COLLEGE PARK (6/4/18) University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism faculty members Sandy Banisky and Leslie Walker have been promoted to senior lecturer.

“I’m pleased that our professional track faculty committee and the university have recognized the many accomplishments of these two spectacular faculty members,” Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish said in an email to faculty and staff. “It shows how much we value our professional faculty members.”

Among other courses, Banisky teaches the Baltimore urban affairs reporting class, which spends a semester working in Baltimore reporting on issues of importance to cities. A class project on how housing conditions contribute to illness in Baltimore — reported and published in partnership with the Capital News Service data lab and Kaiser Health Newswon the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award last month.

Banisky joined the college as Abell Professor in Baltimore Journalism in 2008. Before that, she was deputy managing editor for news at The Baltimore Sun, supervising the metro, foreign, national, sports and business desks.

She also served as The Sun’s deputy managing editor for metro. In 2002, the metro staff’s coverage of the Washington Beltway snipers was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Previously, she was The Sun’s national editor and before that, a reporter.

Walker, who teaches interactive design and development among other courses, joined the college in 2008 as the Knight Visiting Professor in Digital Innovation.

Before that, she was vice president for news and editor of washingtonpost.com at WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive.

She spent 16 years writing and editing for The Washington Post and earlier covered state politics for The (Baltimore) Evening Sun. Her weekly “.com” column in The Post chronicled how the Internet transformed media economics and empowered readers to take a more participatory role in media.

For more information, contact:
Alexander A. Pyles
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