively throughout Europe and has brought home stories from Central America to Asia and almost all points in between.

His work has aired on dozens of networks across North America, Europe and Australia. Throughout the years, Rensberger has also worked as a news trainer. He's lectured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and has trained thousands of journalists in more than 30 countries. The BBC refers to Rensberger as the "best VJ in the world." Website

Luke Rollins
Luke Rollins is an award-winning photojournalist at Fox 45 News / WBFF in Baltimore. 


Anne Rosen
Anne Farris Rosen has been a journalist since 1980, specializing in coverage of politics, government, legal affairs and social issues at the international, national and local levels. Based in Washington, D.C., Rosen has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and newspapers in Arkansas, Missouri and North Carolina. Most recently, she has contributed to websites maintained by the Pew Research Center and the Center for Public Integrity. Rosen has also worked as an off-camera reporter for London-based documentary film production companies and written books published by Simon & Schuster. She currently is editing a book on the civil rights movement, and is a Domestic Print Finalist Judge for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.

Jennifer Rynda
Staff photographer for the Baltimore Sun Media Group. Become coming to Baltimore, Jenn worked for the Rocheser Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY. She won numerous awards for her work including MDDC in 2011 and 2012, New York State AP Awards and was an NPPA Clip Contest winner in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Photo courtesy Lori Duprey.

Sarah Schaffer (MA '03)
Director of Marketing and Communications for the Philips Collection in Washington, D.C.
Sarah is a marketing, public relations, communications and digital/social strategy executive with 14 years of journalistic experience in the country's top newsrooms. She has 18 years of experience directing complex projects, crafting strategic plans and managing teams both large and small. Before moving to the Philips Collection, she served for more than four years as Editor-in-Chief, Publisher and finally President of Capitol File magazine.

Emma Schwartz
Schwartz is an associate producer for Frontline's Big Sky Big Money project. Before that she was a multimedia reporter with the Center for Public Integrity and a member of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund. Before that she was in the investigative unit of ABC News, where she uncovered a secret payment by a Florida congressman to his former mistress. Schwartz also wrote about legal affairs for U.S. News & World Report and was a reporter with Legal Times, covering topics from the U.S. attorney scandal to the trial of Scooter Libby. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, among other publications. She was a fellow with Loyola’s Journalist Law School in 2008 and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Stuart Schwartz
A television news producer and senior producer at ABC News for 41 years, Stu Schwartz retired in 2009 as Senior Broadcast Producer of ABC News. He has since served as an adjunct professor of broadcasting at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, a student advisor at the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and as a lecturer in China on American television news sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Specialties include Television news production; writing for television; long form and documentary production; newsmagazine production; morning television production.

Jonathan Sham '09
Audience Engagement Editor for the Baltimore Sun's community papers (Baltimore Sun Media Group). Former web reporter, The Daily Record.

Chris Shlemon
Chris Shlemon of ITN Channel 4 News has been in broadcasting since 1983. The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded over Florida in 1986 on Chris' first official day at ITN. The tone was set for what has been a fascinating career of covering every major political event, breaking news story, natural disaster and cultural trend in the U.S. and around the world. Growing up in Chicago during the exciting and tumultuous 60’s sparked his fascination with television news. He says it's what he always wanted to do. Covering the United States for a British television network over the last 20 years has given Shlemon a unique foreign perspective of America. "So many aspects of American life, things that we take for granted, fascinate the rest of the world. It’s been my privilege to broadcast stories about America to a foreign audience on a daily basis." (Thank you WHNPA)

Katie Smith
Katie Smith is a senior digital editor for USA TODAY, editing and producing politics and government news for She previously spent eight years at Roll Call, serving as the managing editor for the Capitol Hill newspaper in addition to roles as the copy chief, copy editor and designer. She has an MA in journalism from Ball State University, where she was an adjunct instructor.

Mark Smith
As Senior manager for social media marketing at USA TODAY. Mark shapes social media strategy. Prior to coming to USA TODAY, he was the assistant editor for digital media at the Detroit Free Press, where he built the newspaper’s social platforms. In Detroit, he was also the paper’s technology columnist and covered consumer technology and the social Web. His technology writing has appeared in USA TODAY, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other U.S. newspapers. In 2010, Smith was honored as the Young Journalist of the Year by the Central Michigan University Journalism Hall of Fame. Smith is a graduate of Central Michigan University where he majored in photojournalism. He has also worked at the Grand Rapids Press and the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Paul Sparrow
Paul Sparrow is the Senior Vice President for Broadcasting and New Media at the Newseum, the interactive museum of news. He oversees the Newseum’s interactive exhibits and video production, and is a leading expert on exhibit technology integration. He led the development of the HP New Media gallery, one of the most complex interactive exhibits in the world, and was the executive in charge of “The Future of News” series on public television. The Newseum’s award-winning web site and social media sites were established under his guidance.

He is a member of the American Alliance of Museum’s Media and Technology group, and a founding partner in the University of Maryland’s Future of Information Alliance. Sparrow came to the Newseum in 1999 from the Discovery Channel. An Emmy-Award winning television producer, he created more than 300 hours of prime-time programming, and more than a dozen documentaries and network specials. He also worked as an executive producer for The Learning Channel, Fox and public television. He began his television career at KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco.

Kelly Stepno '97
Executive in the strategic communications field who is an attorney and recent MBA graduate. Senior manager and client advisor with in-depth, hands-on knowledge of the challenges facing the global pharmaceutical, health care and education industries including government investigations, reimbursement, disease awareness, patent issues, FDA regulation, product liability lawsuits, changing landscape of reform and audience engagement. Specialties include strategic communications, crisis and litigation communications, issues and reputation management, stakeholder identification and outreach, corporate law.

Rob Wells
Former Deputy Bureau Chief, Washington at Dow Jones Newswires / Wall Street Journal  and reporter for Bloomberg News. Before coming to Maryland, he taught business journalism classes at the University of South Carolina. He will be a doctoral student in the Merrill College starting fall, 2013.

Cindy Wright
Freelance writer and former group news director, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Jeffery R. Young
Jeffrey R. Young is a senior editor for The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has also written for national publications including The New York Times, New Scientist, and The Wall Street Journal. An article he wrote was selected for The Best of Technology Writing 2007. Website

Mark Young
Managing Editor - - English at Voice of America

Jackie (Sauter) Zajac '05 Merrill College '13 MA - iSchool
Director, Strategic Communications, Kogod School of Business at American University.