COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Veteran multimedia journalist and 15-time Emmy Award winner Andrea McCarren will be the spring commencement speaker for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
“Andrea McCarren lives and breathes journalism at a very high level,” said Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish. “We are excited to welcome her to the University of Maryland to speak to our graduating students.”
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism commencement ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. May 22 in the Dekelboum Concert Hall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on campus.
McCarren said she will be “talking to graduates about surviving and thriving in the competitive news industry by embracing change and lifelong learning.”
Andrea McCarren – Award Winning Journalist
Andrea McCarren has been reporting and anchoring in Washington, D.C. for more than two decades.
Currently a reporter for WUSA9 (CBS) News in Washington, D.C., her career includes covering the Clinton White House for ABC News, where she frequently traveled with the President on Air Force One. She has served as a DC-based correspondent for NBC News, and has been a local reporter and news anchor in Miami, Portland, Wichita, and Savannah.
As a reporter, her focus has been on covering covering crime, corruption, domestic and international terrorism, politics, immigration and natural disasters.
McCarren just won her third Edward R. Murrow award. She has also received national honors from both Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, where she developed and taught the first broadcast journalism courses in Harvard history.
Her award-winning investigative work has led to changes in state law, been shown in Congressional hearings and state legislative sessions, been used nationwide to train law enforcement and has even helped federal authorities capture a wanted fugitive.
She has traveled twice to El Salvador, documenting the MS-13 gang pipeline between the U.S. and Central America. She reported extensively on the flow of illegal immigrants from El Salvador to the Washington, D.C. area.
After being laid off from her job in a corporate downsizing in 2009, she created “Project Bounce Back” to document the way other Americans handled adversity in tough economic times. With her husband, three children and a rented RV, she traveled through 21 states and covered more than 6,400 miles to find stories of inspiration, hope and reinvention. Their itinerary was determined primarily through social media.
In 2011, McCarren began investigating underage drinking and substance abuse. She produced dozens of news stories, including a series of reports that led to the arrest and conviction of a D.C. liquor store owner who was caught selling alcohol to minors. Their work attracted worldwide attention and has been recognized nationally by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and regionally with community service awards from the Keeping It Safe Coalition of Montgomery County, Maryland and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program. She has been invited to speak about her landmark reporting on underage drinking at conferences across the country, including the Northwest Alcohol Conference in Boise, Idaho and at a statewide conference in Detroit, at the invitation of the Michigan Governor’s office.
McCarren is a cum laude anthropology graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and the London School of Economics in England. She was honored with the KCBS-TV Fellowship for graduate study at the University of Southern California School of Journalism. She is married to Bill McCarren, the Executive Director of the National Press Club.