Originally published April 17, 2017.

Updated June 14, 2017.

(Adapted from a Society of Professional Journalists – Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter Release.)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 17) – Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish is the SPJ-DC Pro Chapter Distinguished Service Award in Local Journalism winner for 2017. She was presented the award during the professional chapter’s annual Hall of Fame/Dateline Awards dinner in the ballroom of the National Press Club June 13.

She was introduced by CNS Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef. Read Dean Dalglish’s comments.

Dean Dalglish began her career as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. After law school, she worked as a media attorney and then became executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which provides free legal support and advocacy to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights of journalists. After a dozen years as a national spokeswoman on those issues, she became dean of the 600-student Philip Merrill College of Journalism  at the University of Maryland in 2012.

Previous Merrill College Distinguished Award Winners

Dean Dalglish is just the latest in a long line of Merrill College faculty and staff who have been honored with a Distinguished Service Award. CNS Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef, Professor Maurine Beasley, Dean Reese Cleghorn and Assistant Dean Frank Quine were previous winners.

Dean Lucy Dalglish with SPJ Foundation Scholarship winner Stephanie Parr.

Dean Lucy Dalglish with SPJ Foundation Scholarship winner Stephanie Parr.

Student Scholarship Winner

Merrill College student Stephanie Parr was awarded a $3,000 Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Scholarship during the dinner. Parr is a junior broadcast journalism major. Learn more about the SPJ scholarships on the SPJDC website.

Hall of Fame Award Winners

The SPJ Pro chapter also inducted ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten and RealClearPolitics White House correspondent Alexis Simendinger as members of the Hall of Fame during the awards dinner.

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