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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.
Fall, 2013 Adjunct Faculty:
Former copywriter and media buyer at Spectator and Independent.
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."
Former Director of Nonprofit Public Relations, Maroon PR.
Alison Burns '93
A broadcast journalist with more than 20 years experience. For the past 13 years, she has 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 for some of the biggest and best stations in the country. She currently works as a freelance producer and reporter in the D.C. area.
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.
The director of PBS NewsHour Extra, the educational resources for the PBS NewsHour, Cheers is also a multimedia producer and photographer.
Former Washington bureau reporter, Los Angeles Times.
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.
Former photo editor, The Dallas Morning News
WUSA9 - TV (Washington, D.C.) Executive Producer of Digital Content
WTOP radio editor and reporter
Financial and investigative reporter and researcher; founder of Disclosure Matters LLC. A former Wall Street Journal financial reporter and BusinessWeek Washington correspondent, Francis has also written for The New York Times' DealBook blog, local and regional newspapers, a wire service and several online publications. Website
Editor, The American Association of School Administrators.
Nineteen years at the Baltimore Sun, most of it as chief of the copy desk. Twenty years at U.S. News & World Report, most of it as chief of the news desk. Retired editor of the U.S. News Stylebook, A Usage Guide for Writers and Editors. Founder of U.S. News's house band, "Blues You Can Use." Active member of the band "Big Cam & the Lifters."
Tamara Maxine Cooke Henry
Co-founder of Scholastic Olympics, Inc., a nonprofit which annually provides multiple academic contests for high school students in the DMV. She was a 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.
An Emmy award winning sports personality, notable public speaker and teacher, created HolderSports, a sports media consultancy, which provides “difference-making” communications services such as: On-Air Talent, Motivational Speaking, Emceeing, Media Coaching, Broadcast Instruction, Public Relations and Image Consulting. Mr. Holder has a very successful and extensive career as a sports anchor, reporter, and talk show host/contributor who has worked at NBC, FOX, CBS, Comcast SportsNet (CSN), Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), CW Television Network, CBS Radio, and ESPN Radio.
Mr. Jacobsen is a freelance photographer based in Frederick, Maryland. He works consistently for The Associated Press, The Washington Post, American 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.
Justin Karp '10
After earning his Masters degree from the Merrill College in 2010, Justin returned to campus in 2013 to teach Online Journalism to undergraduates at the university. Outside of the college, Justin is the Digital Operations Manager at ABC 7 News in Washington, overseeing long-term digital projects, strategy and positioning in one of the most dynamic media markets in the world.
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.
Former Fulbright Scholar and Global Affairs Fellow.
News editor, The Washington Times.
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.
Newscaster, NPR's "All Things Considered;" Former Senior Pentagon Correspondent CNN, 1992-2008; Voice of C-SPAN 1992; Host of Capital Edition, WUSA-TV, 1989-1991; Reporter/Editor WTOP Radio 1976-1989.
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.
Steven Overly '10
Covers the Washington region’s technology, life sciences and venture capital communities for The Washington Post and its weekly Capital Business publication. Previously wrote for The Daily Record in Baltimore, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.
Sports Anchor/Reporter, WUSA-TV.
Former ABC Network correspondent, and documentary producer.
Former reporter, Newsday, and chief congressional correspondent, Chicago Tribune.
Assistant Director, Digital Communications, Kogod School of Business at American University.
Publisher, Capitol File Magazine.
A CBS Washington veteran for almost 30 years, Sharrir has served as the producer/editor for Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer and the White House beat editor for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.
Audience Engagement Editor for the Baltimore Sun's community papers (Baltimore Sun Media Group). Former web reporter, The Daily Record.
Senior manager for social media marketing at USA TODAY. At USA TODAY, he shapes the 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.
Kelly Stepno '97
Vice President and Counsel, TMG Strategies.
Deputy Bureau Chief, Washington at Dow Jones Newswires / Wall Street Journal .
Freelance writer and former group news director, Sinclair Broadcast Group.