COLLEGE PARK (8/28/18) — Marty Kaiser, who led his newsroom to three Pulitzer Prizes, has been named the first Howard Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where he will help launch the new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and work with the college’s award-winning Capital News Service.
Kaiser, who started Tuesday, had been a consultant for the college since this past spring, when he was contracted to study a potential expansion of CNS, the nonprofit student-powered news organization with bureaus and news teams in Annapolis, Baltimore, College Park and Washington.
Howard Distinguished Visiting Fellows spend a year as faculty members working with the college and the new Howard Center, which was funded by a $3 million grant awarded by the Scripps Howard Foundation.
“We are incredibly fortunate that Marty Kaiser, one of the nation’s most respected journalism leaders, has agreed to join us as the first Howard Distinguished Visiting Fellow,” Dean Lucy A. Dalglish said. “Marty’s experience leading an innovative digital newsroom renowned for its investigative reporting will help us launch the Howard Center, starting with a search for a director.”
Kaiser was editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from 1997 to 2015. The Journal Sentinel won Pulitzer Prizes in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
In addition to helping launch the Howard Center, he will work with CNS to strengthen its mission of public affairs journalism, investigative reporting, cutting edge storytelling and entrepreneurial product development.
CNS students work as investigative and data reporters, cover state and federal government bodies, produce compelling visual journalism for broadcast and digital publication, develop audience engagement strategies and more.
The news service will also collaborate with the Howard Center, which will be dedicated to publishing meaningful investigations in partnership with professional news organizations and producing the next generation of watchdog reporters.
“It is an honor to join a journalism school with the exceptional international reputation of the Merrill College,” said Kaiser, a senior fellow at the Democracy Fund and nationally recognized media consultant.
“I am impressed with the quality, integrity and innovation of the faculty, staff and students. The Merrill College has an important role in the future of journalism.”
In 2009, Editor & Publisher magazine named Kaiser Editor of the Year for his work in Milwaukee, where he increased investigative and enterprise reporting while developing one of the most respected newsroom cultures in the nation.
Before arriving in Milwaukee, Kaiser was associate managing editor of The Baltimore Sun. He previously was executive sports editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and a reporter and editor at newspapers in Florida.